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Non-league round-up

Vanarama National League
Mitch Brundle struck the only goal of the game five minutes from time as Dagenham & Redbridge moved three points and three places above the Vanarama National League relegation zone following a 1-0 victory over Aldershot Town at the EBB Stadium.

Brundle was on hand to profit from Myles Weston’s toil, ensuring the Daggers bounced back following last weekend’s defeat at league leaders, Barrow.

Vanarama National League South
Connor Shields and a stoppage-time Ronnie Henry strike proved decisive as Billericay Town claimed the Essex derby honours against fellow strugglers, Braintree Town. Liam Smyth had levelled the contest with a superb dead-ball effort, but the Iron remain in trouble towards the wrong end of the table – Billericay move up to fifteenth.

Another big derby saw Chelmsford City and Concord Rangers share the spoils in front of an 839 crowd at the Melbourn Community Stadium.
Decarrey Sheriff handed the Beach Boys the lead from the spot following an incident which saw Chelmsford’s Troy Brown dismissed. However, the Canvey-based club was unable to make their numerical advantage count – Tom Wraight levelling for the Clarets shortly before the break.

BetVictor Isthmian League Premier Division
Jordan Clark salvaged a point for play-off hopefuls, Hornchurch, after Nathaniel Pinney’s penalty had given hosts, Corinthian-Casuals a twentieth-minute lead at King George’s Field.

Michael Ademiluyi and a late spot-kick from Chiduben Onokwai saw Haringey Borough turn the game on its head after James Baker had given hosts, Bishop’s Stortford an early advantage.

East Thurrock United went down by three unanswered goals at Leatherhead. It also proved to be a frustrating afternoon for bottom of the table Brightlingsea Regent, who couldn’t overcome Joseph Taylor’s early strike for Cray Wanderers.

Bowers & Pitsea were also beaten on the road. Elliott Reeves netting two minutes from time as Margate plundered the points.

BetVictor Isthmian League North Division
Maldon & Tiptree are fourteen points clear at the top after Jake Cass’s goal quarter of an hour from time sunk Histon. Meanwhile, Tilbury are up to second after a Thomas Barton brace and one from Brian Moses was enough for the Dockers to see off Basildon United by three goals to one. Khadhean Campbell had given the Bees an early lead Their misery was compounded by the sending off of substitute, Joseph Staunton – they remain second from bottom.

Heybridge Swifts lost ground after a goal on the hour from Luke Knight gave Cambridge City all three points. Aveley remain in the final play-off place after a Shad Ngandu penalty five minutes from time cancelled out Sam Mulready’s opener for Soham Town Rangers.

Great Wakering Rovers are still in the chasing pack for a top-five finish. Billy Johnson and Martin Tuohy with the villager’s goals in a 2-0 success over Canvey Island at Park Lane. Emmanuel Okunja and Mike Agboola scored late in the day as Hullbridge Sports snatched a point from an entertaining 2-2 draw at Bury Town.

Jack Edwards’ goal was insufficient for Brentwood Town, who went down 3-1 at home to Dereham Town. Grays Athletic also ended the day empty-handed after Felixstowe & Walton United won by the odd goal in three at Parkside. Former West Ham United man, Tony Stokes, with the Grays goal.

Essex Senior League
Walthamstow took the honours, winning by the odd goal in three at Saffron Walden Town as the top two went head-to-head at Catons Lane.

Connor Scully handed the Londoners a first-half lead before Julian Simon-Parsons restored parity three minutes after the interval. But Walthamstow were to close the gap to three points thanks to Tommy Fletcher’s winner – the game witnessed by a bumper 302 crowd.

Hadley took the individual goalscoring honours with a 7-0 demolition of West Essex. Sam Edwards, Cameron Ferguson and Emmanuel Hammond each bagged a brace for the winners – Yemi Buraimoh also on target.

Redbridge won 2-1 at bottom of the table Sawbridgeworth Town, while the game between Stansted and Enfield ended goalless. Tower Hamlet and Ilford also shared the spoils – the eventual outcome a 1-1 draw.

ProKit UK Essex Olympian League
It was another weekend of postponements due to waterlogged pitches. In the Premier Division, leaders, Sungate won by a goal to nil at Rayleigh Town, while Kelvedon Hatch were 3-2 winners at Harold Wood Athletic. Shenfield AFC had an easier afternoon, beating Springfield by five goals to two.

In Division One, Galleywood and FC Hamlets won by two unanswered goals at Ramsden Scotia and Toby FC respectively. Elsewhere, a Jody Reynolds strike sealed a 1-0 win for Lakeside over Runwell Sports.

Only two matches in Division Two. Corinthians won an entertaining encounter at May & Baker Eastbrook Community by four goals to two. Beacon Hill Rovers sank Wakering Sports 3-1.

Corinthian Reserves hit six without reply against their White Ensign counterparts in a one-sided Division Three clash. Lakeside seconds won 3-1 at Collier Row – the game between Wakebury and Toby Reserves ending 0-0.

Division Four leaders, Roydon, drew 1-1 at Canning Town Reserves. Chingford Athletic Development are a pint behind in second after a 4-2 success at Old Chelmsfordians Reserves. Leytonstone United continued to pull away from the bottom half of the table after a 2-0 triumph at Shenfield AFC Reserves.

Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Reserves are eleven points clear at the top of Division Five after a 4-0 win over Shoebury Town’s second string. Second-placed Springfield Reserves were held 2-2 by Roydon Reserves, while Runwell Sports Reserves were 1-0 winners over Newbury Forest Reserves.

Senior League Cup
Catholic United required only a single goal from Jay Nash to progress against Hutton at the Len Salmon Stadium.

Essex Premier Cup
Buckhurst Hill booked a place in the final following a thrilling encounter with Chingford Athletic. They held their nerve to win a penalty shootout 5-4 after their semi-final tie had finish all-square at 3-3 after extra-time.

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Brian Jeeves

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