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Basildon United
Redbridge
M Bowers (89')
Full time
Wed 2 May 19:45 - League Attendance 339

Bees Bostik Bound

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Bowers bags Golden Boot award with last gasp winner

Basildon United secured second place in the Essex Senior League with a late, late victory against Redbridge at The Ho-Ho Stadium and with it promotion to the Bostik League Division One North.

Jack Adlington and Marcus Bowers had early chances for The Bees, but it soon became clear that Redbridge, who themselves had been in the promotion race right up until last weekend, had no intention of making life easy for their hosts.

Redbridge enjoyed large chunks of possession and could easily have taken the lead on 25 minutes when Thomas Gogo's shot cannoned back off of the crossbar and the same was true with five minutes to go until the half time interval as a further chance was cleared off the line when a goal seemed inevitable.

Into the second half and it was more of the same as Remi Nelson's shot was brilliantly saved by Connor Wheatley in the Basildon goal and moments later another good chance was blazed over.

Gradually The Bees worked their way back into the game, but chances were still at a premium.

With time beginning to run out, manager, Marc Harrison, made three attacking changes bringing on Charlie Kendall, Jack Renew and James Peagram and the fresh legs gave the home side fresh impetus.

It looked as if time had run out though as the game entered the final stages. That was until Renew was upended on the edge of the Redbridge area on 89 minutes to give Basildon a free kick in a dangerous area. The anticipation in the ground, in front of a seasons best attendance of 339, was almost tangible as Marcus Bowers stepped up and he superbly curled the ball around the wall to fire The Bees into the lead and claim the league Golden Boot award ahead of Redbridge's Brian Moses.

There followed a period of five minutes of injury time that must have felt like an eternity to the Basildon players and fans, but the full time whistle came and The Bees could begin to celebrate a return to the Isthmian League for the first time since 1991.

Key moments

89:00
Goal Marcus Bowers scores for Basildon United

Highlights

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90:00 Sub On
Liam Thomas is substituted on for Redbridge
90:00 Sub On
Jonathan Mbamrah is substituted on for Redbridge
90:00 Yellow Card
Marcus Bowers is yellow carded for Basildon United
89:00 Goal 1 - 0
Marcus Bowers scores for Basildon United
84:00 Sub On
Calvin Poku is substituted on for Redbridge
84:00 Sub Off
Joshua Hutchinson is substituted off for Redbridge
76:00 Sub Off
Patrick Duggan is substituted off for Redbridge
76:00 Sub On
Reside Coxi-Sebastfao is substituted on for Redbridge
71:00 Sub On
Jack Renew is substituted on for Basildon United
71:00 Sub Off
Jack Adlington is substituted off for Basildon United
71:00 Sub On
James Peagram is substituted on for Basildon United
71:00 Sub Off
Oli Spooner is substituted off for Basildon United
69:00 Yellow Card
Courtney Homans is yellow carded for Redbridge
69:00 Yellow Card
Jack Adlington is yellow carded for Basildon United
65:00 Sub Off
Jamie Brown is substituted off for Basildon United
65:00 Sub On
Charlie Kendall is substituted on for Basildon United
61:00 Yellow Card
Darren Phillips is yellow carded for Basildon United
End of period 1
20:00 Yellow Card
George Whitby is yellow carded for Basildon United
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Basildon United
  • Redbridge
  • 0
  • George Whitby Yellow Card 20:00'
  • Darren Phillips Yellow Card 61:00'
  • Charlie Kendall Sub On 65:00'
  • Jamie Brown Sub Off 65:00'
  • Jack Adlington Yellow Card 69:00'
  • Courtney Homans Yellow Card 69:00'
  • Oli Spooner Sub Off 71:00'
  • James Peagram Sub On 71:00'
  • Jack Adlington Sub Off 71:00'
  • Jack Renew Sub On 71:00'
  • Patrick Duggan Sub Off 76:00'
  • Reside Coxi-Sebastfao Sub On 76:00'
  • Joshua Hutchinson Sub Off 84:00'
  • Calvin Poku Sub On 84:00'
  • Marcus Bowers Goal 89:00'
  • Marcus Bowers Yellow Card 90:00'
  • Jonathan Mbamrah Sub On 90:00'
  • Liam Thomas Sub On 90:00'

Team selection

Basildon United
Redbridge
  • 1. Lewis Greene
  • 2. Courtney Homans
  • 3. Eljay Worrell
  • 4. Remi Nelson
  • 5. Vinny Murphy
  • 6. Jonathan Mbamrah
  • 7. Joshua Hutchinson
  • 8. Patrick Duggan
  • 9. Shaun Harris
  • 10. Brian Moses
  • 11. Thomas Gogo
  • 12. Daniel Gilchrist
  • 13. Calvin Poku
  • 14. Liam Thomas
  • 15. Phillip Browne-Bampfoe
  • 16. Reside Coxi-Sebastfao

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