Non-League Round-Up…

Vanarama National League

Despite Southend United leading twice, the Blues went down 3-2 to Hartlepool United at Roots Hall, their second defeat in successive games. 

Jack Bridge gave them the lead in the fourth minute before Tom Crawford’s twenty-five-yard strike into the bottom right-hand corner of the net drew the visitors level. Gus Scott Morris headed home Callum Powell’s cross in the fifty-second minute before Joe Gray equalised from close range with Charlie Seaman netting Pools’ winner near the end. 

Reece Smith netted Maidenhead United’s winner in their 1-0 victory over Dagenham & Redbridge, who dropped to the bottom of the table following the defeat.  

There were worrying scenes at the end when Daggers’ Inih Effiong was treated by physios and medical staff as the players were leaving the pitch and had to be taken to hospital in an ambulance.  

The latest statement from Dagenham & Redbridge reported that the striker was “now feeling much better and sitting up in bed”.    

Vanarama National League South

Braintree Town shared the spoils with Dover Athletic in a 1-1 draw at the Crabble. Skipper Kyran Clements headed the Iron into the lead after just four minutes before former Southend United midfielder James Dunne drew the Whites level from the penalty spot just before the half-hour mark.

Goals from Jon Benton and Eduino Vaz saw Aveley through to a 2-1 win at Woodside Road as the Millers brought Worthing’s one hundred per cent record to an abrupt end. The hosts pulled one back through Joan Luque before Ollie Pearce hit the crossbar near the close, but Aveley held on to take the points.

Chelmsford City kept up their unbeaten record with a 1-1 draw against Havant & Waterlooville in an incident-packed match. 

The Clarets were awarded an early penalty when Dave Winfield was pushed by Roarie Deacon only for Ross Worner to save the resultant spot kick from Samir Carruthers.  

Havant took the lead in first-half stoppage time when Mo Faal expertly lobbed Josh Oluwayemi before Mo Bettamer equalised ten minutes from the end. 

Hawks centre-back Brendan Wilson was sent off following his second yellow card of the match and it was a busy afternoon indeed for the referee, who booked seven players and two coaches across both the sides.

Pitching-In Isthmian League Premier

Aaron Lamont’s eighty-sixth-minute equaliser saw Carshalton Athletic bring Hornchurch’s 100% record to an end at Hornchurch Stadium in a 1-1 draw after Aaron Nash had put the Urchins in from in first-half stoppage time.

Concord Rangers fell to their third defeat in three games following a 2-1 loss to Margate at Thames Road. The Beach Boys were 2-0 down after just nine minutes with Sam Blackman and Steve Cawley netting for the visitors. Harrison Day pulled one back for Concord in first-half stoppage time, but Margate held on to take the points.

Moses Emmanuel’s header just after the half-hour mark proved to be the difference as Billericay Town made it three wins out of three with a 1-0 win at struggling Cray Wanderers.

Hashtag United and Bognor Regis Town played out a 0-0 stalemate at Nyewood Lane where the Rocks had Kieron Douglas sent off near the end after being shown a second yellow card.

Haringey Borough lost their third straight game in a row as Horsham took the points with a 2-0 win at the CVS Stadium with first-half goals by Kadell Daniel and Jack Mazzone.

Canvey Island went down 2-1 at Kingstonian, for whom substitute Darnell Goather- Braithwaite netted the winner deep into stoppage time at the end of the match. Eddie Dsane had given K’s the lead after only two minutes before Charlie Edwards headed the Gulls’ equaliser in the seventy-third minute.

ProKit UK Essex Olympian Football League

Bishop’s Stortford Swifts drew 2-2 against Canning Town at Silver Leys with Jordan Robertson and Lewis Watson scoring Swifts goals.

Catholic United, with goals from Aaron Baldwin and Franklin Craik, were 2-0 winners over Old Southendian at the Len Forge Centre.

Substitute Jamie Philbrick scored twice and Owen Barratt & Gianni Frankis were also on target in Rayleigh Town’s 4-0 win at Runwell Sports.

Luis Bracci and substitute Matt Allum were Leigh Ramblers scorers in their 2-1 win at Shenfield Association.

Old Chelmsfordians enjoyed a fine 3-1 away win over Springfield at Springfield Hall Park. Matthew Crick (2) and Charlie Portway netted for the visitors.

Jake Willis (2) Scott Truman, Raphael Gomba and Akiljo Balliu were all on target for Sungate in their 5-0 win over Kelvedon Hatch.

Toby with goals from Rhys Wilson (2) Wesley Wade and Jamie Simpkins beat Harold Wood 4-3 in an end-to-end game at Nursery Sports Ground with Joseph Linley, James Pottle and sub-Perry Robinson netting for the visitors.