Non-League Round-Up…

Vanarama National League

Woking moved five points clear of the drop zone as two last-gasp goals by Kevin Berkow and substitute Jayden Lukerto saw the Cards through to a battling 3-2 victory over Dagenham & Redbridge at the Laithwaite Community Stadium.

Jermaine Anderson gave Woking the lead in the fifth minute only for Ryan Hill to restore parity five minutes later. The hosts fought back heroically to take a 3-1 lead in the final few minutes and although substitute Conor Lawless netted deep into stoppage time, it was no more than a consolation for the Daggers.  

Vanarama National League North

Long-relegated Bishop’s Stortford were thrashed 7-0 at South Shields, the latest reverse being Blues thirty-fifth defeat of a disastrous season. A hat-trick from Paul Blackett, two from Dylan Stephenson and one apiece from Rob Briggs and Aaron Martin saw the Mariners through to the win.

Vanarama National League South

Tom Blackwell’s seventieth-minute strike secured Braintree Town’s 1-0 win at Weston-super-Mare as third-placed Iron mathematically confirmed their place at the end of season play-offs.

Second-placed Chelmsford City failed to capitalise on Yeovil Town’s 3-1 home loss to Worthing after a 1-1 draw against Slough Town at Melbourne Park. Slough had a chance to take the lead early on, only for Claret’s keeper Henry Gray to deny Johnny Goddard from the spot.  

Chelmsford went 1-0 up in the fifty-fourth minute with George Alexander successfully converting his penalty before later being sent off – along with teammate Josh Jackman, to reduce Clarets down to nine men. 

Trae Cook-Appiah’s equaliser clinched a point for the Rebels in the eighty-ninth minute.    

Ten-man Aveley, who had Jason Ring sent off, shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw at Truro Town. The hosts opened the scoring through Dan Sullivan in the tenth minute only for Frankie Terry to net the Millers’ equaliser just seconds later.  

Pitching-In Isthmian League Premier Division

Hornchurch clinched the Isthmian Premier Division title with a dramatic 2-1 win over ten-man Chatham Town, who had Khale De Costa sent off, at Bridge Road. Femi Akinwande fired the Urchins into the lead just after the hour mark only for Rowan Liburd to draw the Chats level in the eighty-eighth minute.

With the game looking to be heading towards the draw, in the fourth minute of stoppage time Liam Nash fired home into the top corner of Mitch Beeney’s net to clinch victory – and the championship – for Daryl McMahon’s side in the most dramatic fashion.

A stunning hat-trick by Bradley Stevenson and further goals by Moses Emmanuel (2) and Reuben Soares Junior saw Billericay Town through to a 6-0 win at Haringey Borough – whose relegation to Step 4 was confirmed by the result. 

Concord Rangers, who had both Harrison Day and Simon Omope sent off slipped ever closer to what would appear to be an almost certain second successive relegation, following a 2-0 home defeat to Wingate & Finchley. Ruben Carvalho netted both goals for the Blues.

Hashtag United recorded their third victory in successive matches to keep their faint play-off hopes alive with a 3-1 win over Cray Wanderers at Hayes Lane. Sakariya Hassan, Luke May-Parrott and Pedro Calvalho were Tags scorers whilst Tom Bonner slotted home for Cray.  

 Pitching-In Isthmian League North

Fifth-placed Brentwood Town, with goals from Romel Aarons Royal, Wyan Reid and Mekki McKenzie secured a 3-1 victory over lowly Grays Athletic, for whom Matas Skoma was on target in the fifty-eighth minute.  

TQ Addy’s fifty-first-minute spot kick proved to be the winner as Bowers & Pitsea continued to keep their play-off aspirations on track with a 1-0 victory over Enfield at the Len Salmon Stadium. 

Louis Arnold’s eighty-fourth-minute goal proved to be the winner as Bury Town defeated Maldon & Tiptree 1-0 at Ram Meadow.

Karl Fletcher and Teddy Collis both scored hat-tricks and Marley Andrews was also on target in Brightlingsea Regent’s 7-0 thrashing of Ipswich Wanderers at the SEH Sports Ground.    

Goals from Michael Barek, Jared Small and sub-Kymani Thomas saw Walthamstow through to a 3-0 win at Stowmarket Town.

Heybridge Swifts and Redbridge shared the spoils in a 0-0 stalemate at Scraley Road.

Witham Town went down to a 2-1 home defeat to runaway leaders Lowestoft Town. Louis McIntosh opened the scoring for the visitors from the spot in the thirty-fifth minute before Archie McFadden equalised five minutes later. Luke Reed’s goal clinched the Trawler Boy’s win five minutes after the break. 

Basildon United, with goals from the penalty spot by both Ramiah Mills and Samir Ali and Reuben Bartlett-Antwi in open play, drew 3-3 at Gorleston, for whom George Keys, Jacek Zielonka and Alby Matthews were all on target.    

Essex Senior League Premier Division

Runaway league leaders Tilbury went down to a 3-2 defeat to closest rivals Woodford Town at Chadfields. Sam Carter and Oliver Spooner netted for the Dockers, who despite the loss remain ten points clear at the top of the table. 

FC Clacton, who had Emmanuel Ikwuegbu sent off, drew 0-0 with Sporting Bengal United at the Austin Arena.

Kai Haysman netted the winner for Frenford in their 1-0 victory over Hullbridge Sports.

Saffron Walden, with goals from Tom Head and Stan Leech, drew 2-2 with Halstead Town for whom both Kane Gilbert and Harry Pinkney were on target at Catons Lane. 

West Essex shared the spoils with already relegated Coggeshall Town in a 3-3 draw at Wadham Lodge. Ike Okwusogu (2) and Zak Oliver were on target for West Essex with Alfie Gilby, Reggie Gregory and Roy Stevens netting for the Seed Growers.

Luke James enjoyed a mixed afternoon at the Sirona Medical Arena, scoring twice for Barking before being sent off just before the break in their 2-2 draw at Takeley – for whom Louis Hiobi and Kieran Southgate were the scorers.

In the Friday night game at the Lawtech Stadium, Ilford ran out 2-1 winners over Athletic Newham, for whom Andrew Greenslade was the goal scorer.   

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League leaders Old Southendian drew 2-2 against Sungate at Garon Park, with Robbie Farrell and James Smith netting for the visitors.

Second-place Rayleigh Town shared a goalless draw at Old Chelmsfordians and remain four points behind Old Southendians – with three games in hand. 

Harold Wood Athletic were runaway 5-0 winners at Kelvedon Hatch, with Billy Reed, Freddy Shepherd, Laurie Walters, Brandon Wood and sub-Bobby Bailey all on target.

Catholic United scooped the points with a 1-0 victory over Springfield at Springfield Hall Park.

Leigh Ramblers went down to a 2-1 defeat against Shenfield Association at Belfairs Park. Ethan Rogers and Elliott Thompson netted for the visitors with Luis Bracci scoring Leigh’s goal.

Runwell Sports, who had Sam Harrington sent off, ran out 5-2 winners over Bishop’s Stortford Swifts at Runwell Sports & Social Club with Luke Wilson’s hat-trick and further goals from Kacper Gruszczynski and Sam Dullieu seeing Sports through to the three points. Ebraima Davies and Hayes Thomas netted for Swifts.

Isuzu FA Vase Semi-Finals

Following a tightly contested goalless second leg of their Isuzu FA Vase Semi-Finals at Lincoln United and with the game tied at 2-2 on aggregate, Essex Senior League Romford held their nerve to win a nail-biting penalty shoot-out 10-9 with substitute Jamie Hursit netting the twenty-fourth spot-kick of the afternoon to send the Boro to Wembley on May 11.

Elliott Hartley came off the bench to net Worcester City’s seventy-seventh-minute winner in the 1-0 victory over Great Wakering Rovers in the first leg of their Isuzu FA Vase Semi-Final at Sixways Stadium. 

The result extended the Hellenic League club’s winning run to twenty-three matches. The two sides meet again in the second leg of the competition at Burroughs Park next Saturday (3pm).