Non-League Round-Up…

Vanarama National League South

Braintree Town sealed their place in the Vanarama National League South play-off final against Worthing on Bank Holiday Monday following a pulsating 3-2 extra-time win over local rivals Chelmsford City at Melbourne Park.

Leon Davies and Freddie Sears fired the Iron into a 2-0 lead before Jermaine Francis pulled one back in the last minute and George Alexander dramatically drew proceedings level two minutes into stoppage time. Substitute, Jayden Davis’s deflected effort made it 3-2 in the ninetieth minute to clinch the win for Braintree.          

Pitching-In Isthmian League Premier Division

Isthmian League champions Hornchurch concluded their campaign with a 2-1 victory over bottom-of-the-table Kingstonian – a win that saw the Urchins reach one hundred points for the season.  Mauro Da Silva Vilhete and Liam Nash were on target for Hornchurch with Eddie Dsane netting K’s goal. 

In a game of few scoring opportunities, Canvey Island and Hastings United shared the spoils in a 0-0 draw at the Moviestarr Stadium.

Relegated Concord Rangers were defeated 2-0 by Horsham at the Camping World Community Stadium, with Jack Mazzone and Jack Brivio scoring for the Hornets inside the first half hour. 

Former Peterborough United and Gillingham midfielder Chris Whelpdale netted twice with Kalvin Lumbombo and Marcus Sadlier also on target as Lewes overcame relegated Haringey Borough 4-0 at Coles Park.

Hashtag United and Cheshunt drew 3-3 at the Len Salmon Stadium with the visitors having led 2-0 and then 3-1 as the Tags – for whom Alex Teniola netted twice – came back to claim a late point after Luke May-Parrott’s stoppage-time equaliser. 

Billericay defeated Margate 5-3 at the AGP Arena – a result that confirmed relegation for the Gate.  After Blues keeper Dan Wilks saved Steve Cawley’s penalty early on, goals by Bradley Stevenson (2) Alfie Cerulli, Alfie Peters and Richard Asamoah put Billericay 5-0 up within the first hour before Mohamad Kamara, Ben Greenhalgh and Vinnie Bowman scored for the visitors near the end.  

Pitching-In Isthmian League North

Two goals by Ryan Hawkins saw Wroxham through to a 2-0 win over promotion-chasing Bowers & Pitsea at Trafford Park.

Redbridge went down to a 2-1 home defeat to league runners-up Bury Town.  Solomon Ogunwomoju put the Motormen 1-0 up in the eighth minute before second-half goals by Ollie Canfer and Cemal Ramadan clinched the win for the Blues.    

Goalkeeper Lewis Greene was sent off as Brightlingsea Regent went down 1-0 to Gorleston with Luke Johnson netting from the spot just after the half-hour mark.

Heybridge Swifts took the points in a 2-1 win over Basildon United at the Stuart Bingham Stadium.  Kye Jude’s own goal put Steve Tilson’s side one up just before half-time before Samir Ali restored parity in the seventy-third minute and Kieran Jones netted Swift’s winner ten minutes before the end.  

Promotion-chasing Brentwood Town scooped the points with a 2-1 win at champions Lowestoft Town with Andrew Freeman putting Blues 1-0 up in the seventeenth minute before Jake Reed equalised shortly before the break. Mekhi McKenzie pounced on a poor back pass to fire home in the seventy-sixth minute to win the game for Brentwood.

Grays Athletic clinched a late 3-2 victory over Ipswich Wanderers at Chadfields.  Charlie Stimson gave Grays the lead from the spot in the third minute before hitting a second just before the half-hour mark.  Jamie Eaton-Collins and Jamal Goodward restored parity for the Wanderers before sub-Jack Wilson netted the Grays’ winner three minutes before the end.

Despite goals by George Smith, Matt Yates and Louis Britton putting Maldon & Tiptree 3-0 after thirty-five minutes, Witham Town completed an amazing second-half turnaround with Andrew Sesay netting in stoppage time to clinch the points in a 4-3 win at the Wallace Binder Stadium.  Josh Osude (2) and Jayden Randell (own goal) were also on target for Town.  

Essex Senior League Football League

Woodford Town clinched second place with a 4-2 win at Ilford, with Marco Protic (2) Khali Mead and David Gokou all on the scoresheet.

Goals by Joel Older (2) and Kane Gilbert saw Halstead Town through to a 3-1 win over Romford at Rookery Hill.  Sam Deering hitting the Boro’s goal.

Barking, with goals by Declan Nche, Kenedi Dariri and Jack Dickinson, took the points in a 3-0 win over FC Clacton at the Austin Arena.

Stanway Rovers overcame Athletic Newham 5-0 with Joe Debell (2) Harry Thomas (2) and Freddy Cooper all on target.

Buckhurst Hill defeated Hullbridge Sports 2-1 – with Oscar Onuorah scoring for Sports.

Great Wakering Rovers took the points in a 3-0 win at Coggeshall Town with goals from Ben Search, Harry Talbot and substitute Caiden Imbert-Thomas.

Despite trailing 3-0 to a Meshack Asuka hat-trick, Sporting Bengal United turned the game round completely to take the points with Tanvir Ahmed (2) Joe Gregory, Dan Pepple and Abdulai Sarr all scoring in a thrilling 5-3 win at White Ensign.

Despite leading 2-0 going into stoppage time after Ryan Melaugh’s double, Saffron Walden Town saw the win snatched from them after both Jamal Obeng and Jordan Wescott netted in stoppage time to grab a point for Takeley in a 2-2 draw. 

In the Friday night game, Little Oakley – with goals by Jordi Papple, Daniel Rowe and Lewis Wood – overcame West Essex 3-1 at the Wadham Lodge Sports Ground.  Ike Okwusogu was West Essex’s goal scorer.  

ProKit UK Essex Olympian Football League

Two goals by Luke Williamson saw Shenfield Association through to a 2-1 win over leaders Rayleigh Town at St Martin’s School.  Charlie Little was on target for Town.

James Warder netted a hat-trick in Catholic United’s 5-3 victory over Toby for whom Harry Skitmore also scored a treble at the Len Forge Centre.

Third-place Sungate kept their title-winning aspirations on track with Solomon Asomah and Daniel Callaway both scoring in a 2-0 win over Leigh Ramblers.

Harold Wood Athletic, with goals by James Pottle, Billy Reed and Freddy Shepherd shared the points in a 3-3 draw with Old Southendian at Harold Wood Park.