Midweek non-league round-up
Vanarama National League South
Braintree Town recorded their first National League South victory of the season, sinking Essex rivals, Concord Rangers, by a goal to nil at Cressing Road.
Without a point nad having parted company with manager George Borg before the game, made a string of changes to their starting line-up and it was one of the new faces, Correy Davidson, who fired the hosts into an eighth minutes lead.
Concord had an opportunity to restore parity when Jack Bridge was felled. However, Alex Wall’s spot-kick was turned aside by Iron stopper Patrick Ohman to ensure their single-goal success.
Billericay Town extended their unbeaten sequence to three matches following an exciting 2-2 draw with Welling United at Park View Road.
Kyle Reid gave the Blues an early lead. But the home side drew level when Anthony Cook scored from the spot after he had been impeded.
Welling grabbed the lead three minutes after the restart through Rowan Liburd. But the Blues grabbed a point thanks to Jake Robinson’s late penalty – Billericay moves up to thirteenth.
Resolute Daggers make their point
Vanarama National League
Dagenham & Redbridge continued to claw their way clear of the relegation zone with a hard-fought 1-1 draw with Sutton United at Gander Green Lane.
The Daggers went into the match off the back of an impressive Emirates FA Cup victory over Grimsby Town followed by a single-goal success at Boreham Wood, however, they were soon on the back foot and a goal behind against a strong Sutton outfit.
Omar Bugiel nodded the second-placed hosts in front. Indeed, the home side controlled the opening period, with Daggers goalkeeper, Elliot Justham, keeping his side in the contest.
The Daggers remained resolute and ensured a point thanks to a firmly headed goal from substitute, Paul McCallum.
Daryl McMahon’s side was forced to play out the match with ten men after Kenny Clark received a second yellow card. The point lifts Dagenham into seventeenth place.