Thamesmead spot on to reach Ryman Premier
PUBLISHED: 20:27 06 May 2013 | UPDATED: 20:27 06 May 2013
Thamesmead Town will be playing in the Ryman Premier next seasib after a thrilling penalty shoot out victory at Maldon and Tiptree in the play-off final yesterday (May 5).
The match finished 2-2 after extra-time with Mead triumphing 4-1 on penalties.
Thamesmead travelled to Essex in high spirits but found themselves two down within 12 minutes.
Robbie Berquez gave Maldon, who finished second in the regular season, the lead after eight minutes, firing past Mead goalkeeper Rob Budd from a James Robinson cross.
The lead was doubled by Lee Boylan just four minutes later after Budd had saved from Lewis Dark.
Maldon almost made it three after 27 minutes but Boylan missed the target, and it was to prove the turning point.
Three minutes later in-form striker Stuart Zanone reduced the deficit with a fine finish from a Rob Carter pass and before the break Chris Edwards equalised from the penalty spot after Baff Addae was pulled back.
That was the end of the scoring as the crucial game went to penalties. Rob Budd was the hero as he saved spot kicks from Maldon’s Kevin McLeod and Ben Bowditch.
That left Edwards the task of stepping up to fire Thamesmead into the Ryman Premier.
After the game manager Keith McMahon tweeted: “I can’t believe it. Ryman Prem here we come.”