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News & Sport for week commencing Saturday: April 20

This Week's News and Sport:    

   Ticketless parking using automatic number plate recognition has been rolled out at train stations in Colchester, Marks Tey, Manningtree, Witham, Kelvedon and Hatfield Peverel.
It now means customers no longer need to pay and display a ticket, instead, cameras record their number plate and the customer can pay at a payment kiosk on return to the station, or they can choose to pay using their mobile phone at the time of parking or pay online anytime up to midnight the day after their visit. Blue badge holders will continue to park for free, provided they register with NCP either online or by phone up within 24 hours of leaving the car park.


   Seven-year-old primary school pupil, Daniel Walker, of Great Notley, is hoping to raise awareness of the importance of not dropping rubbish by carrying out his very own crackdown on litter. He set about tidying up the outdoors at weekends after spotting a supermarket carrier bag tangled up in bushes, which he then used to put other rubbish in. He has raised more than 730 pounds for Farleigh Hospice in just under a week after residents began donating cash as a thank you for his kind-hearted efforts.


And now for the sport

FOOTBALL

Braintree ended Fylde's title hopes in a 2-1 victory last weekend. This victory was no fluke win for Iron because all the players worked hard all afternoon and individually stuck to their tasks while combining with some really attractive football not often seen by Braintree fans this season.
The only surprise about the result was that the home side didn't score more as they always looked the more likely to score every time they went forward and repeatedly ran the visitors' defence ragged.
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A 3-2 defeat by Dereham Town has left Witham three points above the relegation zone - currently occupied by Romford and Mildenhall Town - with three games to play and have a better goal difference than both so we are in the better position.
Despite the end result, Ashford was pleased with the performance he saw from his team against Dereham and he knew similar displays over the Easter weekend were needed to stand them in good stead.


TABLE TENNIS

Honours ended even when Braintree 'Nets A' played 'Rayne B' last Wednesday. Nets won 4 of their nine singles matches and won the only singles match for an overall 5-All draw.


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