Unbeaten run extends with four more points

TWO more games and four more points, as our unbeaten run extended to six games.

TWO more games and four more points, as our unbeaten run extended to six games.

At the expense of appearing greedy, I think it was generally considered that it should have been six more points, as we threw away two points against a Maldon side reduced to 10 men for nearly an hour.

A crowd swelled to 310 by our guests from Tollgate Primary School saw a lively opening to the Maldon game with us having the balance of the play, but with the visitors looking dangerous on the break.

A bizarre incident in the first half occurred when lightweight striker Sam Reed challenged heavyweight keeper Darren Gould for the ball, only to see the keeper, after a few seconds delay, collapse to the ground as if hit by whoever the heavyweight champion of the world is this week.

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Needless to say Gould recovered to give yet another faultless display against us to keep his side in the game.

It took a penalty to beat him after Adam Holmes handled on the line and was sent off after 36 minutes. Danny Cornwell took the kick that was brilliantly saved by the keeper, but had to be re-taken due to encroachment. This time Gavin Johnson did the honours, and gave Gould no chance.

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Maldon started the second half well and equalised on the hour when we failed to clear a free kick and Kevin Hawes was on hand to shoot past Dean Greygoose from close range. We came back strongly from this setback, but a combination of wayward finishing and further good saves by Gould meant that we had to be content with a point.

Tuesday's game at home to Waltham Abbey had a touch of groundhog day about it, as we were again thwarted by a visiting keeper in top form, again had a penalty given for handball, which was again saved by the keeper, but this time it was Gavin Johnson who missed and there was no reprieve.

Waltham Abbey were content to keep nine men behind the ball as we struggled to break them down. It finally happened after 64 minutes when Liam Barrett rose high to head home from Ashley Sloots' cross.

The visitors then showed more attacking ambitions, but although they won several free kicks and corners, they rarely troubled Greygoose as we held on for an important victory.

Team Bury are also now on a four match unbeaten run and on Saturday secured a 1-0 victory at Weeley, courtesy of a penalty by Richard Skelly.

Unfortunately the under18`s were unable to maintain their recent good run as they went down at Leyton by four goals to one, Ben Tooke getting their only goal.

The first team have been at Potters Bar today, and next Tuesday return to Ram Meadow for the visit of Brentwood Town. Next Saturday we are expecting our biggest gate of the season when league leaders Dartford are the visitors.

Team Bury's scheduled home game today has been postponed due to some players being involved in the County Youth Cup Semi Final.

Goalkeeper Dean Greygoose is running his goalkeeping coaching course on Thursday evenings at Ram Meadow from 5-6.30pm.

It is aimed at all aspiring young keepers between the ages of six to 16, £6 per session. He will also be running two full day courses over the Easter period.

A reminder that the members committee meeting has been postponed till Monday 10th March.

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