The Ryman Football League
Published 23rd September 2012
.....over Cheshunt on Saturday and James Gershfield’s two goals took his tally for the season to eleven - eight of them in five league games.
Cheshunt led at half-time, thanks to Leon Archer’s 20-yard strike after 31 minutes. Gershfield equalised in the 54th minute and put the Scholars ahead with 9 minutes left. Rob Magwood added another before Iain Salt gave Cheshunt a ray of hope in the 88th minute.
Tilbury moved up to fourth, thanks to a goal deep into added time which earned them a 1-1 draw at Soham Town Rangers.
Michael Simpson scored for Soham after 55 minutes and it was almost enough. But Aaron Matthews fired a dramatic 93rd minute equaliser from 25 yards, with all twenty-two players packed into the Soham half of the field.
Missed penalties were crucial in two other games. The bottom two met at Ware and they remain in their positions, with Ware two points adrift at the foot of the table, after a 1-1 draw with Redbridge.
Elliott King gave Ware the lead in the 21st minute but Paul Shave’s free-kick levelled it 12 minutes later. Shave later put a spot-kick wide.
Needham Market’s free-scoring Sam Newson missed a late penalty which would have wrapped up a home victory over Romford and the Marketmen paid the price when Lewis Francis made it 2-2 with a spot-kick at the other end 5 minutes into added time.
Newson had converted the afternoon’s first penalty in the 28th minute and scored again 5 minutes later.
Francis quickly pulled one back with a 20-yard free-kick and it stayed that way until the final moments.
Martin McNeil’s header gave Wroxham a 28th minute lead at Chatham Town, Matt Solly drilled in the equaliser a minute later and that was that in a 1-1 draw.
Witham Town strolled to a 4-0 home win over Ilford, taking an early lead through Lewis Godbold.
The visitors had Kabir Jeetoo sent-off before Eric Gbio’s own goal doubled the lead 6 minutes before the break.
Close-range strikes from Rob Whitnell and Tom Devaux wrapped it up after the break.