Resolute Daggers make their point

Non-league round-up

Vanarama National League

Dagenham & Redbridge saw their winless league run extended to nine matches. However, new boss, Daryl McMahon will have been pleased with a clean sheet and a share of the spoils from a goalless encounter with erratic Torquay United at Victoria Road.

Joe Quigley and Matt Robinson went close for the home side, while Saikou Jannehstruck the frame of the goal for the Gulls. The point moved Dagenham up a place to nineteenth – three points outside the relegation zone.

Vanarama National League South

Chelmsford City are three points better off following a narrow 2-1 triumph over Hemel Hampstead Town at the Melbourne Stadium.

Chris Whelpdale and Sam Higgins netted for the Clarets either side of a Sam Ashford strike for the visitors – Chelmsford are now ninth, leapfrogging Concord Rangers who went down by two unanswered goals to Hampton & Richmond Borough at the Aspect Arena.

Elsewhere, it proved to be a tough afternoon for Braintree Town – The Iron thrashed 6-0 in front of a sizable 2,730 crowd at Dulwich Hamlet. Former Chelmsford City man, Shamir Mullings, netting twice for the home side.

BetVictor Isthmian League Premier Division

Hornchurch remain in play-off contention following a 2-1 success over high-flying Horsham at Bridge Avenue. Rickie Hayles and Chris Dickson netted for the Urchins as they recovered from a Greg Cundle opener for the visitors.

East Thurrock United played out a hard-fought goalless draw with Worthing at Rookery Hill, while Bradley Warner and Max Cornhill struck to see Bowers & Pitsea twice lead at Bishop’s Stortford – On both occasions, the evergreen Jamie Cureton was on hand to respond and earn the home side a share of the points.

Relegation haunted Brightlingsea Regent picked up a valuable point from a 0-0 draw with Folkestone Invicta, while Haringey Borough went down by a goal to nil against Lewes – Dayshonne Golding on target for the visitors midway through the second half.

BetVictor Isthmian League North Division

Maldon & Tiptree march on at the top of the division after seeing off a strong Aveley side by three goals to one at Park Drive.

Jorome Slew bagged a brace for the Jammers, with Ryan Charles also amongst the goals. Wyan Reid responded for the Millers – they remain second.

Heybridge Swifts continue to press towards the top. Evans Kouassi, Odei Martin-Sorondo and Harrison Chatting netted in a 3-2 win at Grays Athletic – Manny Ogunrinde with a double for the home side. And Great Wakering Rovers are in the mix for a top-five finish after a resounding 4-1 win at Dereham Town. Martin Tuohy, Billy Johnson, Jake Gordon and Jack Stevenson with the Villagers goals.

Ryan Melaugh scored the only goal of the game as impressive Canvey Island took all three points at promotion-chasing Bury Town. Meanwhile, Brentwood Town eased their relegation fears with a 1-0 win at Coggeshall Town – Rene Batlokwa with the all-important strike a minute after the restart. The home sides misery was compounded with the dismissal of George Cocklin.

Declan Nche handed Witham Town the lead at Chadfields shortly before the break. However, Eljay Worrell struck soon after the restart to ensure a point for hosts Tilbury. Honours were also even at Histon where Basildon United played their part in an entertaining 3-3 draw – Adam Vyse netting a brace and Jimmy Cox also on the mark for the battling Bees.

Essex Senior League

Walthamstow are in pole position following a 2-1 victory over Clapton at Wadham Lodge – Daniel McCullock and a Dwade James spot-kick proving decisive for the home side. Jaydon Charles responding for the Tons.

Saffron Walden Town remain second after a goalless draw at Hadley, while Hashtag United kept up the pressure – Sam Byles and Ricky Evans netting in a 2-1 win at Tower Hamlets.

Southend Manor edged out St Margaretsbury by the odd goal in three at Southchurch Park. Meanwhile, Cockfosters needed just a single strike to claim all three points at Ilford.

Plenty of goals at the Stewart Edwards Stadium where Hoddesdon Town and Enfield played out an exciting 3-3 draw. Stansted were also amongst the goals – thrashing Sawbridgeworth Town by five goals to one.

ProKit UK Essex Olympian League

Sungate emphatically won the Premier Division’s battle of the top two, dispatching Catholic United by four goals to one at the Len Salmon Stadium.

Springfield were too strong for Old Southendian, taking the points from a 4-2 success – the Old Boys slipping into the relegation zone as a result. Canning Town won 3-1 at Shenfield AFC, while Rayleigh Town edged out Leigh Ramblers by the odd goal in five.

Bishop’s Stortford Swifts and Hutton drew 2-2, while honours were also even between Kelvedon Hatch and Harrold Wood Athletic – the eventual outcome a 1-1 result.

In Division One, Shoebury Town won an exciting encounter at Manford Way by six goals to three. Chingford were 3-1 winners over Snaresbrook, while Runwell Sports hit three without reply at Herongate Athletic. Old Chelmsfordians and Galleywood drew 1-1, while four goals were shared between Toby and Ramsden Scotia.

Corinthians recorded a 4-1 Division two win at AS Rawreth. Leigh Town wasn’t far behind with a 4-2 success at Epping Town. In Division Three, ACD United were 5-0 winners over White Ensign Reserves. Also hitting five were Wakebury, who recorded the same margin of victory over Hullbridge Sports ‘A’ and Leigh Town Reserves, who beat their Buckhurst Hill counterparts 5-2.

Meanwhile, there were 3-0 successes for both Corinthians Reserves and Hutton Reserves over the second strings of Basildon Town and Hutton respectively. Lakeside edged a superb encounter with Collier Row, 4-3.

Forest Glade inflicted more pain on the Catholic United club – beating their second string by three goals to nil in Division Four. Galleywood’s seconds were too strong for Laindon Orient Reserves – the home side winning 5-0. A much closer encounter saw Wakering Sports Reserves edge out Shenfield AFC Reserves by two goals to one.

In Division Five, Leigh Ramblers Reserves were 6-1 winners over Shoebury Town seconds and it was the same outcome between the reserve teams of Runwell Sports and Bishop’s Stortford Swifts – the latter hitting six in this case.

Essex Premier Cup

Basildon Town made progress with a 4-1 derby win over Laindon Orient. Meanwhile, Buckhurst Hill are also in the hat after winning 5-2 at Rayleigh Town Reserves.


Brian Jeeves

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