Last Gasp Cornhill Puts Maldon In a Jam
By Dean Wootten
Bowers snatch win with last kick of the game
Max Cornhill played the role of super-sub as Bowers & Pitsea snatched a 2-1 win with the last kick of the game against Maldon & Tiptree. Bowers had taken the lead through David Knight before Laste Bombaxe equalised with a freak goal. But Cornhill was to have the last laugh as he headed Bowers to victory with the last kick of the game.
Bowers remained unchanged as they entered their fifth fixture of first v second in the 2018/19 season, having previously won two, drawn one and lost one of those encounters.
It was the visitors who started on the front foot, with Quentin Monville in particular causing problems for Maldon's defence as he was able to beat Matthew Briggs on a couple of occasions before crossing, but both Lewis Manor and Brad Warner saw their efforts go over the top.
Ben McNamara produced a sensational save to deny David Knight, scrambling across his goal-line to tip over the number 10s effort after Knighty had initially pinched the ball from Lombaxe. But Knight wasn't to be denied, as in the 18th minute he put the league leaders into a 1-0 lead. Ryan Sammons recycled a long-throw out to Quentin Monville who drove into the box before picking out Manor. He controlled before setting the ball for Knight who tucked the ball home, scoring his 19th league goal of the season.
Bowers were content with their lead and were able to control the rest of the half without too many difficulties, Maldon's only real chance coming when Liam Hope glanced his header from Jerome Slew's cross.
But, The Jammers were a different animal after the break as they raced out of the blocks and Andy Wilton had to produce a fine save to deny Slew after Briggs' cross had beaten everyone. Jack Cawley then headed over from a Dombaxe corner as Maldon edged closer to an equaliser.
It was from a Dombaxe corner that Maldon scored their equaliser on the hour mark, but it was in bizarre circumstances that the goal came. Dombaxe stood the corner up towards the back post, and with Wilton caught at the front post, the ball sailed over his head before going in off the post.
Maldon continued to press forward in search of taking the lead, but it was Bowers' who were to have the next clear chance, as McNamara tipped over Knight's free kick, before he and Warner worked a short corner which saw the latter shoot into the arms of the Jammers goalkeeper.
With twelve minutes to play Rob Small sent on Max Cornhill for Knight in a moment which changed the game. With Maldon pressing for a winner Bowers began to look dangerous on the break with the pace of Monville and Warner causing problems. Manor headed against the bar for Bowers, and Hope headed inches over for Maldon as the game looked certain to end in a draw.
Then, in the last attack of the game, Brad Warner cut inside on his left before delivering an inch perfect ball, picking out the trademark late run of Cornhill and he helped the ball over over McNamara to send the Bowers bench wild. It's a goal that could prove to be massive in the context of the season, as Bowers are now eight points clear of second-placed Aveley with a game in hand over their nearest rivals.