Local football round-up: Big wins for Chelmsford, Bury and Maldon. Braintree boss set to make changes after defeat
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Local football round-up from the Bank Holiday Monday games
Former Iron boss Alan Devonshire came back to haunt his old side and saw his new charges deservedly run out winners leaving his opposite number Brad Quinton still looking for his first win of the season.
Overall it was a poor game for the 578 Bank Holiday crowd but two first half goals from the visitors ensured they went home with all three points even after comfortably absorbing some pressure from a slightly improved second half Iron performance.
Ironically the first 25 minutes of the game had seen the Iron play well and they looked the more positive side going forward but as in all their games so far this season their glaring omission is that they don’t have a forward capable of finding the net.
After they had wasted three chances the Iron were caught with a sucker punch on 28 minutes when they only partially cleared the ball in defence and it was soon back in the home area where Adrian Clifton was given too much time and space to drill a low shot past keeper Ben Killip.
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The visitors then had themselves two chances to increase their lead which they did right on the half time whistle when again another poor clearance saw the ball lifted back into the Iron area where the unmarked Ayo Obileye powered home a header that gave Killip no chance.
“I’m again disappointed with our performance and I have given last season’s promotion players enough chances to play at this level but it’s not happening and changes have to be made this week,” he declared.
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“Both of their goals came from basic mistakes and at this level you get immediately punished and we again tried to play too much football from the back which is where we were caught out.”
Quinton went on: “We need lads that are stronger both mentally and physically to be better organised like Maidenhead did - we were knocked off the ball too easily in too many situations.”
Quinton confirmed that he would have an experienced central defender in for their next game along with a midfielder and a wide player adding: “We also aim to bring in a forward who again is physical and knowledgeable enough to play at this level.”
Next up for the Iron is an away match at Boreham Wood on Saturday, kick off 3pm.
The result leaves Quinton’s side second bottom in the National League table.
Chelmsford City were involved in an extraordinary game at Hemel Hempstead, coming out on top 5-3 – with six goals coming in the second half.
Indeed, it was 3-3 with just six minutes to go, before Rhys Murphy (84) and sub Christopher Whelpdale (89), grabbed all three points for the Clarets.
Lowestoft Town beat King’s Lynn 1-0 in the Southern Central Division. The Trawlerboys made it three victories in a row in front of a big crowd of 750 as Jamie Godbold’s side leapfrogged above both Leiston and Needham Market and into fifth place in the table.
Jacek Zielonka’s shot for Lowestoft was parried, Sean Bammant laid the ball across to Ben Fowkes to bury home the winner.
In Bostik Premier, Brightlingsea drew 1-1 with AFC Hornchurch.
In Bostik North, high-flying Maldon & Tiptree got the better of their Blackwater rivals Heybridge in front of a crowd of almost 400 at Park Drive.
Maldon ran out 3-2 victors, Ryan Henshaw had put the visitors ahead before De-Carrey Sheriff equalised.
Shane Cojocarel put Maldon ahead, before Joe Gardner equalised and then Cojocarel netted the winner in an exciting game.
There was plenty of excitement at Ram Meadow, where Ben Chenery’s side beat Soham Town Rangers 1-0.
Tanner Call, on 22 minutes was the man who got it, while both sides were reduced to 10 men in the second half.
Witham lost 0-2 at new-boys Coggeshall Town.