Barkingside 2-4 Waltham Abbey
Another defeat for Barkingside who are now 16 matches without a win and now find themselves 9 points from Wroxham in 21st. Although they were unlucky to lose against AFC Sudbury due to a penalty you’d expect them to come out firing for this match and after a crazy 2 minutes it was already 1-1. Waltham Abbey in my opinion have one of the best strikers in the Ryman League right now in Christian Assombalonga, he just scores goals and a hat trick against Barkingside sealed another three points for the North of London based team. The Abbey move to points clear of the bottom three with the same number of games as Heybridge Swifts.
Thamesmead Town 2-2 Maldon & Tiptree
Two mid-table teams who are 9 and 13 points off of the playoffs both had to settle for a share of the spoils after a heated night at Bayliss Avenue. Ex-Miller Lee Prescott stepped up for the free kick 25 yards out and superbly converted into the top corner. The Jammers came back just before half time, ex-Hornchurch and Colchester United man, Billy Roast made it 1-1 before half time. Mead out on top in the second half and centre half Jack Barry netted to make it 2-1 from a corner. Only five minutes later Barry gave away a penalty for a foul on Newson as he ran into the penalty box, not only did Barry give away a penalty he also got a red card for his troubles. McQueen stepped at and pulled the Jammer back level again, and that is how it finished.
Haringey Borough 3-1 Aveley
A great first half from Haringey and a poor first half from the Miller's decided this one. Borough started superbly and although there was a hit for offside Adam Scotcher still has a lot of work to do to round the keeper and pass it into the back of the empty net. For the next fifteen minutes it felt like ‘when was the next Boro goal going to come’ and on the 23rd minute it did just that. Scotcher was left free as Haringey overloaded the right hand side, he crossed it to Macdonald who had the simple task of tapping into the empty net. In the second half the Miller's rallied, but just couldn’t put the ball into the net. A worldie from Willer ended the game as a contest, as he chipped the keeper off his line from 35 yards out. Despite that chances for Arian, Abs and Fallah all had chances. Liam Nash hit the inside of the post from the penalty spot. But as the game ticked to 90+2 Liam Nash and Aveley got their consolation. The result leaves Haringey Borough in 17th, six points clear of the bottom three with four matches in hand.
Witham Town 0-3 Thurrock FC
Fleet back with a bang with a simple victory over Witham Town side who have now shipped 8 goals in 2 games and look like they are getting dragged into a relegation dog fight. Ross Gleed scored the first on 26 minutes, Witham had few chances but didn’t take them. And Thurrock then cruised to a 3-0 victory after second half goals from; David Cowley (63) and Ronnie Winn (73) to take a much needed three points back to Ship Lane on a cold Tuesday evening. The result puts Fleet in 4th with two games in hand on the leaders which (if they win) will put them 9 points behind with 11 games to play. For Witham however, they will start to look behind their shoulders towards Heybridge Swifts in 22nd, although Swifts have played a game more than Witham, there is only a four point buffer between the two sides going into the last 11 matches of the season, and for the Swifts they have to play six of the bottom eight (Including an away match at Witham Town on the 27th of February).
Wroxham 3-2 Tilbury
Back to back defeats for the Dockers after losing 1-0 to AFC Hornchurch on Saturday at home, a long trip to Wroxham on a Tuesday Night was in order and unfortunately came back to Essex with no points to show for that effort. The Yachtsmen raced into a 2-0 lead going into halftime. But with only fifteen minutes after the break Tilbury pulled it back to 2-2. With two minutes to go Nick Davey scored to claim a precious three points for relegation threatened Wroxham. The Yachtsmen now move out of the drop zone after picking up those three points. Now in 21st with 29 points, they are two points ahead of Heybridge Swifts, but Wroxham also have 2 matches in hand. For the Dockers, since defeats to; AFC Hornchurch, Aveley and Wroxham, their play-off chances have decreased, but it isn’t all over as they are 8 points off of the playoffs but do have a game in hand on Cheshunt.