To be honest, there’s no good reason for Maldon & Tiptree to mean much to Boro’ fans. We don’t mean to be overly harsh or anything, but it’s like that – and that’s the way it is. We’ve never played The Jammers in a competitive fixture, after all. In fact, the only time we took to the same field as the Essex club in recent years was a friendly in summer 2015. And that was after we pinched their boss, Kevin Watson. So, we may struggle with this one…
It’s no surprise that Boro’ have never crossed the same path as Maldon & Tiptree. Maldon Town – as they were known until 2010 – were a member of the Essex League during the time we were bumming around the lower reaches of the Isthmian League. No, not even the FA Trophy or FA Vase paired us together. The Jammers did eventually join the Isthmian League; the move coming back in 2005. And it’s there that you’ll still find ’em.
Maldon & Tiptree took their Isthmian League bow in the Premier Division – but it didn’t last long. The club were relegated in that debut season, falling into Division One North. The 2012-3 campaign was the closest the Jammers have come to a return, but went down to Thamesmead Town in the playoff final. On pelanties. Ouch! And that’s all we have for you. Lee Boylan, Ollie Berquez and Dwayne Plummer played for them? No? OK…
If you want to know how Tiptree came to be a part of the club’s name, it dates back to 2009. Maldon Town were taken over by the Tiptree United chairman. This happened in September and both sides completed their respective seasons. In April 2010, two was to become one; Tiptree pulling out of the Essex Senior League and incorporated into Maldon Town. And the Jammers nickname? That was voted for by the fans at the same time.
How to get to Maldon & Tiptree – Travel Information – Distance: 48 miles
We’ve opted, however, to take the shorter (distance) and slightly longer (time) route across country. From Stevenage, travel towards Ware on the A602 and join the southbound A10 for London. After around four miles, come off the A10 and go down the spur for the Amwell roundabout. Here, take the fourth exit to join the A414 to Harlow.
Upon reaching Harlow, follow the signs for A414 (Chelmsford) past the old sportscentre and Sainsbury’s supermarket. Go straight over the roundabout on the A1019 past the multi-storey car park on the right and take Velizy Avenue.
After you go past Harlow College on your left, go left at the roundabout past Harlow Leisurezone. Keep on this road (Second Avenue) until you come to the roundabout that’ll let you rejoin the A414. Take the third exit for Chelmsford.
Stay on the A414 all the way to Chelmsford, taking the first exit onto London Road (A1114) after reaching the town. It’s the second exit on the roundabout immediately afterwards, and the second exit again in 0.8 miles.
Remain on the A1114 until you reach a Travelodge and the junction for the Essex Yeomanry Way. Join the eastbound carriageway off the roundabout (third) exit and then exit after 0.2 miles for Maldon Road.
Go left at the roundabout onto Maldon Road and go past Manor Farm Shop on your left. Cross the A12 and remain on the A414 for 2.3 miles, before you will reach Maldon. You’ll be on the A414 until you reach a Morrison’s supermarket.
At the roundabout, take the third exit for the B1018 and, half-a-mile later, take the second exit at the roundabout to stay on Limebrook Way. Another half-a-mile down the road, use the second exit for Park Drive and the ground is on the right.
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