Aveley FA Trophy adventure ended at Notts County

Buildbase FA Trophy fourth-round
Aveley’s brave Buildbase FA Trophy run was brought to its conclusion by high-flying Vanarama National League outfit, Notts County, at Meadow Lane.

Despite the 5-0 scoreline, the Millers far from disgraced themselves against their higher-ranked opponents. A sizable following from Aveley made the trip to back their charges. However, Jim O’Brien, Tom Crawford, Sam Osbourne, Kyle Wooton and Scott Wilson found the net to ensure the east Midlanders a safe passage to the semi-final stage.

Vanarama National League
Dagenham & Redbridge saw their recent unbeaten sequence ended at top of the table Barrow.

Tom White handed the Holker Street club an early lead, but that was swiftly extinguished as Alex Reid levelled for the Daggers four minutes later.

But Barrow regained their advantage just after the half-hour mark – Patrick Brough providing what turned out to be the games decisive goal. Dagenham remain a point outside the dropzone.

Vanarama National League South
Braintree Town recorded a priceless victory in their bid to avoid the drop. Second-half goals from Jordan Chiedozie and Liam Smyth cementing a 2-0 victory over Bath City at Cressing Road.

Billericay Town – with games in hand – sit just above the trap door. Jack Paxmannetted the Blues goal in a hard-fought 1-1 draw at Eastbourne Borough.

BetVictor Isthmian League Premier Division
Several matches fell foul of the inclement weather conditions. However, Hornchurch took full advantage of getting the green light to stage their clash with Haringey Borough at Bridge Avenue.

Chris Dickson bagged a brace for the Urchins to secure a 2-1 success. Roman Michael Percil responded for the North Londoners in the final minute – Hornchurch are up to second.

BetVictor Isthmian League North Division
Only one game beat the weather in the North Division. Heybridge Swifts saw their outside title challenge dented as hosts, AFC Sudbury, plundered the points.

Alex Teniola had given the Swifts the lead just after the hour, However, two penalties in the final quarter of an hour from Callum Harrison turned the contest on its head. 2-1 the final outcome – Heybridge are second, eight points behind Maldon & Tiptree.

Essex Senior League
It proved to be a bleak day for the Essex Senior League with all seven league matches wiped out by the weather.

ProKit UK Essex Olympian League
Artificial pitches were the order of the day, with the Garon Park surface providing Old Southendian and Basildon Town the opportunity to stage their Premier League encounter.

The Old Boys enhanced their chances of avoiding relegation with a resounding 4-1 success. Ed Gould, Riley Oliver, skipper, Luke Maloney and Matt Wilson netted for the home side – Barv Walkuaika responded in the final minute for Town.

Catholic United and Bishop’s Stortford Swifts played out an entertaining 2-2 draw at the Len Salmon Stadium – the green and whites sit fourth.

In Division One, Joe Lilly snatched the only goal of the game as Ongar Town won at Lakeside. Toby FC also claimed maximum points, seeing off Herongate Athletic by three goals to one at the Ford Spirts & Social Club, Newbury Park.

Leigh Town won their Division Two encounter with Epping Town by a goal to nil – Harry Paynethe man on target. Meanwhile, in Division Four, Lewis Page bagged a hat-trick and Lewis Watson added another as Roydon won an entertaining match with Catholic United Reserves by four goals to two.

Tommy Woolf and Carlos Dias were on target as Laindon Orient’s second string won 2-0 against their Shenfield AFC counterparts – the result lifted the O’s to eighth in the table.

Anagram Records Trophy
Suleyman Zuhdu’s treble went some way towards booking Buckhurst Hill a semi-final berth. Sam Sollosi and Tyler Dolan also scored as Rayleigh Town were dispatched by five goals to two at the Roding Valley School.

Essex Junior Cup
Hutton Reserves advanced with a 3-1 victory over Bowers & Pitsea’s under 23 side. Meanwhile, Collier Row defeated FC Clacton Reserves by the same margin at the Forest Row Centre.

Brian Jeeves

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