Dunmow, Thaxted hit rivals for six

JP Alexander, Christian Roles, Kennie Irving and Jake Sutton were on target for Dunmow Rhodes agains

JP Alexander, Christian Roles, Kennie Irving and Jake Sutton were on target for Dunmow Rhodes against Witham Nomads - Credit: Archant

Dunmow Rhodes made a good start to the new year by hitting Witham Nomads for six in their Braintree & North Essex League meeting.

Rhodes put pressure on the home defence early on, with Jake Sutton going close to opening the scoring with a decent strike.

The visitors took the lead midway through the first half when captain Christian Roles saw his shot take a deflection off a defender to find the net.

Sam Hockley’s fine shot was well saved by Adam O’neill, but George Hamill’s free-kick picked out Roles to double the Dunmow advantage.

And it was 3-0 at the break when Sutton’s pass found Kennie Irving in space to score a good goal.

Luke Johnson produced some decent saves to deny Witham a reply after the restart, before Hockley’s excellent pass found Sutton to net number four.

Set-piece specialist Hamill then picked out Roles from a corner to claim his second goal of the game and JP Alexander’s long-range free kick made it 6-0.

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Nomads were awarded a late penalty, which Sam Greenhalgh converted for some consolation, but it was Dunmow’s day, as Irving took the man of the match award.

*Thaxted Rangers returned to action after a month-long break to beat Balsham 6-0 in their Cambs League Division One encounter.

A first-half brace from Charlie Daniels – the second a stunning effort from the edge of the box – put Thaxted on top at the break.

And a Keiren Lock header soon after the restart ended the match as a contest, with Martyn Doble making it 4-0 on the hour.

Two late strikes, from first-team debutant Tom Samson and Daniels, to complete his hat-trick, rounded off an excellent display by Thaxted, with 16-year-old Ky Richardson giving another impressive performance in midfield.