Clarets draw – Billericay, Concord and Braintree all beaten

Vanarama National League

Dagenham & Redbridge’s clash with Boreham Wood was called off due to COVID-19 concerns amongst the Victoria Road club.

With the Daggers sitting idle and those around them picking up points, Daryl McMahon’s side found themselves bottom of the table after the weekends’ fixtures.

Vanarama National League South

Chelmsford City provided a crumb of comfort on another difficult day for the region’s sides.

The Clarets moved up to tenth place following their goalless encounter at Dulwich Hamlet, extending their recent unbeaten sequence to four matches.

Braintree Town, Billericay Town and Concord Rangers currently occupy the bottom three places, with all three slipping to damaging defeats.

Liam Smyth, Romario Dunne and Kyran Clements were all on target for the Iron, but couldn’t prevent visitors, Hemel Hampstead Town recording an exciting 4-3 victory at Cressing Road.

Worrying times for Billericay and their manager, Jamie O’Hara, after Ebbsfleet United inflicted a fourth straight defeat on the New Lodge side.

Jake Robinson netted the Blues goal in a 2-1 reverse. The usually reliable frontman also saw a spot-kick rebuffed as Billericay’s quest for a first point continues.

Concord Rangers suffered an instantly forgettable trip across the river, facing a Maidstone United side desperate to ignite their title challenge.

Unfortunately for the Beach Boys, that is exactly what happened as the Stones ran out winners by six unanswered goals at the Gallagher Stadium.

Pitching In Isthmian League North

Tilbury remains at the top of the table after coming from behind to beat Soham Town Rangers at Chadfields.

Joe Carden gave the visitors a surprise lead. However, Brian Moses restored parity from the penalty spot on the stroke of half-time.

The Dockers had to wait until the final minute to secure the victory. Lee Burns’ goal leaving the hosts three points clear, although second-placed Maldon & Tiptree has three games in hand.

Lee Newton and Malaki Toussaint netted for Romford in a 2-2 draw with Bury Town in front of a 400 crowd at Ram Meadow. Meanwhile, Billy Willis and Julian Simon-Parson found the net for bottom of the table Witham Town in their 5-2 defeat at AFC Sudbury.

Buildbase FA Trophy Third Qualifying Round

Hornchurch progressed following a hard-fought Essex derby with Bowers & Pitsea at the Len Salmon Stadium.

Luca Albon gave Bowers a first-half lead from the penalty spot. However, the Urchins roared back after the break – Alex Osborn, Ellis Brown and Charlie Ruff scoring in a 3-1 victory.

Shomari Barnwell bagged a brace, while Hamza Kaid added a third as Maldon & Tiptree edged out Kingstonian by three goals to two at the Wallace Binder Stadium. Aveley are also in the hat after goals from Harry Donovan, Alex Clark and George Sykes earned a 3-0 victory over Beaconsfield Town at the Parkside Stadium.

Barking required a penalty shootout to see off Sittingbourne at Mayesbrook Park. Isaac Westendorf netted for the East Londoners as the contest finished 1-1 – Barking advancing 4-3 from the spot.

East Thurrock United are out after slipping to a 4-3 defeat to Cheshunt at Rookery Hill. Callum Taylor, Luke Illsley and Ezekiel Bademosi with the Rocks goals. Heybridge Swifts Trophy ambitions are also at an end for the season after a Connor Furlong goal handed Biggleswade Town a 1-0 victory at the Carlsberg Stadium.

Nnamdi Nwachuku equalised in the final minute for Coggeshall Town against Wingate & Finchley. However, the Londoners held their nerve considerably better from the spot to win 3-0.

Essex Senior League

A sizable crowd of 205 congregated at Catons lane to see Saffron Walden Town make up a little ground on the leading pack with a narrow 2-1 victory over struggling Woodford Town.

Billy Jones and substitute, Oliver Fortune, score for the home side – they move up to fourth place.

Buildbase FA Vase

Ilford emphatically progressed following a 4-1 victory over FC Clacton at the Cricklefield Stadium. Olayemi Ogunfunmilade scored twice for the home side, while Mohamed Kargbo and Frederick Agyemang were also on target.

George Smith and Harry Honesty were Hashtag United’s goalscorers in their 2-0 win at Coggeshall United. The Tags are joined in the next stage by Hadley who knocked out Pagham by two goals to one at the Hadley Sports Ground.

However, there was little success for several other of the regions clubs at this stage of the competition.

Walthamstow went down 4-2 on penalties at Ampthill Town following a 1-1 draw. Clapton also went out on penalties – The Tons losing the shootout 3-0 after a 1-1 draw with Petersfield Town. Stansted also came unstuck. Hosts, Milton Keynes Irish winning their tie by two goals to nil.

ProKit UK Essex Olympian League
Premier Division

Buckhurst Hill are back on top by virtue of goal difference following their incredible 5-4 victory at Harold Wood Athletic.

Catholic United remain in contention after seeing off Rayleigh Town by three goals to one. Springfied edged out Shenfield AFC by the odd goal in three, whie their were single goal victories for Kelvedon Hatch and Leigh Ramblers over Canning Town and Bishop’s Stortford Swifts respectively.


Brian Jeeves

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