Sunday, 13 March 2011

NO GOALS AT GOLDSDOWN ROAD

The result neither side really wanted yesterday as Needham Market couldn't find their way past Rob Blackburne, who put in a tremendous man of the match performance, in the the Town goal. When the away side did get the ball past Blackburne(on two occasions) the crossbar and post assisted Enfield Town in keeping the scoreline at 0-0.

On reflection the positives are -
(1) with some hard work at the back, Rob's brilliant display and a slice of luck thrown in the Town kept a clean sheet against one of the title challengers
(2) the Town didn't lose at home.
(3) with nine league games left there is still a chance a top five position can be attained.

Market, backed by a good away following, were much the sharper going forward throughout the ninety minutes and had the better chances to win the game. They had a good shout for a penalty in the opening minutes when Mark Kirby appeared to handle the ball in the box. Was it ball to hand or hand to ball?? (0.20 to 0.40 on the video) If it was given it may have been slightly harsh.

Market had two good chances in the first half to score with Rob Blackburne making good saves from each effort. In the second half they had several more chances but failed to hit the back of the net which most probably would of got them the three points they needed in their title race against East Thurrock United.

Town with Leon Osei, Bryan Hammatt, Stuart Blackburne and the returning Walid Matata all in the starting XI did have a few chances to score with Osei's shot in the first half coming on a Needham defender's head in the first half and Matata's ball across goal in the second half which Hammatt unluckily couldn't get a touch on, the home side's best chances.

FINAL SCORE - 0-0

MATCH HIGHLIGHTS



Yesterday's Ryman North results 

AFC Sudbury           0 2 East Thurrock United 306  
Enfield Town          0 0 Needham Market       223  
Grays Athletic        4 0 Waltham Forest       217  
Great Wakering Rovers 2 7 Brentwood Town        95 
Harlow Town           2 1 Thamesmead Town      184  
Ilford                1 0 Cheshunt              41  
Maldon & Tiptree      0 0 Wingate & Finchley    66  
Potters Bar Town      1 2 Romford              137  
Tilbury               0 2 Redbridge             72  
Ware                  0 1 Waltham Abbey        141 

Current League Table  
                         P  W  D  L GF GA  GD PTS 
1  East Thurrock United  32 24 4  4 70 31 +39 76 
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2  Needham Market        30 22 5  3 73 34 +39 71 
3  Brentwood Town        32 17 7  8 63 43 +20 58 
4  Wingate & Finchley    31 15 8  8 52 44 + 8 53 
5  Maldon & Tiptree      32 14 8 10 57 52 + 5 50 
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6  Harlow Town           30 15 4 11 42 42   0 49 
7  AFC Sudbury           30 14 6 10 61 52 + 9 48 
8  Enfield Town          31 14 5 12 58 39 +19 47 
9  Romford               28 14 5  9 45 37 + 8 47 
10 Heybridge Swifts      30 12 8 10 57 42 +15 44 
11 Waltham Abbey         30 12 8 10 55 41 +14 44 
12 Grays Athletic        28 12 7  9 47 36 +11 43 
13 Potters Bar Town      31 11 6 14 48 57 - 9 39 
14 Thamesmead Town       29 10 5 14 36 48 -12 35 
15 Great Wakering Rovers 31 10 4 17 49 65 -16 34 
16 Cheshunt              30 9  6 15 41 55 -14 33 
17 Redbridge             29 7  7 15 35 57 -22 28 
18 Ware                  30 8  4 18 37 61 -24 28 
19 Tilbury               31 8  2 21 32 56 -24 26 
20 Ilford                30 5  6 19 28 57 -29 21 
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21 Waltham Forest        29 3  7 19 25 62 -37 16 

East Thurrock's 0-2 win at AFC Sudbury make the race for the title finely balanced with the table toppers five points away from Needham Market who have two games in hand. At the bottom of the table Carl Paul's goal for Ilford in the final moments against Cheshunt secured the Foxes a valuable three points. Waltham Forest are now bottom by five points but do have two games in hand over their East London rivals. Both teams are to visit Goldsdown Road on the 26th March (Waltham Forest) and 23rd April (Ilford).

Midweek fixtures (all Tuesday 15th March) 

AFC Sudbury v Tilbury 
Enfield Town v Heybridge Swifts 
Redbridge v Grays Athletic 
Romford v Ilford 
Thamesmead Town v Needham Market 
Ware v Harlow Town 

Enfield Town's remaining League fixtures 

15/3/2011 HEYBRIDGE SWIFTS 
19/3/2011 Romford 
26/3/2011 WALTHAM FOREST 
02/4/2011 REDBRIDGE 
09/4/2011 Ware 
16/4/2011 Thamesmead Town 
23/4/2011 ILFORD 
25/4/2011 Cheshunt 
30/4/2011 TILBURY 

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