Various Other Info - 1987/88

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Newtown Reserves and Tey Lion's second string are all set to contest Colchester Sunday League's Terry Martin Cup final.

And Tey Lion roared through to the decider in great style as they crushed Mersea Reserves by five clear goals. Almost inevitably "Noddy" Noble led the way by scoring two of the goals and the other marksmen were Smart, Brook and Brown.

Newtown were given a tougher battle before disposing of Drury Reserves by the odd goal in five. Barran, Lee and Fleming were on target for the winners and Lazar and Ranson replied.

Breavebrook were the day's top scorers. They chalked up their fourth win on the trot when thrashing Newtown 12-1 in the fourth division. Dave Woods hit four and Graham Jones and Andy Hunt three each. Hunt starred for Lexden Sun in the top section last season. An own goal boosted the Breavebrook total and their other marksman was Millar.

The most decisive win in the top section was recorded by SFC Bergholt who turned in what was surely one of their best performances of the season when whipping Silver Oyster 5-0. Lorrie Austin and Brian Harper each contributed a brace and Nick Parsloe rounded off the scoring.

Title favourites Brantham Colts were given a good fight by W.A. Hills before defeating the promoted Colchester outfit 4-2. Jon Lumb registered a brace and the winners' other scorers were Tony Hall and Steve Morgan. Woodridge and Lamb replied.

Wormingford Wanderers, also newcomers to the top section this season, were comfortable 3-0 winners at Bourne Wanderers with S.Evans, M.Evans and Whiting on target.

Closest match in the division was the Shrub End clash of Torch On and Colchester Gaslights which the latter won 2-1 thanks to Day and Munson. Wickham netted Torch On's consolation.

Tey Lion continue to roar on in division two and look almost certain for promotion now after storming home 5-1 against the useful Post Office outfit. Matthews registered a brace and the other goals for the winners came from O'Riordan, Cross and King. Mason delivered the Post Office goal.

Elmstead stay in the hunt for promotion after a 4-1 success at Sound Salex with Buckingham and Vaughan each netting two. Burgess replied.

All matches in this section produced away wins. Mersea came out on top 4-2 at Layer Fox courtesy of Woolley (2), Skinner and Sorrell with Ian Bain and Wright hitting back.
An all Colchester battle ended with Royal London overcoming Old Heath Recreation 5-3 with Innes registering a brace. Hill, Kirby and Jenkinson also netted for the winners and so King's hat-trick produced nothing but personal reward for the losers.

Returning to the third division programme after their 7-2 Fowler Cup semi-final beating at the hands of Brantham the previous week, Gunners did not appear too shell-shocked as they came through 4-1 at Little Waldingfield where Norton, Wheel, Power and an own goal proved the downfall of the home side.

Mistley were also away winners, picking up two good points with their 4-2 success as Boxted Wanderers. Cambridge, Kent, S.New and Morsley obliged. Lott obtained both Boxted's goals.

The day's best individual feat came from Chambers of Maraschino Rovers who hit a double hat-trick in his side's 10-0 sixth division demolition of Wilkin's Jam. Osborne (2) and Hoey (2) completed the rout.

Sealey and Karl Boyden both grabbed a brace as Lay and Wheeler overcame Nayland Eagles 5-1. Preston sorted a hat-trick for Post Office Reserves who defeated Blackheath Rovers 5-3.

Watkins was a fifth division hat-trick man in a fine 5-1 Six Bells win against Arena who had been going well. Christmas and Musto steered challengers Wivenhoe home by the odd goal in three against Elmstead's second string.

Final of the John Fowler Cup will be on Sunday at the Eastern Gas ground, Bromley Road (2.30 pm) when Brantham Colts take on Dog and Pheasant. Brantham were winners of the trophy in 1983-84 and runners-up in 1985-86. Dog and Pheasant will be looking to win their first trophy.

Jon Lumb has hit nine goals in the competition for Brantham this season as they have beaten Royal London 5-3, Apex 2-1 after a 4-4 draw, W.A.Hills 5-0 and Gunners 7-1.

Glen Matthews is the Dog's top scorer with six. They have beaten Birch Park Royals 10-0, SFC Bergholt 1-0, Wormingford 4-2 and Silver Oyster 5-0.

J.Braddock will be referee of Sunday's match with C.Pollard and N.Roach as linesmen.

HOWARD WALKER

Courtesy ECS 4th March 1988



A single goal by Carter gave Dog and Pheasant a shock victory over division one champions and current red hot title favourites Brantham in Colchester Sunday League's John Fowler Cup final at the Eastern Gas ground. The match was obviously a triumph for the Dog defence which kept the previously high scoring Brantham attack in check.

But there was no stopping SFC Bergholt's fire power in their first division game against Bourne Wanderers. Goals by Fowler, Harper, Hyams, Bloomfield and a Bourne defender who turned the ball past his own goalkeeper, produced a 5-0 victory.

W.A.Hills pipped Colchester Gaslights 3-2 thanks to efforts by Lamb and P.Hatch (2) with Plane and Bailey replying. The second division pacemakers were both in impressive form for Tey Lion Athletic crushed Sound Salex 8-2 and Elmstead did even better with their 9-1 success against struggling Tiptree Monarchs.

Gene Evers was a hat-trick man for Elmstead whose other goals came from Aldsworth (2), Vaughan (2), Long and a Monarchs defender. Cross rapped a treble for Tey Lion and Matthews (2), Sloan (2) and King completed the account.
Second division Mersea United overcame a potentially difficult League Cup tie when they romped home 5-0 against fifth division Wivenhoe with Woolley (2), Sorrell, Hempstead and Keating on target.

Queen's were the top scorers of the day with their 12-1 fourth division thrashing of Boxted Wanderers Reserves. Linnane and P.Knocker finished with hat-tricks and R.Knocker, Pearce and K.Cox all contributed a brace. Muller got three of Tiptree Monarchs Reserves goals in a 4-2 success at Newtown Rovers.

Lloyd was the only fifth division hat-trick man as Millsproud hammered Six Bells 4-0. In the sixth division Chambers hit three as Maraschino Rovers romped home 9-1 against Nayland Eagles. Wilkin's Jam slammed fellow strugglers Rowhedge Res 6-1 with Painter getting three of the goals.

HOWARD WALKER

Courtesy ECS 11th March 1988



Dog and Pheasant, shock winners of the Colchester Sunday League's Fowler Cup against favourites Brantham the previous weekend, are on the trophy trail again.

Facing a potentially difficult League Cup tie at second division Mersea United, Dog came through in great style by a 6-1 margin. And Glen Matthews took the individual honours with four of the goals. Barton and Bell rounded off the visitors' scoring.



Meanwhile there were no slip-ups from Brantham who also roared through at the expense of second division opposition. They hammered Monkwick by eight clear goals with Lumb and Morgan each getting a hat-trick and Woodbine and Harvey also on target.

But one second division side to beat top section opposition was Tey Lion who impressively overcame W.A.Hills by three clear goals at Clairmont Road. Lines, Springett and Eardley did the damage.

Also through are Colchester Gaslights, 5-2 winners at Sound Salex with Woodall grabbing a hat-trick and Old Heath Recreation who defeated Rowhedge Athletic 4-2 thanks to goals by King, Walsh, Bennett and Quinn.

But Post Office Social and Boxted Wanderers have to replay after sharing four goals in an extra time clash.

Both first division matches ended in 1-1 draws. Bourne Wanderers picked up a useful point at Wormingford courtesy of a goal by Clyde which cancelled out an effort by Evans. SFC Bergholt's marksman against Silver Oyster was Stevenson with Farthing replying.

Elmstead further boosted their hopes of promotion to the top section with a 2-1 victory over Royal London. Both goals came from that high-scoring Alresford marksman Gene Evers. The only other match in division two saw St Martin's romp home by five clear goals at Layer Fox with Lee and Hayward both getting a brace.
Division Three front runners Mistley well and truly crushed Dog and Pheasant Reserves by ten clear goals with Maudesley getting four of them. Staff (2), Cant, Sorrell, New and an own goal piled on the agony for Dog.

The only fourth division hat-trick man was Dave Woods of Breavebrook whose side pipped Boxted Reserves by the odd goal in seven. Gary Miller was the winners' other marksman and Trovell (2) and Swinn replied.

A Welsh hat-trick boosted Wivenhoe to a 9-1 fifth division success against Royal London Reserves. Another man to register a treble was Mumford of Millsproud who defeated Brick and Tile by seven clear goals.

There were three hat-trick men in division six, Barke of Blackheath led his side to a five goal victory at Highwoods. Chambers of Maraschino Rovers punished struggling Rowhedge Reserves but the latter were probably not too upset by a 5-1 setback.

Taylor of Q's Snooker hit a treble in his side's 4-0 win at Philips. Probably the best match in the section was the 3-3 draw between Nayland Eagles (Hill, Dent and own goal) and Wilkin's Jam (Turnip and Painter 2)

On Sunday, Newtown Rovers Reserves face Tey Lion Reserves in the final of the Terry Martin Cup at King George V Playing Fields, Boxted. Kick-off is at 2.30pm.

Noddy Noble has scored seven goals in the competition as Tey Lion have put paid to Dog and Pheasant Res (2-1), Boxted Wanderers Res (5-2) and Mersea United Resserves (5-0).

Paul Barron is Newtown's leading scorer with four as his side has beaten Post Office Res (2-1), Tiptree Monarchs Res ((5-1) and Drury Arms Res (3-2).

L.Jeckells will be the man in the middle with J.Fisher and J.Neal as linesmen. Extra time wil be played if necessary.

HOWARD WALKER

Courtesy ECS 18th March 1988



Despite the inevitable strike by that most consistent of marksmen Noddy Noble of Tey Lion Reserves, Newtown Reserves carried off Colchester Sunday League's Terry Martin Cup at Boxted.

Newtown came out on top 4-2 in this clash of fifth division sides with Barron getting two of the goals. Garrett and Fleming also netted. Fearis was Tey Lion's other marksman.

In the League Cup, first division title favourites Brantham were comfortable 5-2 winners against high-scoring fourth division outfit Queen's. Lumb and Morgan each rapped a brace and Balls was also on target. Cox and linnane replied.

League match of the day was the third division 6-5 special between Little Waldingfield and Apex which the former just shaded. Smillie grabbed a hat-trick for the winners.

Two players each hit four goals. They were Mundy of Colchester Lathe in his side's 7-1 fifth division romp at Mersea Reserves and Weeder of Lay and Wheeler who slammed Wilkin's Jam by seven clear goals in division six.
Clyde helped himself to a hat-trick in Bourne Wanderers' 4-0 division one win against W.A.Hills. Colchester Gaslights also chalked up a 4-0 win in this section at Wormingford, thanks to Plane (2), Scott and Day. Willsher (2) and Hyams registered in SFC Bergholt's fine 3-1 performance against Dog and Pheasant who have been excelling in cup ties recently.

Division two's leading promotion candidates again did well. Tey Lion saw of Mersea 4-1 with Lines (2), Seymour and Cross netting. Elmstead had three clear goals to spare against St Martin's with Vaughan (2) and Hallsworth obliging.

The top third division match provided two vital points for Gunners who won 4-2 at Dedham. Norton was the hero with a hat-trick and Oakley was also on target for the visitors. Easey and Joiner replied.

HOWARD WALKER

Courtesy ECS 25th March 1988



Colchester Sunday League second division promotion chasers Elmstead sprang a surprise on Fowler Cup winners Dog and Pheasant when beating the first division outfit by the odd goal in three in the League Cup at the weekend.

And the hero was Gene Evers who scored both goals. Evers is currently leading marksman for Alresford in the second division of the Border League. Dog and Pheasant's consolation goal came from Beal.

Elmstead's big rivals in the second division, Tey Lion, also made progress for they came through by a similar margin against Old Heath Recreation. Sloan and Micky Cross netted for Lion and Bennett replied.

But second division Post Office are out of the Essex Sunday Junior Cup after putting up a brave fight against VIP Dagenham. The scores were level at 1-1 after extra time and Dagenham won the penalty shoot out 4-2.

Brantham chalked up their 10th straight win in division one when they accounted for Colchester Gaslights 4-2 with Lumb (2), Morgan and Woodbine on target. Sharp and Ricketts were on target for the Gaslights. There were no goals in the SFC Bergholt - W.A.Hills clash.

Third division title favourites Gunners stormed home 7-1 against Midland Bank and Norton led the way with a hat-trick backed up by Newman, McKinley, Burnett and Critchley.

Fourth division table-toppers Queen's had to settle for a 2-2 draw against the useful AFC Pegasus outfit for whom Mullenger and Arnott were on target, Cox and Knocker were on target for Queens's.

Arena, eight points clear in division five, had no trouble against Robert's Bar whom they overcame by five clear goals. Riley (3) and Went (2) were responsible for the scoring.

Wivenhoe cracked the top score of the day when storming home 12-2 against Colchester Lathe in this section. Welsh claimed four of the goals and no fewer than nine players were on the score sheet.

Maraschino Rovers are seven points clear in division six despite being out of action at the weekend, Lay and Wheeler closed the gap with a 3-0 win against Philips with Boyden (2) and Weeder on the mark.

HOWARD WALKER

Courtesy ECS 31st March 1988


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