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Ryman North Preview- Maldon & Tiptree

Ryman North Preview- Maldon & Tiptree

Aveley Football Club23 Jul 2015 - 12:02
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Next up is the Jammers, can their link with Colchester United be that something to make them a threat this season?

Manager- David Wright
Key Player- Merrick James Lewis
Last Season Finish- 19th (Ryman North)

Who are they?
Maldon Town were formed in August 1946 as part of the Maldon Social and Athletic Club. In 1997–98 they finished second and were promoted to the Premier Division.

In 2003–04 they finished second to AFC Sudbury and were promoted to Division One East of the Southern League. They finished third in their first season and defeated Uxbridge on penalties in the play-off final, earning promotion to level seven of the football pyramid, and were placed in the Premier Division of the Isthmian League. However, they were relegated at the end of the season. In 2006–07 they finished fourth in the division, but were barred from taking part in the play-offs due to ground grading issues.

In September 2009 the club was taken over by nearby Tiptree United chairman Ed Garty, with Tiptree moving to Maldon's Wallace Binder ground. In 2010 Tiptree withdrew from the Essex Senior League and were amalgamated into Maldon Town to form Maldon & Tiptree.

Watson in or Watson out?
Well, Maldon & Tiptree announced the capture of Kevin Watson as the manager about two months ago, he is mostly known for his work on Sky Sports News but was successful in getting the top job at the Jammers. Then a month ago the club then announced that Kevin Watson had left the club to join up with Teddy Sherringham at League Two Stevenage Borough.

The new manager…
Just after Kevin Watson decided to leave, the Jammers acted swiftly to bring in experienced man David Wright. The 35 year old has a UEFA A Licence and will test out his management skills for the first time in his career. He has played at Crewe Alexandra, Norwich City, Ipswich Town, Crystal Palace and finally Colchester United under Joe Dunne, where he helped Dunne keep the U’s in League One.

He also brings about a link between Maldon & Tiptree and League One side Colchester United as David Wright will also be starting a new role in the Colchester United Academy helping to progress the U’s younger players to reach their potential. This link could be the thing to make the Jammers tick.

Is it the Wright choice..? I think only time will tell.

Get up to much last season?
The Jammers had a strange season last campaign. They started well in 2014 and looked set to be around the middle of table region of the Ryman North, but from the 14th of February, the Jammers started to fall away closer to the relegation places. It coincided with losing their main man upfront in Cliff Akurang, he went off to Heybridge swifts to become their manager and the Jammers form suffered. Their last 11 matches they lost 7, drew three and on the final game of the season they beat Waltham Abbey 2-0 to clinch their survival.

Who is the main man?
Merrick James-Lewis has showed potential in the past at Southend United where he just wasn’t given an opportunity to prove his worth. He kept getting shipped out on loan to Braintree Town, Bishop Stortford and Carshalton Athletic. He was released by the Blues and straight away snapped up by the U’s (Colchester United). He again couldn’t get established at the club and moved onto clubs like Ebbsfleet United, Farnborough and most recently Grays Athletic. If he gets his head down and shows the potential he had back in 2010 at Southend United then he could be one of the best signings of the season.

Transfers In-
Danny Sambridge (Heybridge Swifts)
Connor Witherspoon (East Thurrock United)
Merrick James Lewis (Grays Athletic)
Rhys Henry (Needham Market)
Nnamdi Nwachuka (Leiston)
David Levey (Unattached)
Sam Cross (West Ham United)
Matthew Lock (Dover Athletic)
Bill Roast (Colchester United)

Transfers Out-
Alberto Pinto (Heybridge Swifts)
Nathan Koranteng (Thamesmead Town)

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