Woodbridge crash out to Haverhill

LOCAL SOCCER: All the local football results from the weekend's FA Vase matches plus a round up of all the Jewson League action.


Woodbridge Town 0 Haverhill Rovers 5

AT 5.40 on Saturday Haverhill captain Paul Miles picked the ball up on the halfway line at Notcutts Park and accelerated through the Woodbridge midfield.

The Woodpeckers' defence was also left in his wake before Miles sidestepped the keeper and clipped the ball home. It was his only goal of the day, but Haverhill's fifth.

It was fitting that the man who – along with fellow central midfield player Marcus Hunt – had been the pied piper that led Woodbridge a merry dance in the second half, should round off the scoring.

The home side, who must dread playing Jewson Division One Haverhill, the team that knocked them out of last year's Vase and Jewson League Cup, had gone in at the break 1-0 down with every right to think they should have been at least on level terms.

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But after the interval it was almost exclusively one-way traffic with ex-Nationwide Conference man Miles running the show. As well as his late effort, he set up one goal and broke up several Woodbridge moves with timely challenges.

The hosts had made the better start, with pacey frontman Danny Phillips causing problems for the Haverhill defence. Slightly built but with quick feet, his turn in the box and shot forced David Walton into a smart save.

The first indication of the visitors' attacking intent came when Marty Thorpe had to slide in to rob Ben Cowling as he was about to shoot. Cowling would have the last laugh later though.

It was a scrappy contest, badly needing a player to conjure up a quality pass or shot. Woodbridge's Steve Dearsley nearly provided it when his curling lob dipped just too late and clipped the stanchion.

With injury time ticking down and a sparse crowd contemplating a half-time tea with no goals to speak of, an untidy goal – which summed up the first 45 minutes – arrived.

Following a couple of minutes of Haverhill pressure, a high ball lobbed towards the back post was not collected cleanly and after an almighty scramble the ball nestled in the corner. As the players trotted into the dressing room Derrin Brindley was telling anyone who would listen he had got the final touch, and in the end his manager and playing colleagues agreed.

Home fans expecting a revival after the break were disappointed as the red-shirted visitors swamped their hosts, getting the ball wide whenever they could and delivering some quality crosses and set pieces.

Neil Green caused havoc with a cross from the left which led to some frantic defending, and on the hour he delivered the killer goal.

With the hosts screaming for offside Neil Hammond broke down the left. With keeper Wilson rushing out to block his route, Hammond calmly lobbed the ball into the middle where Green headed into an unguarded net. Woodbridge heads went down but the agony wasn't over yet.

After Paul Ager and Dearsley had picked up yellows for over-the-top challenges, Cowling struck twice in as many minutes to snuff out the home challenge quickly.

The first was a header from a sublime Miles' cross, the second a powerful drive after his own turn and shot had created the chance with Wilson unable to hold the first effort.

With progress assured, Miles' solo effort rounded off the perfect afternoon for Haverhill, and one Woodbridge will be keen to put behind them.

HAVERHILL player/manager Paul Goodman says he hopes for another away trip from today's FA Vase draw, and who could blame him after a 5-0 away win?

Reluctant to single out anyone for praise after an all-round effort which steamrollered the hosts, he conceded central midfield duo Marcus Hunt and Paul Miles had provided the foundations for the win.

"I thought they were both tremendous. We were prepared for a real battle in there but when we went in 1-0 up it gave us the confidence to come out and pass the ball a bit more and that's what gave us the edge in the second half.

"I thought we used the ball well in wide areas and some of our crosses were superb. We've scored some good goals today, although the first was a bit scrappy.

"The current first-team is a bunch of good young players and to be honest our biggest worry is keeping hold of them all, but most are local lads and they seem quite settled at the club.

"What's encouraging as the manager is that they hate conceding goals. They'd rather win 2-0 or 3-0 than 4-1 or 5-2, and you saw today that even though we were 5-0 up in the last five minutes they were still determined to keep it tight at the back."

March Town United 0 Lowestoft Town 5

LOWESTOFT cruised into the next round of the FA Vase with a comfortable victory over March Town United. Traffic hold-ups meant that Mark Hitcham and Lee Pike failed to arrive at the ground by kick-off so Lowestoft started the game with injured striker Stewart Roach wearing the keeper's jersey and Carl Poppy starting his first senior game in midfield.

Lowestoft made the ideal start by taking the lead in the first minute of the game with Stokeld providing the opening for McGee to shoot high into the roof of the net from 12 yards. March came back and went close on a couple of occasions, with Hutchcraft heading just wide and a Wayte drive also just off target.

After 23 minutes play Hitcham arrived to take his place in the Lowestoft goal. Within four minutes Lowestoft added a second goal which ended March's resistance. Durrant raced onto a through ball down the inside left channel and keeper Skipworth did well to block his fierce drive, but Jamie Godbold was on hand to knock home the rebound from close range.

Lowestoft added a third goal in the 37th minute. A quickly-taken free kick by Hitcham deep in his own half caught the March defence unawares and McGee beat Skipworth in a race for the ball to prod home from the edge of the area.

McGee completed his hattrick on the stroke of half time, shooting home from 12 yards after excellent approach play from Poppy and Godbold.

The game ended on a bright note with King weaving a bit of magic down the right before setting up McGee for a simple tap in for his own fourth goal and Lowestoft's fifth.

Felixstowe 3 Colney Heath 1

AFTER Robbie Fuller had given the Seasiders a fifth-minute lead the final result never looked in doubt with Colney Heath always looking second best to a Felixstowe & Walton side that finally turned the chances they have been creating into goals.

Much of the game was played in the Colney half of the pitch with their defenders never able to cope with the pace of Wiggins and Berry down the flanks, and the early goal had them on the back foot as Berry and Evans combined before Evans played in Wiggins and the unmarked Fuller drilled his cross past Blackburne from 12 yards.

In the 38th minute Fuller extended his side's lead with a neat finish from McCormack's cross.

Colney were rocked again in the 54th minute when Barker's cross was played back in by Berry for Jimmy Andrews to crash the ball past Blackburne.

The only blemish on the performance came in the fourth minute of time added on by the referee, when Wiggins tripped Lacey inside the area and Colney's leading scorer got up to give his side a consolation goal from the spot.

Witham 1 Yaxley 2

WITHAM'S dismal season continued as they were knocked out of a major cup competition yet again at an early stage.

In this game they could not have had a better start, as in the first minue they were awarded a free kick just outside the area on the right. Simon Roberts ran over the ball and Steve Farmer scored with a left-foot shot around the wall and into the far corner.

However, it soon became obvious that Witham had a fight on their hands as Yaxley fought back, putting the home defence under constant pressure, forcing them into making wild and erratic clearances. It came as no surprise when John Harrison equalised.

Yaxley took the lead after a calamity in the home defence. Harrison scored again, with Witham appealing for a foul.

The second half was no better for Witham and Riccy Harrison made sure that Yaxley went into today's draw for the next round when he sent Wooton the wrong way from the penalty spot.

Although not a dirty game the visitors had five bookings, mostly for what was said, while Witham had two –both for Daryl Bate, earning him a red card just before the end.

Warboys Town 1 Needham Market 5

NEEDHAM Market fully deserved their victory against a very disjointed Warboys team whose cause was not helped when managers Jones and Matless walked out just prior to kick-off.

The home team took an early lead when Young shot powerfully home beyond a full-stretch Matt Fenn.

The lead was short-lived as the visitors started to get their passing game going. Louis Davey moved forward before laying it off to Blake Saker, and from his right side cross Marc Wake slid the ball into the net from five yards.

On the hour David Pitt got the final touch after a corner to give the Suffolk team the lead.

Needham then introduced Adam Rickwood for Marc Wake and he shot home number three from the penalty spot after Simmonds was adjudged to have handled. Adam Rickwood then added a fourth with a neat finish. Near the end Graham Pooley hit the post with a well-struck free kick but Warboys' day of woe was completed when Blake Saker scored No. 5 in injury time.

Greenacres 3 Stowmarket Town 1

ANY hopes that Stowmarket Town would progress into the next round of the FA Vase came to an abrupt end, in a disappointing result away to Greenacres, who play in the Spartan Minerva South Midlands Premier Division.

Yet the Jewson League side had taken a lead as early as the third minute. Carl Ratcliffe advanced down the flank before crossing to leading scorer Stuart Jopling, who controlled the ball before hitting past Hannington.

The same player nearly added to his tally a minute later when Matt Proctor broke up the Greenacres attack and put in a superb cross to the back post, but unfortunately for the visitors, Jopling headed wide. Little had been seen of the home attack but in striker Perrin, they looked to have a match winner, if given a chance.

Greenacres scored three second half goals to move into the next round. Yet amazingly, before the Spartan Minerva side scored their equalising goal, Stowmarket were still guilty of missing two or three good chances to increase their lead.

The home side's striker, Ross Perrin, who had already looked dangerous when given the opportunity, showed the visitors how to take chances when he scored twice in a 10-minute spell of Greenacres pressure. First he fired home when his pace and control took him between Barnard and Langham before hammering the ball past Nunn.

Then Perrin's initial shot was well saved by Nunn, but the keeper couldn't hang on to the ball and Perrin followed up to hammer it home.

With the visitors now looking down and out Greenacres substitute Jacob Berry added to their woe when in the last minute he headed home to make the scoreline 3-1.

Bury Town 4 Brentwood 0

WITH Newman and North linking well to cause all sorts of problems for the visitors on the left flank, goals looked inevitable for Bury.

But although manager Wilkins' blend of youth and experience dominated possession from the start, the elusive goal needed to confirm Bury's superiority took 30 minutes to arrive.

North placed his corner into the heart of the six-yard box and the youthful Harrison was on hand to glance Bury ahead.

In between the all-important second goal just before the break, Harrison had narrowly lost a one-to-one with Pether in the Brentwood goal and then crashed a thunderous drive against the visitors' goalpost.

Then it was Harrison again who took Bury into the comfort zone, coolly slotting a cross from Norfolk back past Pether.

Collins' header from another North cross was too powerful for Pether to hold and Tatham was on hand to slam the ball home for the third 10 minutes into the second half.

With 10 minutes left Wilkins released another precocious talent off the bench and within a minute he had made Bury's passage into the next round certain, Thorogood popping up at the far post to nod in a precision cross from Ince.

Hadleigh United 2 Southend Manor 2 (after extra time)

HADLEIGH had enough chances to have had this match in the bag by half-time. However, they failed to take advantage and allowed Southend Manor to dominate the second half.

Well taken first-half goals by Godbold and Cracknell after 30 and 43 minutes put Hadleigh 2-0 in front and Cracknell could easily have had a hat-trick before the interval with better luck in front of goal.

Hadleigh suffered a big blow in the 27th minute when defender Grant was taken off on a stretcher after aggravating a calf injury which has troubled him all season.

Earlier in the second half Cracknell again came close with a header, which was splendidly saved by goalkeeper Green, but after that it was Southend who called the tune.

They reduced the deficit in the 81st minute when Rolfe was allowed a free header and then Nicks equalised, also with a header, in the 89th minute.

Dunstable 2 Halstead Town 3

A LAST-gasp winner by Matt Chinnery in the final seconds put Halstead through to the first round proper of the FA Vase, after Bernie Christie seemed to have given the Bedfordshire outfit a replay at Rosemary Lane.

Home boss Darren Croft conceded: "Halstead were better overall, although we had a lot of the play in a scrappy match."

The home side began to call the tune early on with Halstead unable to make much headaway, although Chinnery was denied when home keeper Paul Taylor left his area to kick clear when danger threatened.

Dunstable responded with a vengeance by taking the lead on the half-hour mark, Ray Massey putting an unmarked header on target following a Dean Lewis corner, an advantage they held until the break.

The introduction of Carl Metson and Rob Welham for Jimmy Chatters and Andy Taylor changed the game when the new faces combined almost on time to save the game, Welham putting Metson through for the equaliser with four minutes left to take the game into extra time.

In the first minute of extra time Halstead went close when Metson's shot was turned away, but from the flag kick Adrian Owers volleyed the visitors in front.

In the final minutes of the game came a dramatic double goal strike.

An exciting scramble in the Halstead goalmouth which should have been cleared resulted in Christie toe-poking home the equaliser, but before the home supporters' cheers had subsided, right from the kick off Matt Chinnery broke away, kept his cool and slotted home the winner.

Clacton Town 3 Potton Utd 1

CLACTON Town roared into the next round of the FA Vase thanks to a brace from Amara Simba and an 80th- minute goal from Sean Hillier.

Led out by mascot Samuel Hinds on a warm afternoon, Clacton sprang into life as early as the fourth minute. Paul Hillier hit a telling cross for French ex-international Amara Simba to head home on his home debut.

However, the visitors were not behind for long, as Potton's Mark Davidson levelled with a low strike as the Seasiders defence was all at sea.

The game was evenly contested in the first half with some great chances going begging. Paul Hillier's long range effort went just wide on 22 minutes as the Seasiders turned up the tempo. Ten minutes later, Potton's Lee Marshall was kicking himself as he fired well over from just eight yards.

The move of the half saw Sean Hillier spray the ball out to brother Paul, who played an intelligent ball through to Howell. However Howell's shot went inches wide.

In a replica of the first half, it took just four minutes after the restart for Simba to notch up his second after an inch-perfect cross from Howell.

As frustrations began to rise, the visitors' Catt was cautioned after a tussle with Cameron Gove, followed shortly afterwards with another caution for Potton's Gary Jackson as he brought down Burgess.

Clacton then pushed for the third, and on the 80th minute, Sean Hillier saw his 18-yard shot go narrowly wide. However, just a minute later, Simba charged down the visiting keeper, won the ball and cleverly laid it back into the path of Sean Hillier who made no mistake.

Eynesbury Rovers 0 Maldon Town 4

MALDON gained easy passage into the next round of the FA Vase with a handsome win over their United Counties League opponents.

The match swung into life after 15 minutes when Maldon broke their goal famine, having not scored in their previous three games. Perry Prudence beat Shipp with a low shot.

Although not at their best the Jewson Leaguers pushed forward. Eynesbury rarely allowed a close-range effort.

Two minutes before the interval the writing was on the wall for Eynesbury when Simon Gray slipped the ball inside the back four for Scott Witney to run through and slot the ball past Shipp.

Former Maldon Town youth player Gary Jackson had a great chance in the 54th minute to put Eynesbury back in the game but hit the bar with his penalty.

Despite Neil Stanbridge having to save shots from Mark Garwood and Paul Carey, Eynesbury never really looked like pulling the game back and it was a gift goal in the 76th minute that put the game out of their reach.

Keeper Dean Shipp miscued a through ball from Mark Adams to leave Docking to play the ball in an empty net. With the game drawing to a conclusion Nicky Smith sent Terry Warwick clear to wrap up the scoring.

Cornard United 3 Desborough 1

A LATE flurry of goals settled this match in an amazing last quarter.

First Darren Bethell beat two defenders to put the hosts ahead, but Desborough's Dean equalised straight from the kick-off.

Bethell then did likewise, beating the entire visiting defence from the restart to put Cornard back in front. Evason then made the game safe.

Newmarket 2 Ilford 1

THE JOCKEYS got revenge for their FA Cup defeat at the hands of Ilford when a brace from Alex Rhodes saw off the Essex side.

He put Newmarket ahead after 22 minutes and then, after Mark Nightingale had equalised, Rhodes sealed the tie on 67 minutes.


AFC Sudbury 4 Dereham Town 0

IN THIS second meeting of the clubs within three weeks, there was no repeat of the earlier goalless stalemate. Dereham, outplayed for much of the match, found themselves restricted to a single goal attempt in each half whereas AFC Sudbury could well have doubled the four goals scored.

Bennett opened the scoring for AFC with a superbly placed shot after Claydon had laid the ball into his path.

Hyde shot powerfully just past the post before the threatened second goal came when Norfolk found Rayner at the far post with a cross. Rayner's header was fumbled over the line by Thorpe. Taylor kept out a low shot from King at the foot of the post before the lead was increased, Owen celebrating his first appearance after injury with a low shot through a crowd of defenders.

Banya squared the ball from the by-line for Claydon to net the last.

Harwich and Parkeston 1 Histon Reserves 5

DESPITE the scoreline Harwich and Parkeston gave a good first-half account of the themselves against their high-flying opponents from Cambridgeshire.

Histon took the lead after 11 minutes thanks to an opportunist strike from Gary Walker. Harwich gave the ball away far too easily and Walker was on hand to punish them. Despite this early set-back the home side showed character and determination and began to move the ball around well.

A 23rd-minute corner was headed over by Kemp and then Histon keeper Lee Huyler had to be at his best to turn a scorching drive from Craig Chaplin around the post.

Harwich pushed men forward during the early stages of the second half but the visitors exploited the inevitable gaps.

On 51 minutes Harwich keeper Matty Windred punched a corner kick away but only as far as Shaun Audley, who gleefully headed home. Four minutes later Liam Kennett exploited the space in the Harwich defence to run through and finish clinically. Kennett could not believe his luck when on 64 minutes he scored with yet another individual effort. Gary Walker then completed the rout with his second and his side's fifth.

Lewis and Race both had scoring chances saved by the big Histon keeper before Gareth Heath scored a late consolation for Harwich.

Mildenhall Town 1 Tiptree United 3

SALMONS put the hosts ahead at Recreation Way when his shot sailed over Snelling into the net. The visitors snatched the initiative before half-time though to go in ahead with a brace from Barefield.

Neil Pope was sent off shortly after half-time for retaliation to make the hosts' task even harder, and Farmer's goal sealed the win for Tiptree.

King's Lynn Res 3 Leiston 2

AFTER an heroic display in midweek against Halstead, Leiston put in a disappointing performance at The Walks.

After conceding a sloppy goal in five minutes, it looked as it they were back on track when Chris Wright headed home a superb Kirtley cross a few minutes later.

Lynn took control and with better finishing could have had more then the one-goal interval lead, given from a corner headed home by No. 11.

Leiston looked to have been given a lifeline on 55 minutes when Hayles, the home goalkeeper, was sent off for a professional foul on Fryer. Although the resultant free-kick caused a minor panic in the home defence, Leiston did not test the substitute keeper for the next 30 minutes.

An undeserved point looked likely when, after a superb run by substitute Trevor Chenery, Robbie Kirtley stabbed home a loose ball.

It was not to be, however, when in the last minute an otherwise immaculate Hinnells inexplicably allowed a hopeful long ball to bounce in the area and Taylor stole behind him.