RYMAN LEAGUE ROUND-UP: Blake nets four as Leiston score six
- Credit: Picture: Steve Waller
A round-up of the weekend’s Ryman League games.
Premier Division Burgess Hill Town 0 Leiston 6
Fifth-placed Leiston recorded a terrific display on their travels with a thumping six-goal win at mid-table Burgess Hill Town.
Leading scorer Matt Blake took his season tally to 28 goals with a four-goal haul.
It was Blake’s strike partner Niko Muir-Merchant who got the ball rolling on 22 minutes, finishing Gareth Heath’s pass.
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Blake got his first of the afternoon from an Ollie Brown cut back, and then fired home Leiston’s third from a Seb Dunbar centre.
The striker rolled the ball into an empty net for his third in first-half stoppage time.
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And he wasn’t finished there. Two minutes after half time, he raced clear onto an exquisite Byron Lawrence pass to score.
Heath scored the final goal of the game in magnificent fashion 20 minutes from time.
When the ball came bouncing towards him on the edge of the box, he flicked it over the head of the defender with his first touch and volleyed the ball home with his second.
Enfield Town 1 AFC Sudbury 0
Depleted AFC Sudbury were on the wrong end of a 1-0 scoreline on Saturday.
Without several key players, AFC battled bravely in North London, but ultimately fell to Tyler Campbell’s 15th-minute goal.
Enfield were reduced to 10 men on 39 minutes when Livings received red for a lunge on Jack Wilkinson.
Just before the break, Sam Bantick’s shot struck the post for Sudbury, the closest they came to finding the net as the hosts held on comfortably to preserve their lead.
Lowestoft Town 0 Havant & Waterlooville 2
A battling performance from Lowestoft saw them give well-fancied Havant & Waterlooville a good game at Crown Meadow.
Theo Lewis crashed home from outside the box in the 27th minute to open the scoring, before Havant sealed the victory in the 63rd minute courtesy of Alfie Rutherford.
The striker saw his first effort smack the post, but he was on hand to gobble up the rebound, as Havant claimed all three points, despite a courageous effort from the home team.
Ryman North Division
Cheshunt 3 Bury Town 1
Bury slipped to their first defeat in six games as Cheshunt took a deserved three points.
Cheshunt started well, and scored after 10 minutes, Jason Hallett netting a fine goal.
Three minutes later, it was 2-0, the unmarked Joe Kizzi scoring a header, but then Luke Read headed in to make it 2-1.
But Bury could not push on from there, and were thankful to Neil O’Sullivan’s saves.
Josh Mayhew missed a chance to equalise for Bury, who were punished in injury time when Liam Hope scored a stunning strike.
Dereham 0 Maldon & Tiptree 5
This win saw the Jammers extended their lead at the top of Ryman North to five points.
Kyle Hammond broke the deadlock after four minutes, to set Kevin Horlock’s men on their way to a 20th win from 30 league games.
Liam Nash doubled the lead with a 43rd minute penalty, and then made it 3-0 in the 73rd minute, before Rhys Henry (89) and Tarryn Allarakhia (90) scored late goals.
Romford 1 Brightlingsea Regent 4
In-form Regent rose to third in the table, thanks to a big win at nine-man Romford.
Tom Richardson intercepted a poor back pass to put the R’s ahead as early as the second minute, and then doubled the lead by converting Phil Kelly’s cross on 22 minutes.
Chinedu McKenzie halved the deficit in the 55th minute, but Richardson regained the R’s two-goal advantage in the 67th minute, before Shamidu Pedulu added a late fourth.
Witham Town 2 Thurrock 2
Two late goals from Thurrock prevented Witham from claiming a magnificent win.
Usman Adeniji and Tim Monsheju put the Witham 2-0 up against a team who had won their last nine games, but two late scrambled goals by Harry Cook (89) and Charlie Stimson (90) ensured the points were shared.
Heybridge Swifts 1 Aveley 1
Swifts missed a late penalty and so had to be content with a home draw against Aveley.
Pinto netted to give Aveley an early lead, but Swifts dominated the second half, and deservedly levelled through Phil Anderson.
Ade Yussuf was then fouled in the box late on, but he scuffed his spot-kick wide.