Takeley back at the top
Takeley 2 Bishop Stortford Swifts 0 Takeley got back to winning ways against Bishop s Stortford Swifts on Saturday. It was a good display from the hosts and the result takes them back to the top of the Essex Olympian League Premier Division. The week
Bishop' Stortford Swifts 0
Takeley got back to winning ways against Bishop's Stortford Swifts on Saturday.
It was a good display from the hosts and the result takes them back to the top of the Essex Olympian League Premier Division.
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"The week before we let ourselves down so it was nice to bounce back," said manager Don Watters. "It was an open game and nice to watch for the independent person but nerve racking for me.
"Our whole defence was superb, and all their shots were from far out which James May dealt with comfortably.
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"Our midfield played well and up front we looked like we would score all the time, it was an excellent all round performance.
"We moved back to the top of the league as well and that's where we have got to stay."
Takeley started the brighter and Kayembe should have put them ahead after 10 minutes when he shot wide from eight yards. The hosts' midfield were running the game and Colson broke clear and found Goldblatt, but he shot wide.
Takeley did take the lead after 22 minutes when from Steve Robins free-kick Mark Watters rose to head home.
Takeley doubled the lead after 28 minutes when Watters beat two defenders and chipped the ball over the advancing keeper.
The second half started with Swifts having a lot of the ball but they could not threaten, their best chance of the game falling to Mularak who blazed a shot over the bar from 30 yards.
- Takeley have strengthened their squad by signing ex Norwich City defender Richard Goodchild and Sawbridgeworth Town youngster Harry Forsyth.
Goodchild has just returned from the USA and has previously played under Watters for Sawbridgeworth and was reserve team captain at Norwich City.
"He had a few clubs chasing him including Harlow and Bishop's Stortford, but he stayed loyal to me," said Watters.
"He can play anywhere across the back and in midfield or up front. Goalkeeper is the only position I haven't seen him play and he will be a good asset.
"Harry played for Sawbridgeworth Reserves last year and he is developing into a good player. He can play up front of right midfield and will also be an asset to us."
Takeley start their defence of the Essex Premier Cup on Saturday away at St Osyth.
"The club won it last year and we want to do well again," said Watters.
"We should be back to full strength and we are going there to win it and enjoy it."
Takeley Res 2 Hutton Res 0
Second half goals from Ben Simpson and a cracker from Stuart Nock from 20 yards gave Takeley Reserves the victory on Saturday.