Concord and Aveley make FA Trophy progress

Non-league round-up

Buildbase FA Trophy Fourth Round

Concord Rangers and Aveley are through to the last eight following dramatic third-round victories.

In a fascinating contest which went all the way, Lamar Reynold and James Blanchfield twice had the Beach Boys in front, only for Stephen Morley and Callum Gittings to level on both occasions for the ten-man Brakes who had Junior English dismissed in extra-time.

The ensuing penalty shootout saw Concord stopper, Chris Haig, save from Jack Edwards to send the Canvey-based into the quarter-final stage for the first time in their history.

Meanwhile, Aveley were creating history of their own, progressing with a stunning 3-1 triumph over Essex-rivals, Chelmsford City.

A bumper crowd of 811 gathered at the Millers impressive Parkside home and saw Jason Raad’s free-kick hand Aveley the lead before Chris Whelpdale levelled for the Clarets eleven minutes from time.

But Aveley were not to be denied a famous victory. Alex Akrofi reestablished the Millers lead late on, then Jonathan Nzengo secured progress in the final moments of the tie.

Vanarama National League

Dagenham & Redbridge extended their unbeaten sequence to five matches and remain outside the relegation zone by a point following Chike Kandi’s last-gasp equaliser against Stockport County at Victoria Road.

The 1,500-plus crowd looked set to witness a goalless encounter until County substitute, Liam McAlinden, fired his side ahead in the last minute. However, Kandi blasted into the roof of the net deep into stoppage-time to keep momentum with Daryl McMahon’s men.

Vanarama National League South

It proved to be a tough afternoon for the regions National South sides. Billericay Town went down by three goals to nil at leaders, Wealdstone –
Ross Lafayette with a brace and one from Moses Emmanuel for the home side. Meanwhile, Braintree Town lost by a single goal at Maidstone United – the Iron remain eighteenth.

BetVictor Isthmian League Premier Division

Hornchurch saw their play-off aspirations take a hit as they went down by the odd goal in three at Potters Bar Town. New signing, Jamie Cureton, netted for the Urichins the lead. However, an early brace from Ben Ward-Cochrane – one from the spot – won it for the hosts.

Darren Foxley’s early strike was insufficient for East Thurrock United, as late goals from Alphanso Kennedy and Charlie Ruff handed Wingate & Finchley. Meanwhile, Haringey Borough also slipped to defeat – going down 2-0 at Horsham.

Bishop’s Stortford were beaten 3-1 at Leatherhead – Craig Calver with the visitor’s consolation. Meanwhile, Bowers & Pitsea bucked the losing trend of our local sides – Callum Leahy netting in a 1-1 draw with Merstham at the Len Salmon Stadium.

BetVictor Isthmian League North Division

Maldon & Tiptree are back on top after a resounding 5-0 rout of Hullbridge Sports. Danny Parish, Charlee Hughes, Ryan Charles, Jake Cass and Conor Hubble on target for the resurgent Jammers.

Heybridge Swifts slip to second following an incredible 4-4 draw at Canvey Island. Matthew Price, George Cocklin, Evans Kouassi and Emmanuel Osei-Owusu were all on target for the Swifts, who lead 4-2 in the final moments. However, Michael Finneran and Tobi Joseph added to earlier strikes from Ernest Okoh (penalty) and Matt Lock to secure an unlikely point for the Gulls.

Eljay Worrell netted five minutes from time as Tilbury beat Dereham Town to continue their push for the play-offs. Coggeshall Town are also in the hunt after a Nnamdi Nwachuku goal midway through the second half edged out Grays Athletic.

Louie Theophanous, Adam Morgan and Adam Morgan found the net as Romford recovered to beat Felixstow & Walton United by three goals to one. Witham Town continues to climb away from the relegation place – an Oliver Bell goal enough to see off Basildon United.

Brentwood Town remain third from bottom. Andrew Freeman netted their goal at Soham Town Rangers but the home side won 2-1

Essex Senior League

Leaders, Saffron Walden Town, suffered defeat as Stansted plundered the points at Hargrave Park – the Airportmen winning by the odd goal in three – John Clarke and Ryan Ramsey on target for the home side.

Lewis Francis bagged a brace at Walthamstow closed the gap to two points with a 4-0 win over Sawbridgeworth Town. Dwade James and Michael Toner were also amongst the goals for the east Londoners.

Hadley won 2-0 at Enfield, as did Redbridge at St Margaretsbury. Ilford also replicated that particular scoreline to see off Southend Manor at the Crickelfield Stadium.

Hoddesdon and West Essex played out a thrilling 3-3 draw, while Cockfosters clash with Takeley ended goalless.

ProKit UK Essex Olympian League

Sungate continued their relentless charge towards the Premier Division title with a 3-2 victory ay Old Southendian. Substitutes, Jonathan Ogunsanya (2) and Daniel Lopes on target for the visitors.

Leigh Ramblers are back in second following a 2-0 victory over Buckhurst Hill. Despite the defeat, the visitors will hope a series of games in hand could see them close the gap on the leaders.

Unpredictable Catholic United went down 3-1 at Kelvedon Hatch, while Canning Town won by the same margin against Springfield. Elsewhere, Shenfield AFC won an entertaining contest with Harold Wood Athletic by the odd goal in five.

In Division One, FC Hamlets were the big winners of the day, thrashing Herongate Athletic 7-1. Leaders Chingford Athletic won 4-1 at Toby, while Snaresbrook triumphed by the same scoreline at Ramsden Scotia.
Ongar Town beat Runwell Sports by three goals to one. Lakeside and Shoebury Town shared four goals, while honours were also even between Galleywood and Old Chelmsfordians – the eventual outcome a 1-1 draw.

The top two went head to head in Division Two with Leigh Town extending their lead at the summit with a 3-2 success over Old Southendian Reserves. The only other game in Division two saw AS Rawreth ease past Ryan by three goals to nil.

Corinthians Reserves were 3-2 winners over their Buckhurst Hill counterparts in Division Three. ACD United beat Hutton’s second string by a goal to nil, while Collier row were 2-0 winners over Basildon Town’s Reserves. Toby Reserves also claimed maximum points, seeing off White Ensign seconds by two goals to one.

Plenty of goals in Division Four. Chingford Athletic Development hammered Laindon Athletic Reserves 6-1, while Wakering Sports seconds hit four without reply at Canning Town Reserves.

Catholic United Reserves beat Shenfield AFC’s seconds 3-1, while the game between Ongar Town Reserves and Leytonstone United ended 1-1.

Top of the table Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Reserves recorded a 3-0 Division Five victory over Collier Row Reserves. Springfield Reserves were 2-0 winners over Old Barkabbeyans, while Runwell Sports Reserves only needed a single goal to take the points against Leigh Ramblers Reserves.

Senior League Cup

Roydon made progress with an emphatic 5-2 win over Basildon Town. Lewis Watson scored twice for the winners, while Sam Bentley, Momamed NBenzid and Scott Brown completed the rout.


Brian Jeeves

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