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U16 EJA - Match centre

Braintree town
Maldon & Tiptree
Sun 8 Oct 11:00 - League Full time Attendance 60

Jammers take 3 points

Jammers prevail after shaky start

Jammers prevail after shaky start

Maldon travelled to Braintree Town having had a week off due to County Representative commitments last week. Braintree are a new side at this level mainly comprised of boys who were playing local league football last season although a few have EJA experience, they have made a steady start to the season including a notable win over Billericay Town.

Maldon started the game playing up the slope and had the better of the early possession and territory, Braintree were looking to get the ball forward early to use their pacey forwards. The game exploded to life after 7 minutes as a right wing cross was allowed into our box far too easily and was met by a strong volley which beat Ports dive into the corner. Worse was to come as within a minute a long diagonal ball eluded the Maldon defence and fell perfectly for the Braintree forward to hit a powerful first time shot from the edge of the box into the net. A response was needed and within 2 minutes Maldon got back into the game. A searching ball down the left found Ed who controlled expertly before hitting an inch perfect cross to the far post for Stef who made no mistake with his header. Maldon continued to labour though with little in the way of fluid football. Stef created an opportunity for himself with a strong run and shot that was well saved. On 21 minutes Stef made space on the right and crossed for Fred who controlled and volleyed fiercely past the keeper. Maldon now had momentum but that drained almost straight away following a defensive calamity which gifted the simplest goal to Braintree. Jack and Tyler both had efforts narrowly off target but it was huff and puff from Maldon with little cohesion. 3-2 behind at the half time break and some intervention needed from the management team.

Maldon were out early for the second half with a tweak to the formation. Ross came on for Albert who was carrying a knock. The boys started to exert more pressure, Stef had a shot saved before on 48 minutes finding himself on the end of a good probing ball from Joe, he controlled and lobed the keeper, following in to make sure of the goal. 3-3 and this time could the boys maintain control? A clever free kick from Fred released Jack whose cross shot hit the angle of post and bar before being scrambled away. The game was now largely in the Braintree half and on 66 minutes Maldon took the lead with a towering header from birthday boy Dylan of Joe’s corner, the ball flying into the top corner. However almost from the restart some slack defending allowed a Braintree forward time and space about 10 yards out, luckily his shot was high and crashed against the bar before being cleared after a lengthy ping pong in the box. On 68 Maldon sewed up the game as Tyler outpaced the defence and hit a low drive across the keeper into the far corner. The best move of the game with half a dozen one touch passes led to Banners having a shot inches wide as finally the boys started to show their ability on the ball. The game ended with Fred heading narrowly over.

Full time and 5-3 to Maldon. A game where a bit of grit and determination got us out of jail against a tidy Braintree outfit. The real Maldon football was only really evident in the latter stages of the second half and while it’s encouraging to win whilst being below par we’ll need to show more from the start this week when we entertain Hitchin in the EJA Cup.

Come on you Jammers………………

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