Out of sorts City continue to struggle

Non-league round-up

Vanarama National League South

Chelmsford City’s recent woes continued as visitors Bath City inflicted a fifth successive league defeat upon Robbie Simpson’s side.

Out of sorts City went down by four goals to three and now hover just two points above bottom of the table Braintree Town – Charlie Sherringham netted twice for the Clarets, while Ade Oluwo was also on target.

Concord Rangers looked set to record back-to-back league victories after Alex Wall and Lewis Simper fired them into a 2-0 lead against Eastbourne Borough at the Aspect Arena.

However, the Beach Boys had to be content with a share of the spoils after Charlie Lambert and former Chelmsford City man, Chris Whelpdale netted for the visitors. Despite the dropped points, Concord remains in fifteenth place.

Vanarama National League

Inconsistent Dagenham & Redbridge missed an opportunity to clamber further away from the dropzone after a first-half goal from skipper Jake Moult handed in-form Altrincham all three points at the Chigwell Construction Stadium.

Essex Senior League

Kristopher Newby’s goal on the cusp of half-time was enough for league leaders Hashtag United to see off Sawbridgeworth Town in front of a crowd of 170 at the Len Salmon Stadium.

Stansted are four points further back in second following a 1-0 win at Southend Manor, while third-placed Cockfosters thrashed Sporting Bengal United by four unanswered goal – Vincent Durrant, James Verney, Carl Mullings and George Beattie all on target.

Walthamstow edged out Redbridge by the odd goal in three – Callum Ibe and Dwade James doing the damage for the home side. However, Saffron Walden Town lost ground on the chasing pack after they were held to a 1-1 draw by battling Ilford at Catons Lane.

Enfield sneaked past Hoddesdon Town by a goal to nil at the ProKit Stadium, while Clapton remain on the bottom after going down 2-1 to St Margaretsbury.

ProKit UK Essex Olympian League

Premier Division
Hutton moved up to fourth after winning an entertaining encounter with Shenfield AFC by three goals to two at a chilly Polo Fields.

Division Two
Ryan FC pulled further clear of the dropzone after recording a 3-1 victory at May & Baker EC ‘A’. The home side remain tenth, while the winners move up to eighth

Division Three
Plenty of goals in Division Three, with table-topping ACD United leading the way with a 6-0 demolition on Leigh Town Reserves.

Manford Way Reserves wasn’t too far behind, sinking their Buckhurst Hill counterparts 5-1, while there was 2-0 home wins for Collier Row and Lakeside over Toby FC Reserves and Corinthians Reserves respectively.
Hutton’s second string picked up three points on the road, beating Wakebury by two goals to one.

Division Four
Catholic United Reserves extended their lead at the top of the table with an emphatic 6-1 success over Galleywood Reserves. Second-placed Hashtag United Development were held 4-4 by Leytonstone United.

Wakering Sports Reserves and Chingford Athletic Reserves played out a nine-goal thriller at Cupids, with the home side eventually prevailing 5-4. Elsewhere, Old Chelmsfordians Reserves and Canning Town Reserves shared the points following a 2-2 draw.

Division Five
It’s incredibly tight at the top of Division Five with four teams on thirteen points.

Shoebury Town Reserves lead the way on goal difference after a 4-4 draw at Runwell Sports Reserves. Wakering Sports ‘A’ made ground with a 2-1 success over Collier Row Reserves, while Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Reserves are also in the shake-up after a 5-2 triumph over Epping Town Reserves.

Essex Premier Cup
Selected highlights from the Essex Premier Cup saw Old Southendian Reserves win 5-1 at Walthamstow Reserves, while Rayleigh Town won a terrific tie at Epping Town by five goals to three.

Springfield progressed thanks to a 4-0 win at Canning Town and Catholic United joined them with a 4-3 win at Chingford Athletic. Buckhurst Hill are also in the hat following hard-fought 2-0 win at Wakering Sports.

Brian Jeeves

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