Ryman North round-up: Parker wins it from the spot for Sudbury as Bury Town draw 3-3 at Romford
A round-up of all the Ryman North action from the weekend, as AFC Sudbury keep up their good recent record.
AFC Sudbury 1 Barkingside 0
A late goal from the penalty spot by Craig Parker won the game for table-toppers AFC Sudbury, after they were made to fight hard by bottom side Barkingside.
The win keeps Jamie Godbold’s side 10 points ahead of second-placed Harlow Town, who won their game against promotion chasers Thurrock on Saturday.
It was a frustrating afternoon in front of goal for Sudbury, as they came up against a Barkingside defence in fine form, as well as their goalkeeper Darren Behcet.
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The winner came in the 78th minute after a foul on Joe Maybanks, who appeared to be going nowhere. Parker coolly slotted home the penalty kick to gain all three points for the hosts.
Witham Town 0 Aveley 5
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Witham Town were brought back down to earth as they suffered a 5-0 home defeat to Aveley on Saturday.
Spirits were high in the Witham camp after beating Thurrock 2-1 in their last fixture, but after four minutes Alex Teniola scored from close range to put the visitors in front.
Aveley scored four more goals after the break to run out 5-0 winners.
Liam Nash ran through unchallenged to score five minutes after the break, before David Fallah netted on 66 minutes when Witham failed to clear a corner.
Arian Retkoceri scored on 77 minutes as the ball ran backwards and forwards across the penalty area, with Fallah completing the scoring three minutes later.
Maldon & Tiptree 1 Brightlingsea Regent 0
Billy Roast was the unlikely match winner as Maldon & Tiptree put a dent in Brightlingsea Regent’s play-off bid at Park Drive on Saturday. Centre-half Roast netted with a spectacular overhead kick on 85 minutes to continue Steve Ball’s good start to life as Maldon boss.
The Jammers have lost just once in eight games since Ball took charge at the turn of the year, with that one defeat coming at the hands of leaders AFC Sudbury last Tuesday.
New signing Tarik Moore-Azille made his full debut for the Jammers, while Ipswich Town loanee Cemal Ramadan made his debut from the bench as a 79th minute substitute.
Despite the defeat, Brightlingsea remain just three points adrift of the play-off zone, in seventh spot, due to rivals Thurrock and Cray Wanderers both suffering defeats.
Cheshunt 4 Heybridge Swifts 2
Heybridge Swifts were beaten 4-2 at promotion candidates Cheshunt on Saturday.
Already without Lee Townrow, Jamie Guy, Ryman Maxwell, Liam Thomas and Matthew Pooley, the Swifts also lost Phil Anderson and George Cole to injury inside the first 50 minutes of the contest. They were also not helped by two disallowed goal decision from the referee.
Jack Barham put the Swifts ahead in the 20th minute with his 12th goal of the season, but Cheshunt went into the interval 2-1 up via goals from Jason Hallett on 28 minutes and Adam Bolle after 39 minutes.
Hallett then added his second in the 50th minute, and although Tyrone Scarlett reduced the deficit to 3-2 on the hour mark, Liam Hope made the game safe for the hosts with their fourth in the 77th minute.
Wroxham’s 1-0 win over Thamesmead Town means that Heybridge are now only one point ahead of the Norfolk side, who are currently sitting in the third relegation spot in Ryman North.
Romford 3 Bury Town 3
Bury were set to take all three points but a 93rd minute equaliswer saw the Blues have to settle for a point.
An under strength Bury side, who are still struggling with unfit players, hit the ground running and should have had a penalty on five minutes.
Bury broke forward and Nick Ingram took the ball deep in to the box but was brought down from behind by James Ishmail.
The ref wasn’t convinced and amazingly gave a free kick the other way.
Bury kept their momentum going and soon took the lead, Ingram scoring on 23 minutes.
Bury went 2-0 up on 40 minutes, Josh Mayhew launching the ball high in to the roof of the net.
Nick Reynolds pulled a goal back just before the break and Romford were then awarded a penalty on 59 minutes, Ryan Boswell dispatching the spot kick.
Bury who got themselves back in front on 73 minutes, Ingram heading home his second. Bury looked to have run down the clock but in the 93rd minutes Kwasi Marfo set up Matt Frew to score.