Aveley FC v Maldon and Tiptree FC Ryman League One North Saturday 19 November 2016
Jammers boss Kevin Horlock made just one change to last weeks starting line up with Rhys Henry dropping to the bench and Darren Mills starting as a second striker to support Sam Newson.
Maldon and Tiptree made by far the better start with a Liam Nash corner finding Matt Lock on the edge of the penalty area but his strong goal bound drive was blocked then Aveley keeper Lamar Joseph-Johnson went down bravely at Sam Newson's feet to clutch the ball after the Jammers forward had broken clear. Newson then shot over after Darren Mills had laid the ball off for him before the home side shocked the league leaders with a goal, rather against the run of play, after just 14 minutes. Aveley's Daniel Odamo played a ball forward that should have been dealt with by the visitors defence but it somehow ran free to allow Jeremiah Maja to run clear and place the ball past onrushing Jammers keeper Daniel Wilks. Aveley's ploy of dropping deep with five defenders strung across the park and challenging the visitors forwards to break them down was certainly proving a success as Maldon and Tiptree's long balls forward provided little danger to the home rearguard. After restricting Maldon and Tiptree to a 25 metre first time volley from Nash that went wide and an Adam Mills shot blocked on the line the home side scored again after 35 minutes with another simple goal. A long throw by Joseph Clark was headed to the back post where Maja was unmarked to easily nudge the ball home. Play continued as before with a determined home side standing up well to the visitors attacks and their plan of keeping just one or two forwards well forward often had a jittery looking visitors defence uncertain with their clearances.
Half Time Aveley FC 2 Maldon and Tiptree FC 0
With the second half only 2 minutes old Aveley had what looked very valid claims for a penalty turned down when Maja was bought down in the box but he gained ample revenge after 52 minutes with another goal to complete his hat trick. The best piece of football of the whole game saw the ball played between Jack Edwards and Michael Toner before the latter played a good pass into Maja to go forward and put the ball beyond Wilks. Restricted to midfield Maldon and Tiptree continued to look anything but league leaders and again were only able to get long shots away as the the home defence quickly snuffed out any danger. Both Mills brothers and Nash put efforts wide before Joseph-Johnson did have to save Adam Mills's 20 metre shot but then Aveley's Maja almost made it four goals for himself when again getting free of the visitors defence but Wilks was just able to dash from his goal and grab the ball. The fourth quarter of the game turned into a stalemate with the home side not needing to worry too much about scoring any further goals and the visitors not able to get through the home defence to fashion any chances despite a couple of late substitutions. The best efforts for the Jammers came from Nash when he first fired just over from the edge of the penalty area and secondly when he made a shooting chance for himself by getting through a couple of tackles but his strong shot was straight at Joseph-Johnson.
Maldon and Tiptree will have to put this game behind them and luckily they have the opportunity to do this with another game coming up quickly this Tuesday against Phoenix Sports
Final score Aveley FC 3 Maldon and Tiptree FC 0
Lamar Joseph-Johnson, Billy Coyne, Joseph Clark, Daniel Odamo, Tommy Spillane, Harry Gibbs, Jack Edwards, Gaz Dauti (Arian Retkoceri 89), Daniel McCullock (James Pugsley 30), Jeremiah Maja (Aaron Gordon 90), Michael Toner
Maldon and Tiptree FC
Daniel Wilks, Kyle Hammond, Curtis Haynes-Brown, Matt Lock, Billy Roast, Gavin Greenfield, Darren Mills, Montel Agyermang (Kieran Monlouis 65), Sam Newson, Liam Nash, Adam Mills (Joe Claridge 79)
Tyler Brampton, Rhys Henry, Jerry Kamanzi.