Non-league round-up: Daggers eyeing a promotion push

National League

DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE extended their unbeaten National League sequence to seven matches with an impressive 3-1 success over fellow promotion-hopefuls, Hartlepool United, at Victoria Road.

Joe Quigley handed the Daggers an advantage midway through the opening period. Then Angelo Balanta doubled the home sides money twenty-minutes from time.

Ryan Donaldson appeared to have given Hartlepool hope, however, it was short-lived as Quigley netted his second and Dagenham’s third to confirm the victory, sending the east Londoners five places up the table to fifth in the process.

National League South

BRAINTREE TOWN continued their decent start to the season with a 3-1 win at Havant & Waterlooville. Femi Akinwande bagged a brace for the Iron, while Tom Richardson was also on target – Earlier, Brad Tarbuck had pulled the Hawks level – Braintree now sits amongst the play-off contenders in sixth.

BILLERICAY TOWN are now just behind Braintree on goal difference. The Blues played out an entertaining 2-2 draw at Oxford City. Nevertheless, Billericay will be kicking themselves not to have taken all three points. Jake Robinson scored twice as they raced into a 2-0 lead only for McEachran and Self to rescue a point for the hosts.

CONCORD RANGERS slipped to a 2-0 defeat to Dartford at the Aspect Arena. Sheringham and Flisher doing the damage for the Kent club inside the opening half an hour. Meanwhile, CHELMSFORD CITY and Chippenham Town shared six goals at the Melbourne Community Stadium.

Anthony Church, Sam Higgins and Shaun Jeffers netted for the Clarets, who battled back after trailing 3-1 with thirteen minutes remaining.

BetVictor Isthmian League Premier Division

HORNCHURCH continue to look like serious title contenders after recording a rousing 4-1 success at Carshalton Athletic. George Saunders
Lewwis Spence, Chris Dickson and Daniel Uchechi were all on target – the Urchins now in second place, three points behind the leaders, Folkestone Invicta.

Danny Harris, Ayodeji Olukoga and Alex Clark all found the net as EAST THURROCK UNITED eased to a 3-0 win over Bognor Regis Town to stay amongst the leading pack. Meanwhile, BOWERS & PITSEA took a hard-earned point from their goalless encounter at Kingstonian.

Elsewhere, it proved to be a tough afternoon for BRIGHTLINGSEA REGENT, who were thrashed 4-0 at home by Horsham.

BetVictor Isthmian League North

MALDON & TIPTREE lead the way following a comfortable 3-0 success over BASILDON UNITED at the Wallace Binder Stadium. Charlee Hughes,
Tyrique Hyde and Jorome Slew amongst the goals for the Jammers.

COGGESHALL TOWN are second – Conor Hubble, Ross Wall and Michael Gyasi helping the Seedgrowers see off CANVEY ISLAND by three goals to one. Joseph Oluwatobiloba had given the Gulls a first-minute lead – they slip to sixth.

GREAT WAKERING ROVERS are now in with the play-off contenders. The villagers thrashed ROMFORD 4-1 on their travels – Jack Stevenson, Jake Gordon, Adalberto Pinto and Martin Tuohy with the goals.

Luke Hornsley and Timothy Monsheju scored for HULLBRIDGE SPORTS in a 2-0 success over AFC Sudbury at Lower Road, while Joao Carlos,
Lewis Clark and Tony Stokes ensured GRAYS ATHLETIC a dramatic 3-2 triumph over Soham Town Rangers.

TILBURY and AVELEY shared the spoils following a 1-1 draw. Lewis Smith scoring for the Dockers on the stroke of half-time – George Allen responding for the Millers just after the hour.

Essex Senior League

WOODFORD TOWN got the ball rolling with an emphatic 5-0 win over SOUTHEND MANOR on Friday evening. Temi Babalola, Georges Kebi, Joshua Steele, Nekrarious Varouxakis and Marcus Painter completing the rout in favour of the east Londoners.

HADLEY proved to be the big winners of the weekend, hammering SAWBRIDGEWORTH TOWN by six unanswered goals. Edward Clarke snatched a hat-trick, while Emmanuel Hammond and Solomon Oforo (2) sent the home crowd home happy. SPORTING BENGAL UNITED were also amongst the goals, sinking ILFORD 4-0 at the Mile End Stadium.

Buildbase FA Vase Second Qualifying Round

FRENFORD made FA Vase progression with a 3-2 win over HASHTAG UNITED at the Len Salmon Stadium. Luke Woodward and two stoppage-time goals from Ian Sawyer confirmed the win. Jesse Lassen and George Smith had given Hashtag a 2-1 advantage.

FC CLACTON ended REDBRIDGE’S Vase dream with a 4-1 success, while in a derby clash, ENFIELD edged out ENFIELD BOROUGH by the odd goal in three.

ProKit UK Essex Olympian League

Selected action from the Premier Division saw BASILDON TOWN win 4-2 at BISHOP’S STORTFORD SWIFTS. Keith King, Jimmy Markham, Daley Grant and Sam Green with the Town goals.

KELVEDON HATCH were 3-1 winners over OLD SOUTHENDIAN, while HAROLD WOOD ATHLETIC edged out CANNING TOWN by two goals to nil at Harold View.

RAYLEIGH TOWN picked up the points with a 3-1 success at SHENFIELD AFC, while LEIGH RAMBLERS and SUNGATE drew 2-2.

LAKESIDE won the only Division One game of the day by two goals to one at TOBY FC. Meanwhile, MAY & BAKER EASTBROOK COMMUNITY RESERVES produced the performance of the day in Division Two by annihilating AS RAWRETH 10-2. EPPING TOWN looked in good shape, winning 5-0 at OLD SOUTHENDIAN RESERVES.

In Division Three, COLLIER ROW saw off BUCKHURST HILL RESERVES, 4-1, while in Division Four, CHINGFORD ATHLETIC DEVELOPEMINT hit six without reply at LEYTONSTONE UNITED.


Brian Jeeves