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Essex Senior League
A late goal from Joshua Osude was enough for league leaders, Hashtag United, to see off fellow title hopefuls, Walthamstow, in a well-contested match at Kitchener Road.
A bumper crowd of 185 were present – Hashtag no sit two points clear of second-placed Saffron Walden Town who beat Takeley by three goals to two – Spike Bell, Charles Cole and George Pullen on target for the winners.
Hadley remain in the hunt after goals from Shehzad Anwar, Alfie Bartram and George Pullen was enough to sink St Margaretsbury 3-1. Meanwhile, Sporting Bengal United and Hoddesdon Town drew 1-1 – Curtley McIntosh hitting his 14th of the season for United – Isaac Marfo-Jacobs with the visitor’s goal in what was a tough encounter at the Mile End Stadium.
Redbridge beat West Essex by a single goal at Mayesbrook Park while struggling duo Southend Manor and Sawbridgeworth drew 1-1 at Southchurch Park. Enfield and Clapton ended goalless in another game between relegation-haunted clubs.
Vanarama National League
Dagenham & Redbridge continued to slide following a single-goal defeat against Chorley at Victory Park.
Alex Newby came up with the all-important strike shortly after the hour mark for the much-improved home side. Daggers are now sixteenth, seven points above the dropzone.
Vanarama National League South
It proved to be a tough afternoon for the regions National South clubs. Braintree Town went down by four unanswered goals to Hampton & Richmond Borough at Cressing Road, while Concord Rangers also came unstuck – the Beach Boys slipping 3-0 at league leaders, Wealdstone.
Chelmsford City had better fortunes – Shaun Jeffers scoring the Clarets goal in a 1-1 draw at St Albans City.
BetVictor Isthmian League
Bowers & Pitsea did their survival hopes the power of good with a fine 2-0 victory at Potters Bar Town. Bradley Warner bagged a brace for Bowers – they move up to seventeenth place.
Hornchurch were held to a goalless draw by Bognor Regis Town at Bridge Avenue, while George Bugg scored earlier on for Brightlingsea Regent as they were held 1-1 by Cheshunt in a feisty encounter which saw Regent goalkeeper, Charlie Turner and Cheshunt’s Ibrahim Diallo and Zack Newton all sent-off.
Meanwhile, Scott Mitchell and Dimitri Froxylias found the net for Haringey Borough who twice came from behind to draw 2-2 with Worthing.
BetVictor Isthmian League North Division
Alex Teniola scored an impressive hat-trick and Harrison Chatting added another as promotion-chasing Heybridge Swifts saw off fellow contenders, Great Wakering Rovers by four goals to two in a thoroughly entertaining encounter at the Aspen Waite Arena.
Jack Stevenson and Daniel Walker responded for the villagers in front of an enthusiastic crowd f 195.
Grays Athletic remain in touch after a 2-0 win over Hullbridge Sports. Joao Carlos and George Purcell with the Grays goals. Robert Harvey’s goal earned Coggeshall Town a share of the spoils against leaders, Bury Town. They too currently occupy a play-off berth.
Aveley are just outside the top five following a resounding 4-1 win at Cambridge City. Perry Dunn, George Sykes, Jason Raad and a Shad Ngandu penalty sufficient for the impressive Millers. Witham Town also won on the road as Scott Kemp and Brandon McCarthy secured a 2-1 triumph at Soham Town Rangers.
Basildon United edged out Brentwood Town by the odd goal in five. Harry Doyle, Ernest Okoh and Jimmy Cox on target for the New Towners, while Marcus Milner and Andrew Freeman responded for Brentwood. But it was a difficult afternoon for Canvey Island who went down 3-0 against Histon at the Frost Financial Stadium – Michael Finneran seeing red for the Gulls.
ProKit UK Essex Olympian League
Brodie Horne and Keith King were on target as Basildon Town snaffled the Premier Division points with a 2-0 success at Canning Town. Chris Muir and Nick Reynold hit the Harrold Wood Athletic goals in a 2-1 win at Leigh Ramblers. Meanwhile, Catholic United and Old Southendian drew 3-3 as did Springfield and Sungate.
In Division One, Chingford Athletic hammers Manford Way 6-2, while Lakeside were 6-3 winners over Toby FC. Shoebury Town and FC Hamlets shared the spoils following a hard-fought 1-1 draw.
Wakering Sports were the big winners of the day in Division Two, annihilating Ryan FC 9-0 at Cupids. Old Southendian Reserves won 3-0 against Beacon Hill Rovers at Garon Park, while Epping Town completed a whole year unbeaten at home with a 3-2 success over battling Rochford Town.
Wakebury won 3-1 at Leigh Town Reserves in Division Three – Charlie Little with a brace and Jack Smith adding a third. White Ensign’s second string also picked up maximum points after two goals from Zach Somerset-Butler and one from Ayodele Awosika sunk Lakeside Reserves at the Len Forge Centre.
Forest Glade and Chingford Athletic Development drew 1-1 in Division Four. It was also a case of honours even between the Reserve sides of Old Chelmsfordian and Catholic United – the final outcome, 2-2. Another thriller saw Ongar Town Reserves beat Canning Town Reserves 3-2.
Runwell Sports Reserves hit five without reply past Wakering Sports ‘A’ in Division Five. Meanwhile, Old Barkabbeyans won 3-0 against Newbury Forest seconds.
Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Reserves eased home 4-1 at Collier Row counterparts, while Roydon seconds won 3-1 at their Herongate Athletic counterparts.
Anagram Records Trophy
Buckhurst Hill’s 6-0 thrashing of Galleywodd was the highlight of the round. Max Nicholson and Fehinti Falola bot scored twice while Henry day and Nathan Sollosi completed the rout.