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Emirates FA Cup fourth qualifying round
The football enthusiasts of Canvey Island are celebrating a unique Emirates FA Cup double after both of their senior clubs booked a place in the first round proper of the Emirates FA Cup.
Canvey Island progressed following thrilling 3-2 victory over Cray Wanderers at Park Lane. Evans Kouassi bagged an early double, then Conor Hubble made it 3-0 inside twenty-two minutes.
Joseph Taylor responded with a second-half spot-kick, while Lee Lewis ensured a dramatic finale with a second for the Kent outfit, but the Gulls held firm, much to the delight of the majority amongst the 400 crowd.
Nearby, Concord Rangers saw off Vanarama National League South high-flyers, Chippenham Town.
Temi Babalola gave Concord the lead shortly before the break. However, Chippenham were level midway through the second period thanks to Ross Stearn. But Concord was not to be denied. Deep into stoppage-time, Danny Green sent the Beach Boys through in dramatic fashion.
Also in the hat are Dagenham & Redbridge. Mitch Brundle’s first-half penalty just enough to overcome Southern League Hartley Wintney at the Chigwell Construction Stadium. Maldon & Tiptree join them – Shomari Barnwell netting from the spot two minutes from time to knock out Haringey Borough.
Vanarama National League South
Chelmsford City edged closer to the play-off places after inflicting a first league defeat of the season on Maidstone United.
Adam Morgan netted the only goal of the game from the penalty spot after he’d been felled by former Colchester and Leyton Orient man, George Elokobi.
Pitching In Isthmian League Premier Division
Chris Dickson’s second-half penalty earned Hornchurch a 1-1 draw with Horsham at Bridge Avenue. Rob O’Toole had given the visitors the lead just before the half-hour mark.
Jake Clowsley’s goal couldn’t prevent Brightlingsea Regent from going down 2-1 at home to Folkestone Invicta. Meanwhile, East Thurrock United was also on the receiving end. Ezekiel Bademosi’s strike a mere consolation as Worthing won 3-1 at Rookery Hill.
Pitching In Isthmian League North Division
Tilbury remains at the top after their 3-0 win at Aveley on Monday evening. Tony Stokes, Brian Moses (penalty) and Cameron Brodie on target for the Dockers.
Aveley recovered some ground with a 4-2 win over Witham Town – George Sykes (penalty), Alex Clark, George Sykes and David Knight with the Millers goals – Usman Adeniji and Greg Akpele responding for the visitors’.
Great Wakering Rovers’ play-off aspirations took a hit as Histon won a thrilling contest at Burroughs Park by four goals to three. Kojo Apenteng (2) and a Dan Brown own-goal for the villagers.
Heybridge Swifts had Andrew Fennell and Isaac Nkosi to thank for their 2-0 success over Basildon United. Meanwhile, Andrew Freeman’s brace helped Brentwood Town earn a 2-2 draw at AFC Sudbury. Coggeshall Town also gained a point – Matthew Price netting in a 1-1 draw at Dereham Town.
Grays Athletic slipped by a goal to nil at Soham Town Rangers. Hullbridge Sports also lost. Miles Powell and Oliver Canfer scoring late goals in a 2-0 win for hosts, Felixstowe & Walton United.
Essex Senior League
League leaders, Hashtag United, dropped points as battling Southend Manor forced a 1-1 draw at the Len Salmon Stadium. Albert Kieth netting for the home side – Luka Frankis for the Seasiders.
Enfield thrashed Clapton by five goals to one, while Takeley hammered St Margaretsbury 5-0. Ilford was also in a bit of form, beating Woodford Town 3-0.
Walthamstow won by a goal to nil at Saffron Walden Town. Sporting Bengal United also only needed a single goal to upset West Essex,
Hoddesdon Town were 2-0 winners at Sawbridgeworth Town. Second-place Cockfosters were held 1-1 by third-placed Stansted.
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Basildon Town top the table after a narrow 1-0 win over Leigh Ramblers. Nearest rivals, Buckhurst Hill slipped to a 2-1 defeat at Canning Town.
Hutton eased to a 4-0 success against Bishop’s Stortford Swifts, while Shenfield AFC saw off Old Southendian by three unanswered goals.
Catholic United overcame Kelvedon Hatch on their own patch by three goals to nil., while a single goal was enough for Rayleigh Town to edge out Sungate. Springfield and Herongate Athletic played out a 2-2 draw.
(More to follow shortly…)