Daggers climb a place after seeing off Solihull

Non-league round-up

Vanarama National League

Dagenham & Redbridge remain a point outside the relegation zone following their impressive 2-0 victory over play-off hopefuls, Solihull Moors at the Chigwell Construction Stadium.

First-half goals from Mitch Brundle and Angelo Balanta proved decisive as the Daggers moved two places above the bottom four, leapfrogging Maidenhead United, who went down 2-1 at home to Aldershot Town.

It was a good day all-round for the Daggers. The club backed by the support of the BD Group – celebrated Diversity Day and with the lure of significantly reduced admission, coupled with a series of pre-match events and activities, a bumper crowd of 2,345 turned out to back Daryl McMahon’s men.

Vanarama National League South

Chelmsford City played out a 1-1 draw with Slough Town at the Melbourn Community Stadium. Joseph Chidyausiku handed the Clarets an advantage on the hour – Ryan Bird levelling for Slough six minutes later.

Billericay Town also earned a share of the spoils following a hard-fought goalless encounter at high-flying Weymouth.

Concord Rangers went down by a goal to nil at Hemel Hampstead Town – James Dobson on target for the home side. Meanwhile, Braintree Town were beaten 2-0 at Hungerford Town – Joe Tomlinson and Matt Jones sealing the Iron’s fate.

BetVictor Isthmian League Premier Division

Hornchurch are third following a 2-0 success at Bishop’s Stortford. Chris Dickson and Matt Johnson netted for the Urchins. Bowers & Pitsea had Quentin Monville, Lewis Manor and Bradley Warner to thanks for scoring their goals in a 3-0 victory over Letherhead at the Len Salmon Stadium.

Georgios Aresti and Anthony Mcdonald found the net as Haringey Borough saw off Bognor Regis by the odd goal in three. But it was a disappointing afternoon for East Thurrock United who went down by a goal to nil against Cray Wanderers at the Grayers Graphics Stadium – Rhys Murrell-Williamson netting for the Kent club

BetVictor Isthmian League North Division

Maldon & Tiptree are eight points clear at the top following a 2-1 win at Grays Athletic. Conor Hubble netted from the spot and Jorome Slew added a second before the break – Nathan Fox pulled one back in the final minute for the home side who had Lewis Clark sent-off.

Title rivals, Heybridge Swifts and Aveley played out a 1-1 draw at the Aspen Waite Arena, Alex Teniola gave the Swifts a first-half lead. Connor Witherspoon equalising in the last minute for the Millers.

Coggeshall Town continues to chase a play-off place. Nnamdi Nwachuku bagged a brace while Aryton Coley was also on target in a 3-0 win over Hullbridge Sports. Great Wakering Rovers are also in contention after an impressive 3-0 win of their own at Bury Town – Connor Martin, Ayomikun Odukoya and Martin Tuohy with the villager’s goals.

Michael Finneran and George Woodward found the net in Canvey Island’s 2-2 draw with AFC Sudbury at the Frost Financial Stadium, while late goals from David Knight and Ola Ogunwamide confirmed a 2-0 win for Tilbury at Histon.

Adam Morgan scored twice from the penalty spot, while Carlos Djalo So and Louie Theophanous completed the scoring as Glen Tamplin’s Romford closed the gap at the bottom with an emphatic 4-1 success on the road at Soham Town Rangers. Brentwood Town are looking nervously over their collective shoulders after going down 2-0 at home to fellow strugglers, Felixstow & Walton United. Elsewhere, Witham Town were held to a 1-1 draw by Dereham Town – Liam Whipps on target for the Essex side.

Essex Senior League

League leaders, Saffron Walden Town, thrashed bottom of the table Sawbridgeworth Town by five unanswered goals at Crofters End. Steve Carvell and Oliver Fortune each scored twice for the winners – Gavin Cockman with the visitor’s other strike.

Walthamstow are second following a 3-0 win at Takeley, while fourth-placed Hadley beat Cockfosters by two goals to nil.

Stansted hammered Southend Manor 6-1 and there was a 3-0 triumph for St Margaretsbury at Tower Hamlets. Hoddesdon Town also took the points – a single goal enough to send Redbridge home pointless.

ProKit UK Essex Olympian League

Rayleigh Town were the Premier Division’s big winners, as Basildon Town were put to the sword by seven goals to one. Buckhurst Hill kept their title hopes alive with a resounding 4-0 win over Springfield.

Leigh Ramblers eased to a 3-0 win over Old Southendian, while Bishop’s Stortford Swifts stunned leaders Sungate with a 3-1 triumph. Canning Town’s clash with Harold Wood Athletic ended 1-1.

Division One leaders, Chingford Athletic, took another step towards the title with a 2-0 win over Toby. Old Chelmsfordians are second thanks to a 1-0 triumph against Ramsden Scotia, while Rayleigh Town Reserves edged out Shoebury Town by the odd goal in three – FC Hamleys and Galleywood ended 1-1.

Old Southendian Reserves closed the gap at the top of Division Two by beating Rochford Town 3-0. Beacon Hill Rovers claimed a single-goal triumph at Harold Wood Athletic Reserves, while, Corinthian won 3-1 at Epping Town. Wakering Sports are also three points better off after AS Rawreth were beaten 3-2 at Cupids.

Division Three leaders ACD United remain on course after a 3-1 win over Toby’s second string. Plenty of goals elsewhere as Hutton Reserves beat their Basildon Town counterparts 6-3 and Collier Row won 5-3 at Hullbridge Sports ‘A’ – Corinthian seconds took the points with a 3-2 win over Lakeside Reserves.

In Division Four, Catholic United Reserves edged out Wakering Sports Reserves by two goals to one. Forest Glade won by the same margin at Galleywod Reserves, while two unanswered goals from Shenfield AFC Reserves sent Old Chlesfordians Reserves home empty-handed. Leytonstone United won their derby at Canning Town seconds by a goal to nill.

Springfield Reserves missed an opportunity to close the gap at the top of Division Five after going down 3-1 at home to Newbury Forest Reserves. Collier Row Reserves were too strong for Wakering Sports Development – winning 2-0, while Roydon Reserves won an entertaining encounter with Leigh Ramblers Reserves 4-2. Another decent encounter saw Shoebury Town Reserves and Old Barkabbeyans share six goals.

Essex Premier Cup

Ongar Town progressed with a notable 3-1 win at Grays Athletic Reserves.

Brian Jeeves

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