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Emirates FA Cup first round
MALDON & TIPTREE provided the weekend’s biggest FA Cup shock with a stunning 2-1 victory over Sky Bet League Two side, Leyton Orient, at The Breyer Group Stadium.
Danny Parish – later to be sent-off – and Jorome Slew netted for the Jammers. James Dayton’s strike gave the O’s hope, but it was the BetVictor Isthmian League North side who progressed, much to the delight of their sizable following (See Rowland Lyons’ report and reaction here: https://yellowad.co.uk/os-bettered-by-ten-man-maldon-tiptree-in-fa-cup-shock/).
Billericay Town’s FA Cup adventure was brought to a conclusion by League Two leaders, Forest Green Rovers. Joseph Mills bagged a brace, while Mathew Stevens and Liam Shephard saw the New Lawn club through by four goals to nil.
Buildbase FA Trophy second qualifying round
Hornchurch progressed with a comfortable 6-1 victory over Basildon United at Gardiners Close. Charlie Stimson hit a hat-trick for the Urchins – Marvin Morgan, Daniel Uchechi and Lewwis Spence completed the scoring for the visitors. Ernest Okoh handed those of a Basildon persuasion amongst the 163 crowd a crumb of comfort with the Bees goal.
Haringey Borough went through after a 2-1 win over Canvey Island at Coles Park. Anthos Solomou and Dimitri Froxylias found the net for the home side – Kane Gilbert responding for the Gulls.
Vanarama National League
Dagenham & Redbridge lost further ground on those occupying National League play-off places following a late defeat at Stockport County.
The Edgeley Park club took all three points thanks to a last-minute goal from Nyal Bell. The result leaves the Daggers in fifteenth place, five points off the top seven.
Vanarama National League South
Braintree Town was in sparking National South form, winning at Hemel Hampstead Town by three unanswered goals. Jason Banton, Ade Cole and Jack James with the all-important strikes at Vauxhall Road.
Chelmsford City played out an exciting 2-2 draw with Dorking Wanderers at the Melbourn Community Stadium. Sam Higgins handed the Clarets a first-half lead, however, Wanderers hit back through Beard and Richards – Shaun Jeffers salvaged a point for the hosts four minutes from time.
The Clarets also released a statement via their official website that the club was not for sale following an approach from former Billericay Town owner, Glenn Tamplin.
Elsewhere in the National South, Concord Rangers slipped to a 3-1 defeat at Bath City – Decarrey Sheriff on target for the Beach Boys.
Bet Victor Isthmian League Premier Division
It proved to be a tough afternoon for Bowers & Pitsea, who crashed 4-0 at league leaders, Horsham. Chris Smith, Dylan Merchant and a Chris Smith brace completing the rout. Meanwhile, Olly Miles late strike proved to be scant consolation for Bishop’s Stortford as they went down 3-1 to Corinthian-Casual
Bet Victor Isthmian League North Division
A penalty from Jake Gordon shortly before the break ensured Great Wakering Rovers a narrow 1-0 win at Soham Town Rangers. Alex Teniola hit a hat-trick, while Evans Kouassi and Odei Martin-Sorondo were also on target as Heybridge Swifts beat Romford 5-1 – Warren Kayembe with the East Londoners reply.
Brian Moses gave Tilbury the lead at Coggeshall Town. However, the Dockers had to be content with a share of the spoils after a late own-goal from Ryan Mallett provided an outcome of 1-1. Marcus Bowers was Witham Town’s target man against Cambridge City, but t was the visitors who left with the points after a 2-1 success.
Essex Senior League
There were plenty of goals in the ESL with Hadley leading the way, hitting eight without reply past out of sorts Clapton.
League leaders, Hashtag United, were 5-2 winners over Enfield, while Cockfosters won by four goals to nil at Southend Manor. Stansted edged our Hoddesdon Town by the odd goal in five and Tower Hamlets recorded the same margin of victory over West Essex.
There was a 2-0 win on the road for St Margaretsbury against Ilford at the Cricklefield Stadium, while Takeley took the honours with a 2-1 success over Sporting Bengal United. A crowd of 35 turned out to see Walthamstow and Saffron Walden Town play out the only goalless encounter of the day.
ProKit UK Essex Olympian League
Old Southendian recorded a vital Premier Division victory over Bishop’s Stortford Swifts at Garon Park. Ryan Stillwell, Nick Hennessey and Craig Paton finding the net to ease the Old Boys relegation worries.
Harold Wood Athletic won 3-1 at Rayleigh Town, while Springfield won a barnstormer at Kelvedon Hatch by three goals to two. Shenfield AFC also picked up maximum points, winning by a single goal at Leigh Ramblers.
Galleywood won a thrilling Division One encounter with Shoebury Town 5-3 – Old Chelmsfordians also hit five, beating Snaresbrook 5-2. Rayleigh Town Reserves were 4-3 victors at Herongate Athletic, while Runwell Sports thrashed Toby FA 4-0. Ongar Town took the points with a 2-1 win over FC Hamlets.
Epping Town’s 5-0 win at May & Baker Eastbrook Community Reserves was the highlight in Division Two. AS Rawreth won 5-1 at Westhamians, while Leigh Town edged out Laindon Orient by a goal to nil. Old Southendian’s second string were 3-1 winners at Rochford Town. Elsewhere, Ryan and Wakering Sports produced a pulsating 3-3 draw.
In Division Three, ACD United saw off Hullbridge Sports ‘A’ by three goals to nil. Chingford Athletic Development were 4-2 winners at Canning Town Reserves in an entertaining Division Four clash. Leigh Ramblers Reserves were 5-0 winner at Wakering Sports ‘A’ in a one-sided Division Five fixture.
Essex Junior Cup
Corinthian Reserves made emphatic cup progress with a 7-0 thrashing of their Newbury Forest counterparts. Wakering Sports Reserves beat Old Southendian ‘A’ 4-0, while Collier Row won a seven-gaol thriller at Wakebury by four goals to three.
Buckhurst Hill Reserves went through with a tight 1-0 success over Aveley’s under 23’s – Basildon Town Reserves are also in the hat following a 3-1 triumph over Ongar Town’s seconds.