Vanarama National League
DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE emphatically returned to Vanarama National League winning ways with a 6-1 demolition of Aldershot Town at Victoria Road.
Peter Taylor’s men went into the game off the back of three successive defeats. However, the Daggers romped to victory with Reading loanee, Ben House, making his debut with a brace.
Manny Onariase, Joan Luque, Will Wright and Joe Quigley completed a satisfactory day for the East Londoners. Aldershot grabbed a consolation through Robbie Tinkler – Daggers move up to twelfth, three points off the play-off places.
Vanarama National League South
JAKE ROBINSON struck five minutes after half-time to earn Billericay Town a 1-0 victory over Dulwich Hamlet in front of a bumper Champion Hill crowd of 3,132.
Concord Rangers and Dorking Wanderers played out an entertaining 3-3 draw at the Aspect Arena. Danny Green fired the Beach Boys ahead from the penalty spot. However, the Canvey-based side found themselves 3-1 behind before Jack Cawley and Joel Nouble found the net in a dramatic fightback.
It proved to be a dark day for both Braintree Town and Chelmsford City. Both lost 6-2. Ade Cole and Femi Akinwande scored for the Iron who went down at Welling United, while Sam Higgins and Shaun Jeffers were on target for the Clarets as Oxford City plundered the points at the Melbourne Stadium.
BetVictor Isthmian League Premier Division
EAST THURROCK UNITED continued to press for a play-off place by recording a 3-0 victory over Leatherhead at Rookery Hill.
Frankie Merrifield scored twice, while Darren Foxley was also on target. This result leaves the Rocks in fifth place, two points behind Hornchurch who drew 1-1 with bottom of the table Corinthian-Casuals at Bridge Avenue. Nathaniel Pinney handed the Casuals a second-half advantage from the spot. Chris Dickson responded for the frustrated Urchins.
Haringey Borough edged out Bishop’s Stortford by the odd goal in three at Coles Park. Romoluwa Akinola and a last-minute penalty from Chiduben Onokwai secured the points – Jamie Cureton registering for the visitors.
Bowers & Pitsea continue to struggle. Reece Prestedge found the net of the stroke of half-time to earn visitors, Margate, all three points. Brightlingsea Regent are also in a relegation battle. A quickfire brace from Joseph Taylor helping Cray Wanderers to a 2-0 victory in North Essex.
BetVictor Isthmian League North Division
FA CUP giant-killers, Maldon & Tiptree, lost their one hundred per cent record as Histon claimed a share of the spoils. It could have been far worse for the Jammers – Lance Akins scored two minutes from time to earn a 1-1 draw.
Evans Kouassi and Toib Adeyemi were Heybridge Swifts’ goalscorers in a 2-1 win at Cambridge City, while Coggeshall Town remains in contention after a 3-2 success over Glenn Tamplin’s Romford. Ross Wall, Euin McKeown and Tevan Allen with the all-important strikes for the Seedgrowers, while Phil Roberts and Freddy Moncur responded for Romford in front of a bumper crowd of 524.
Alexander Akrofi bagged a hat-trick, while Jason Raad and George Sykes completed the scoring as Aveley thrashed Soham Town Rangers 6-1. Basildon United also picked up three points – Ernest Okoh with the only goal of the game shortly before the break as the Bees won at Tilbury.
Kojo Apenteng gave Great Wakering Rovers the lead against Canvey Island at Burroughs Park. However, Albert Levett levelled for the Gulls ten minutes from time. Witham Town also grabbed a point – Marcus Bowers with two and another from Scott Kemp in a 3-3 draw at AFC Sudbury. Elsewhere, Brentwood Town went down 5-2 at Dereham Town – Andrew Freeman and Connor Hogan with the Brentwood goals.
Essex Senior League
HASHTAG UNITED remain on course for the title after a 3-0 win at West Essex. Hadley were the big winners of the day, thrashing Ilford by seven unanswered goals, while Stansted was also in decent form, hammering Redbridge by six goals to one.
Walthamstow won 4-0 at Tower Hamlets, while Sawbridgeworth edged out Cockfosters 3-2.
ProKit UK Essex Olympian League
BUCKHURST HILL were 5-2 winners over Leigh Ramblers as they climbed to the top of the Premier Division. Previous occupants, Rayleigh Town, went down 2-1 at Bishop’s Stortford Swifts.
Hutton won 3-2 against Sungate, while Hutton and Old Southendian shared the spoils following a 1-1 draw.
Old Chelmsfordian hit seven without reply past Manford Way in Division One. Chingford Athletic were 4-0 winners at Snaresbrook, while a single goal was enough for Galleywood at Runwell Sports. Elsewhere, Shoebury Town and Toby played out a 2-2 draw.
Corinthians were the big winners of the day in Division Two – the Stambridge-based club walloping AS Rawreth 9-3. Laindon Orient beat Harold Wood Athletic Reserves 2-1, while Leigh Town edged out Wakering Sports 3-2.
Wakebury’s 5-2 win over Hutton’s second string was the highlight in Division Three. Meanwhile, in Division Four Galleywood Reserves eased to a 6-1 success over their Catholic United counterparts.
Herongate Athletic Reserves brought their shooting boots to leave Wakering Sports second on the wrong end of a 10-0 Division Five hammering.