Fine FA Cup win for the Jammers
By dave garwood
A double burst of two goals in two minutes in each half saw Maldon and Tiptree overcome Waltham Abbey and move into the next round of the Cup.
Maldon and Tiptree FC v Waltham Abbey FC FA Cup First Round Preliminary Saturday 19 August 2017
Jammers boss Kevin Horlock made two changes to the last line up in the abandoned fixture against AFC Sudbury with Nicholas Akoto and Suliman Bah coming in for George Keys and Alfie Rowland.
On a fine bright afternoon on a good playing surface the home side got in the first threatening moves with Ryan Gondoh playing in Matt Lock who in turn gave Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe a clear shooting chance but he put his effort well over then Kieran Bailey put in a fine centre across the visitors goal but no home forward was able to profit. The visitors responded for Billy Holland to play in prolific goalscorer Christian Assombalonga to go forward on goal but home keeper Andy Walker was quickly off his line to just gather the ball then Assombalonga spurned a good chance when a long ball put him clear of the home defence but he shot well over an open goal as the keeper advanced. The Jammers early fine attacking moves were rewarded after 15 minutes when a short corner routine between Johnville Renee and Kieran Bailey ended with the ball being played to the far post where Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe forced the ball home between visiting keeper Lewis Lockyer and his post. Just two minutes later a fine individual goal by Chris Millar put the Jammers two up when he gained possession just inside the visitors half and he took the ball past a number of defenders before firing in a great shot from 20 metres that flew past Lockyer at his near post. With the home sides tails now well up Renee put Suliman Bah through but a good save by Lockyer kept the ball out of his net then the keeper did even better to keep out Bailey's effort after the home forward had gone on a good run forward before firing off a strong shot from the edge of the penalty area. Gondoh then put Millar away to then give Ogedi-Uzokwe a shooting chance but his strong shot just flew the wrong side of the post. Although Maldon and Tiptree were having much the better of the play Waltham Abbey threatened spasmodically with their main outlet the ball over the top of the home defence for Assombalonga or Darrelle Russel to chase and home defenders Emmanuel Udoji and George Forrest needed to stay alert to this danger. Abbey almost got a goal back when Rimmel Daniels put Assombalonga away down the left but his strong low cross flew along the home goal line with no one getting a touch. After the Jammers Ogedi-Uzokwe had again showed some fine skills to get past three defender wide on the left his powerful shot was just parried away by Lockyer before the visitors pulled a goal back after 38 minutes when a long ball down the left was played in low to the home goalmouth to find Macauley Joynes with time and space to put the ball beyond Walker from 5 metres.
Half Time Maldon and Tiptree FC 2 Waltham Abbey 1
The home side continued to have the better of the play and make the better goal scoring chances in the second half with an early long throw to Ogedi-Uzokwe giving him the chance to play the ball back to Bailey who shot narrowly over before Millar and Renee combined well in midfield
to put Bailey in on goal but again the shot went over. On 55 minutes a repeat of the home sides two goals in two minutes put the game virtually beyond Waltham Abbey's grasp. The first came when Gondoh's great ball forward was expertly controlled and taken down by Bailey before he moved forward to lob over the onrushing Lockyer and into an empty net then just a couple of minutes later Ogedi-Uzokwe got his second of the game when he showed good ball skills along the goal line to get past a couple of defenders before pulling the ball inside to get the angle to shot between Lockyer and his post. The rampant Jammers then put in a superb passing move down the length of the pitch before Millar cracked in a good drive from 25 metres that flew just wide then both Bailey and Ogedi-Uzokwe were just a whisker away from adding to the scoreline with efforts that went narrowly wide. Abbey's one good move of the second half saw a good passing move end with Daniels's close range shot being well blocked by home keeper Walker. Various substitutions by both sides failed to change the general attacking play towards the visitors goal and the Jammers moved further ahead after 78 minutes when Man of Match Ryan Gondoh fired in a fine 25 metre free kick to beat the defensive wall and keeper to finish in the top corner. The Jammers Ogedi-Uzokwe, who also had a fine game, then put substitute Alfie Rowland through on goal but Lockyer came out well to pull off a good blocking save before Bailey put Ogedi-Uzokwe clear on goal but he shot well over to end an encouraging performance from the home side.
Final score Maldon and Tiptree FC 5 Waltham Abbey FC 1
Maldon and Tiptree FC
Andy Walker, Nicholas Akoto (Harvey Brown 63), Ryan Gondoh, Matt Lock, Emmanuel Udoji (Alfie Rowland 76), George Forrest, Suliman Bah, Johnville Renee, Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe, Chris Millar, Kieran Bailey
Gavin Greenfield, Curtis Haynes-Brown, David Levey
Waltham Abbey FC
Lewis Lockyer, Tyler Brampton, Macauley Joynes, Rimmel Daniels, Spencer Harrison (Eli Benoit 76), Sam Robbins, Firmin Shadreck (Jack Daveney 79) , Billy Holland, Darrelle Russel, Christian Assombalonga, Michael Spencer (Benjamin Glasgow 76),
Ross Johnson, James Pellin