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Non-league enthusiast, Peter Dudley, takes a look back at the midweek ESL action
Tuesday, September 29
Cockfosters 3-1 West Essex
Fosters are now the only side with a 100% record after they made it five wins from five to move three clear at the top after victory over West Essex at Chalk Lane.
Carl Mullings, fresh from his brace at the weekend, netted the opener on 18 minutes to give the hosts the lead, but Michael Mignot levelled a minute before half time to send the sides in all square at the break. Ryan Wade then slotted home five minutes into the second period after a mistake at the back, and then the hosts sealed the points midway through the second period when another error allowed Wade to latch onto the ball and slot home for his brace. Defeat for West their second on the spin, sees them drop to ninth
Redbridge 4-0 Enfield
It’s two wins from two for new boss George Christou as his side thumped Enfield at Oakside.
Craig Hall gave the hosts a fourth-minute lead before Aboishchur Farah doubled that lead in the 17th minute, Hall then added his second and The Motormen’s third early on in the second period before he completed his hat-trick with twenty minutes remaining and cap another decent win for the hosts.
Redbridge are up to eighth now whilst Enfield remains the second bottom without a win in five games and four defeats
Saffron Walden Town 6-1 Clapton
Walden netted their second win of the season after thumping six past Clapton at Catons Lane.
Gavin Cockman netted the opener for the hosts midway through the first period before Steve Carvell doubled the host’s advantage five minutes later. The Tons gave themselves brief hope of a comeback when netting early in the second period but an own goal midway through the second half restored The Bloods two-goal cushion.
Craig Calver then netted with thirteen minutes left before he netted again four minutes later to make it five, and then Alfie Hilton netted Walden’s sixth in the 90th minute to complete another big home win, meaning they rise to seventh whilst Clapton, who have shipped twenty goals in their five games so far, remain third-bottom without a win
Southend Manor 2-0 Sporting Bengal United
Manor made it three wins from their last four games as they put in a decent showing to see off an off-colour Sporting Bengal at Southchurch Park.
Manor took the lead six minutes before the break when a shot from Billy Harrison took an awful bounce in front of the keeper to end up in the top corner, and they doubled their lead midway through the second period when Ben Allen’s ball across the area found Jordan Thomas at the far post who converted and help send the hosts on their way to the points.
Victory for Manor sees them up to sixth, whilst defeat for Sporting leaves them down in 15th
St Margaretsbury 2-1 Woodford Town
Two first-half goals from Kyle Robers helped see St Mags to their first win of the season.
Roberts opened the scoring from the spot before a great finish from the frontman saw the hosts go into the break 2-0 up. Woodford did pull one back in the second period, but they were unable to avoid a fifth defeat in five, leaving them on the bottom and still without a point, whilst the hosts first win sees them up to 12th.
Stansted 1-3 Hadley
Hadley are up to fourth and only a point and a place behind Stansted with a game in hand after they handed The Airportmen their first home defeat of the season.
Alfano flicked home an Edwards free kick in the 34th minute to give Hadley the lead, and six minutes later doubled that advantage when Bartram fired home after Alfano’s effort had been blocked. Stansted pulled one back just past the hour mark after Hammond headed home a Joe Thomas free-kick, but Hadley sealed the points in stoppage time when Ofori slotted past Monk
Takeley 7-2 Sawbridgeworth Town
Takeley grabbed their first win of the season in style after thumping local rivals Sawbridgeworth Town at Station Road thanks to a brace from Elliot Long, and goals from Glenn O’Hanlon, George Wappet, Mike La Ronde, Matt Hurley and Jason Todd.
Victory for the hosts sees them up to 13th whilst Sawbridgeworth, who have now lost back to back games conceding eleven in the process, slip to tenth.
Walthamstow 2-1 Hashtag United
Stow came from behind to hand Hashtag United their first defeat of the season and end their 100% start with victory at Wadham Lodge.
Stow had the chance to take a 23rd-minute lead but saw Jon Clements spot-kick saved by Ashlee Jones, and three minutes later the visitors went in front through Jesse Waller Lassen. Eight minutes after the break though Vinny Murphy headed home a corner to bring Stow level, and then the hosts won it when Michael Toner sent a free kick in off the post and pick up a huge win.
It means the home side go up to fifth, three points behind second-placed Tags who now trail leaders Cockfosters by three points.
Wednesday, September 30
Ilford 2-5 Hoddesdon Town 5
Hoddy are up to fifth after they netted five at Cricklefield against Ilford.
The hosts took the lead when Yemi Adelani netted from the spot but the visitors levelled after a loose ball was dipped over Blackburn by Blue Gallagher, and the visitors then led after the ball was forced home at the back post by Kardan Campbell, and then two more quick goals, one from Cyrus Babaie and an own goal, put the visitors in total control, a result of some very ordinary defending from the hosts.
Ilford did pull one back to give them a sniff of a comeback when Freddie Agyemang finished off a good move, but the visitors sealed the points after Liam Mulligan produced a superb finish from outside the box.