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The Pitching In Isthmian League Premier Division
Bowers & Pitsea displayed their early-season Premier Division promotion credentials with a hard-earned 2-1 victory on the road at Wingate & Finchley.
Quentin Monville opened the scoring for the visitors’ midway through the opening period and although Bilal Sayoud levelled for Wingate just before the break, Daniel Trendall won it for Bowers five minutes from time. The Home sides misery was compounded by the dismissal of J’Ardell Stirling following a second yellow card.
Also winning on the road were Haringey Borough – Daniel Akindayini and Laste Dombaxe netting in another 2-1 success at Corinthian-Casuals
Hornchurch got off to a winning start with Jordan Clark and a last-minute Lewwis Spence strike enough to overcome Merstham by the odd goal in three in front of a healthy 336 crowd at Bridge Avenue.
Thomas Richardson netted twice from the penalty spot helping Bishop’s Stortford recover a two-goal deficit to earn a share of the spoils with Bognor Regis Town at the ProKit UK Stadium
East Thurrock United went down by a goal to nil at Cheshunt, while Valter Rocha’s goal couldn’t prevent Brightlingsea Regent going down by the odd goal in three at home to Margate.
Isthmian League North
Hullbridge Sports were in seventh-heaven as they ruthlessly dispatched hosts’ Maldon Town by seven unanswered goals at the Simarco Stadium.
Callum Fitzer and Lewis Watson each bagged a brace, while Emmanuel Okunja,
Nathan Scarborough and a Julian Simon-Parson (own-goal completed the rout before a largely stunned audience of 119.
Tony Stokes and Moroyin Omolabi scored in the final stages to earn Grays Athletic a 2-0 triumph at Brentwood Town – Phil Roberts seeing red for the home side. Aveley also started with a win – Bradley Sach, Wyan Reid and Manny Ogunrinde on target in an exciting 3-2 win over Dereham Town at Parkside.
A fourteenth-minutes strike from Brian Moses was sufficient for Tilbury to take the points at Cambridge City. Maldon & Tiptree had to be content with a share of the points – Shomari Barnwell scoring the Jammers goal in a 1-1 draw at Soham Town Rangers.
336 fans witnessed Canvey Island’s goalless encounter with Romford at the Frost Financial Stadium. Meanwhile, Great Wakering Rovers a Felixstow & Walton United also drew a blank in a tense encounter at Burroughs Park.
Coggeshall Town went down 2-1 at AFC Sudbury – Nnamdi Nwachuku netting for the Seedgrowers. Heybridge Swifts also came unstuck, Chris Gregan with their consolation in a similar setback against Histon.
Jamie Marsh received his marching orders as Basildon United went down by a goal to nil – Cruise Nyadzayo bagging the all-important strike for Bury Town midway through the opening period.
ProKit UK Essex Olympian League
Basildon Town took the ProKit UK Essex Olympian League Premier Division points at Bishop’s Stortford Swifts – Antony Aylett, Graham Harrison and Jamie Simpkins finding the net in a 3-1 triumph – Carlos Flood with the hosts’ response.
Harold Wood saw off VCanning Town by the odd goal in three, while Harry Talbot strike was enough for Rayleigh Town to take the points at Old Southendian.
Suleyman Zuhdu grabbed the only goal as ten-man Buckhurst Hill won at Leigh Ramblers – Max Nicholson sent-off for the away side. Another single-goal success saw Sungate see off Springfield at Forest Road.
Catholic United and Hutton played out a 1-1 draw and it was the same outcome at School Road where Kelvedon Hatch and Shenfield AFC finished all-square.
Substitute Kieron Smith took the Division One individual scoring honours, netting four times as Manford Way hammered Shoebury Town 7-2. Liam Burgess, Olajide Yusuff and Joe Lovell also amongst the goals.
Herongate Athletic edged out Old Chhelmsfordians 3-2, while Ongar Town won a thrilling encounter with Chingford Athletic by five goals to three. Toby FC hit four unanswered goals at Ramsden Scotia, while Snaresbrook beat Galleywood 4-2 and Runwell Sports were 2-0 winners at Rayleigh Town Reserves.
Highlights in Division Two saw Epping Town thrash Harold Wood Athletic 7-3. In Division Three, Leigh Town Reserves won 4-2 at May & Baker Eastbrook Community Reserves.
Shoebury Town Reserves hammered their AS Rawreth counterparts 6-2 in Division Five, while Wakering Sports hit four past Epping Town seconds at Cupids.