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Sun 11 Nov 14:00 - Eastern Junior Alliance - Under 16s Blue Division Full time




Witham lined up on Armistice day for a game against Histon who hadn’t won in the league this season but had pushed Concord close the week before so couldn’t be underestimated.
After the fantastic win over Billericay the week before Witham went with the diamond with Luke and Ben T playing in midfield and Liam in the advanced role.
After 5 minutes Luke spotted the keeper slightly off his line and with a great strike made it 1 nil.
Unfortunately not for the first time this season Witham conceded from a corner and just 2 minutes after going ahead it was all level at 1-1.
Luke again doing well won the ball and unselfishly passed to Liam to make it 2-1, with only 11 minutes on the clock. As with other games Witham looked the stronger side and had an 8 pass move which ended in a foul on Ben T.
A double substitution on 24mins saw Jack replace Sean on the left wing and Nathaniel taking over from H on the right.
Jack with the sharpest haircut is unlucky from distance but wins a corner. Ben Nixon having a great tussle with no14 but coming out on top and the ref having a word with the Histon winger for a foul. As the half comes to an end Nathaniel takes a boot to the head but I think the opposing player came off worse with a bruised foot #warrior.
It ends 2-1 at the break but Witham will be facing the sun, will it make a difference?
After Histon going back to the changing rooms for a long team talk the 2nd half started with Adam replacing Ben T in midfield.
After conceding a minute into the second half on the last 2 matches Witham held out till 6 minutes this week before Histon level it to 2-2.
With the sun a factor and Histon trying to pump the ball up and over the Witham defence making use of the glare but the Essex teams defence doing well to deal with the tactic.
On 55 minutes Nathaniel with great strength wins the ball passes to Luke who again crosses for Liam to make it 3-2, Luke with a goal and 2 assists this game.
An enforced substitution on 57 sees Tom G replaced by Ben T in midfield, another substitution on 60 with Sean replacing J at left back.
Both teams are competing well but it’s Histon who strike on 66 minutes to level things up again, they’re definitely better than their league position would suggest. 69 minutes sees H replace the double scorer Liam.
Both teams working hard but Histon score on 77 minutes to go ahead the first time in the game, there’s no way they’re letting that lead go and with the ref checking his watch twice the whistle blows and Witham have lost 4-3.
MOM Liam Oliver

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# Team Pl Pts
1. concord 11 28
2. Needham Market 11 27
3. brentwood 11 23
4. Burnham Ramblers 12 17
5. Witham Town 11 12
6. Histon 11 11
7. Billericay Town 9 9

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