Non-League Round-Up…

Vanarama National League

Southend United extended their unbeaten run to five games after a 1-1 draw against Oldham Athletic at Boundary Park. Nathan Sheron fired the Latics into the lead on the hour mark only for Afghanistan international Noor Husin to level for the Blues in the seventy-ninth minute. The point moves Southend up to twelfth place in the table.      

Dagenham & Redbridge took the points in a 3-1 win over play-off chasing Altrincham at the Chigwell Construction Stadium. With both teams converting from the spot before the break, Ryan Hill for Daggers and Regan Linney for the Robins, Josh Rees then made it 2-1 in the sixtieth minute before Harry Phipps – playing as a makeshift striker, sealed the win with Daggers third goal five minutes later.  

Vanarama National League North

Despite Bishop’s Stortford taking the lead in the fifty-seventh minute through Matt Haines, Warrington Town, with goals by Isaac Buckley-Richards and sub Matt Grivosti, came back to clinch a 2-1 win to inflict yet another defeat on bottom-of-the-table Blues, their twenty-seventh loss in thirty-four matches – a run that now leaves them twenty-one points from safety and all but mathematically certain of relegation.  

Vanarama National League South

Braintree Town’s seven-match winning streak came to an end, but the Iron extended their unbeaten run to ten games after a 2-2 draw at Welling United – with all four goals coming in the first half. Jack Burchell put the Wings one up just after the start before Aaron Blair equalised for Braintree in the thirty-seventh minute. 

On the stroke of half time, Dominic Odusanya was adjudged to have handled the ball in the area with Reece Grant stepping forward to fire home the resultant spot kick and put Welling 2-1 up before Iron themselves were awarded a penalty in stoppage time which Coulthirst converted with ease to make it 2-2.

Second-placed Chelmsford City stretched their unbeaten run to six matches with a 2-0 win over local rivals Aveley with goals from Cameron James and Jermaine Francis at Melbourne Park. The match proved to be an extremely bad-tempered affair with four red cards being handed out by referee Searle to Ryan Carr and Garrett Kelly of Aveley and Clarets’ skipper Dave Winfield & coach Danny Scopes.    

Pitching-In Isthmian League Premier Division

Three late goals, including two in stoppage time, saw the spoils shared in a 2-2 draw between Lewes and Canvey Island at the Dripping Pan. Rob Gondoh put Lewes 1-0 up just past the hour mark before Sam Higgins equalised for Canvey in the final minute of regular time.  

Jack Elliott headed home at the back post to restore the Rooks’ lead two minutes later before Higgins dramatically netted his second of the afternoon to grab a late point for the Gulls.

Hashtag United came through to clinch the points with a 4-2 win over local rivals Billericay Town at New Lodge. Sakariya Hassan put Tags 1-0 up in the fifty-fourth minute before Callum Jones equalised eight minutes later. Hashtag raced into a 4-1 lead with goals from Luke May-Parrott (2) and Jermaine Anderson before Alfie Cerulli netted a consolation in stoppage time. 

Pitching-In Isthmian League North

Fourth-place Brentwood Town cruised to a comfortable 3-0 win at New Salamis with goals from George Sykes (2) and Andrew Freeman.

A sixty-seventh-minute goal from Joao Rangel was enough to secure the three points for Wroxham in their 1-0 win over Maldon & Tiptree at Trafford Park.

Ten-man Heybridge Swifts, who saw Ben Sartain sent off after being shown two yellow cards, enjoyed an impressive 2-1 victory over league leaders Lowestoft Town at Scraley Road. Jack Adlington netted twice for Steve Tilson’s side with Travis Cole pulling one back for the Trawler Boys deep into stoppage time.      

Essex Senior League Premier Division

Despite finishing with nine men after both Junior Paul and Hassan Nalbant were sent off, Romford moved three points clear of Woodford Town in second place, with Nalbant and Ashaan Siddik netting in a 2-0 victory at Barking.  

A hat-trick by Daniel Rowe and a brace from Harry Mann saw Little Oakley take the points in a 5-0 win at bottom-of-the-table Coggeshall Town.

ProKit UK Essex Olympian Football League

Old Chelmsfordians drew 1-1 with Leigh Ramblers at Old Chelmsfordians Sports & Social Club with Jacob Meads netting in the final minute of the game to clinch a point for Ramblers. 

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