Published 30th April 2011
....Division One North table, earning themselves a home play-off game on Tuesday against Harlow Town, who started the day in third place but could only draw 1-1 at Needham Market after taking the lead.
The play-off contestants were already known and it was only the positions that had to be sorted out. Wingate stormed into a 3-0 lead in the first 30 minutes with two goals from the prolific Leon Smith, who has twenty-nine in all competitions, and one from David Laird.
Harlow, meanwhile, took a 25th minute lead through Dave Cowley at Needham but were hauled back to level terms by Christy Finch in the 63rd minute.
Brentwood pulled a goal back in the first minute of the second half through Darren Blewitt and Ashley Hawkins set up a nail-biting finish when he scored with 6 minutes of normal time to go.
An equaliser would have meant that Brentwood faced a semi-final at Harlow but they were beaten 3-2 and on Tuesday they must travel to Needham Market, whose Craig Parker takes the division’s goalscoring honours with thirty-three league goals.
Needham, newcomers to the league this season, finished 15 points ahead of Wingate and eight behind champions East Thurrock United, who were beaten 3-2 at Ware in their final outing.
The Marketmen won their first dozen home league games before the run was halted by a goalless draw with - Brentwood.
There were no other issues to be decided in the division - only one relegation place remained after Leyton’s mid-season departure and that had already been booked by Waltham Forest.
They finished their season on a high with a 4-0 home win over Maldon & Tiptree, including a burst of three goals in as many minutes shortly before half-time.
Two goalkeepers scored in the division. Redbridge’s Elliott Justham came on as an outfield substitute during the first half of their home game with Waltham Abbey and opened the scoring in a game that finished 2-2, while Heybridge Swift’s Ollie Morris-Sanders contributed the fifth goal to their 7-2 trouncing of Ilford. Luke Callander hit a hat-trick.