There was plenty of goals in the Essex & Suffolk Border League Knockout Cup as teams battled it out in both the First and Second Rounds. Here’s a round-up of all the action from across Essex and Suffolk.
Stanway Rovers Reserves 1-3 Felsted Rovers
Division One side Stanway Rovers Reserves were knocked out of the competition at the first hurdle as they lost to Felsted Rovers of Division Three. Harry Thomas had scored for the hosts but it wasn’t enough as Kieran Heap scored a brace and Lefkos Constantinou added another to send the Rovers through. Felstead will face another higher division side in Flitch United, who play in the Premier Division.
White Notley 3-0 Belle Vue Social Club
White Notley avoided an upset as they beat Division One side Belle Vue on Saturday. Charlie Pleace scored two of the goals while Josh Goodey added the third, making it a comfortable afternoon for the hosts. The win sends White Notley through to face Mersea Island, who received a BYE in the previous round.
Hatfield Peverel 7-0 New Field
There was a huge win for Hatfield Peverel as the Premier Division side eliminated the Division Four side with ease. Peverel scored 7 goals at home against New Field as they made an incredible return to action. The win puts them through to face Gosfield United next weekend.
Gosfield United 2-1 Dovercourt Rovers
Gosfield United will face Hatfield Peverel after they beat Dovercourt Rovers. The hosts needed extra-time to beat the side three divisions below as they faced a tough test. Charlie Martin had scored for the Division One side and Kieran Lammas was on target for the visitors sending the game to an extra 30-minutes. Dovercourt bowed out with minutes to go as Andy Turner scored the winner.
Alresford Colne Rangers 0-5 Silver End United
Another upset of the competition saw Division One Silver End United thrash a Premier Division side to progress in the competition. Mitchell Brown scored from the spot before Dan Gage and Ross Debrick scored either side of a Todd Hollocks brace. The win sends Silver End through to face another Premier Division side as they welcome West Bergholt to the Village Hall.
Rowhedge 0-7 Tiptree Heath
Rowhedge caused an upset as the Division Two side were brushed aside from Tiptree Heath. Charlie Green scored a hattrick and Cameron Ward scored a brace while Joe Chester and Harry Hazell were also on target. The Heath will have a home tie in the next round as they face Dedham Old Boys.
Bradfield Rovers 0-4 Dedham Old Boys
Dedham Old Boys avoided an upset and will now face a fellow-Premier Division side as the Premier Division side scored four against the Division Four side. Bradfield Rovers had hoped to cause an upset and progress but were well beaten by the higher opposition.
Cressing United 4-1 Little Oakley Reserves
Cressing United progressed and will face Stanway Pegasus after beating Little Oakley Reserves. The Division One side scored four past the Premier side with one reply to cause an upset at the weekend.
Gas Recreation 2-0 FC Clacton Reserves
Premier Division league-leaders progressed as they beat FC Clacton Reserves. Aston Firkins and Callum Rogers were on target for the hosts as they eliminated Division One opposition, and will now face Lawford Lads in the Second Round, who received a BYE in the First Round.
Cavendish 6-0 Abbey Fields
Division Two side Cavendish brushed aside Division Three Abbey Fields. A brace from Haydn Taylor as well as goals from Ryan Tatum, Thomas Grafen, Lloyd Finch and William Chaplin saw Cavendish avoid an upset against lower league opposition. The win sends the hosts through to face Kelvedon Social, another Division Three side.
Ramsey & Mistley (Saturday) 3-6 Kelvedon Social
A clash between two Division Three sides ended in a goal-fest as Kelvedon Social scored 6 to Ramsey’s three. A brace from Ben Allington and a goal from Jevon Farmery weren’t enough as Social doubled that tally to progress. The visitors face Cavendish, who also scored six goals.
Oyster 1-5 Brightlingsea Town
Division Two side Oyster were well beaten by a fellow-Division Two side as Brightlingsea Town progressed to the next round. A brace from Ricky Griggs as well as goals from Ryan Carter, Kai Ridgeons and Ashley Sauka was enough despite Alex Pacey getting on the scoresheet for the hosts. The win sends the visitors through to face either Little Clacton or Langham Lodgers.
Thorpe Athletic 3-1 Tollesbury
Division Three league-leaders Thorpe Athletic transferred their league form to the cup as they upset the odds to beat Division Two Tollesbury. A brace from Alfie Taylor and James Webb was enough despite Tollesbury getting on the scoresheet. The victory sees Thorpe progress to face Great Bentley in Round Two.
Wethersfield 0-1 Great Bentley
Premier Division side Great Bentley avoid an upset as they narrowly beat Division Four side Wethersfield. The lone goal from the visitors sent them through and they will now face Division Three side Thorpe Athletic on the road.
Harwich Rangers 1-1 Tiptree Jobserve (Pens 5-6)
Division Two side Harwich Rangers narrowly lost out to Division One Tiptree Jobserve. Toby Skinner was on target for the hosts but it wasn’t enough as Jobserve finished the game level before going through on penalties. The win sees Tiptree Jobserve face Earls Colne in the Second Round.
Earls Colne 1-1 Coggeshall United Reserves (Pens 4-3)
Premier Division side Earls Colne squeezed through to the next round as they beat Division One side Coggeshall United Reserves. Jake Horlock scored for the hosts but it wasn’t enough for a win as Coggeshall Reserves ensured the game finished level and was decided by a shootout. In that the visitors narrowly lost from the spot as the hosts progressed and will face Tiptree Jobserve.
Holland A 0-5 Barnston
Division One side Holland ‘A’ were well-beaten by higher opposition as they were beaten 5-0 by Barnston. A brace from Oliver Travell as well as goals from Ruben Carvalho, Cesario Correia and a mystery 5th scorer was enough for a comfortable victory. Barnston await their Third Round opponent as Flitch United and Felsted Rovers face each other next weekend.
Frinton & Walton 0-3 Dunmow Town
Dunmow Town also progressed to the 3rd Round and avoided an upset in the process as they beat Division Four side Frinton & Walton. George Purcell, Dwade James and an own goal saw the higher opposition through and awaiting their opponents from Silver End United and West Bergholt.
Shrub End United 1-6 Colne Athletic
Shrub End United were no match for Premier Division opposition in the end as they lost 6-1 to Colne Athletic. Braces for Quentin Daly and Daniel Price as well as goals from Gareth Evans and Aran Yarwood were enough for a comfortable win despite having one reply from Shrub End. Colne will face Thorpe Athletic or Great Bentley in Round Three.
Stillwaters 2-9 Harwich & Parkeston Reserves
Division Two league-leaders Harwich & Parkeston Reserves recorded the biggest win of the afternoon as they beat Division Four Stillwaters by 7-goals. Matthew Green scored four, Robert Good scored a hattrick and Elliot Fay and Harvey Smith were also on target as Stillwaters conceded nine while replying only twice. Earls Colne and Tiptree Jobserve will battle it out next week in order to face Harwich Reserves in the Third Round.