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Buildbase FA Trophy First Round
CONCORD RANGERS produced a ‘Roy of the Rovers’ style recovery, coming from two goals behind to win 3-2 at Maidstone United in a rip-roaring first-round tie at the Kent clubs Gallagher Stadium.
Early goals from Zinhi Temelci and Matt McClure seemingly had the Stones on route to the second stage. However, the battling Beach Boys had other ideas and roared back with Kit Elliott reducing the arrears before the interval, then Lamar Reynold and Danny Green netted late to complete the comeback.
Chelmsford snatched a dramatic victory over Havant & Waterlooville at the Melbourne Stadium thanks to Robbie Simpson’s last-minute goal.
Billy Knott handed the Clarets the lead. However, Danny Kedwell restored parity for the visitors before Simpson’s late left-footed strike sealed City’s progress.
Hornchurch are also in the hat. Nathan Cooper’s goal eight minutes after the break ensuring a 1-0 victory over Dulwich Hamlet in front of a sizable 454 crowd at Bridge Avenue.
Aveley and Carshalton Athletic will try again following a thrilling 3-3 draw at the War Memorial Ground – Shad Ngandu – from the penalty spot, Harry Gibbs and Jason Raad the Millers marksman. Dagenham & Redbridge will also get another bite of the cherry – Joe Quigley netting for the east Londoners ina 1-1 draw at Sutton United.
Vanarama Nationa League South
Billericay Town slipped to a 3-2 defeat at Dartford. Femi Akinwande and Jake Robinson were on target for the Blues – they remain in fourteenth place.
BetVictor Isthmian League Premier Division
Bowers & Pitsea continue to climb the table after an impressive 3-1 victory over Folkestone Invicta at the Len Salmon Stadium. Lewis Manor scored twice and Benjamin Sartain added another – Bowers had trailed to an early Scott Heard strike.
Brightlingsea Regent went down to a first-minute goal from Will Salmon at Leatherhead. And it was the same outcome at Horsham where a Gary Charman strike was enough to send East Thurrock United home without reward.
BetVictor Isthmian League North Division
Several North Division matches were hit by the weather. However, Great Wakering Rovers returned from Cambridge City with a 4-2 victory. Jake Gordon bagged a brace, while Kojo Apenteng and Billy Johnson completed the scoring for the villagers.
Canvey Island also had the winning formula. Tobi Joseph, Jason Hallett and Michael Finneran netting in a 3-1 win over Felixstow & Walton United at Park Lane. Meanwhile, Maldon & Tiptree continued their push for promotion. The league leader came from behind to beat Dereham Town by the odd goal in three. Martyn Stokes and Danny Parish with the all-important strikes.
Essex Senior League
The inclement weather hit the Essex Senior League hard, with only four games surviving the heavy rain.
In one of the matches which survived, Hashtag United was beaten by fellow promotion hopefuls, Hadley – the home side winning by two goals to one – Sam Edwards and Cameron Ferguson.
Anastasius Antoniou and Andre Embalo netted for Ilford in a 2-1 victory over Sawbridgeworth Town at the Cricklefoeld stadium, while Oliver Fortune bagged the only goal of the game as leaders
Saffron Walden Town beat St Margaretsbury by a goal to nil. Walthamstow kept up the pressure with a 2-0 win at Sporting Bengal United.
ProKit UK Essex Olympian League
Only one Premier Division match survived the showers. Sungate made the most of their opportunity by winning 4-2 at Canning Town – they extend their lead at the top to four points.
In Division One, Ollie Pettit and Charlie Ashpole netted for Lakeside in a 2-0 success at Chingford Athletic, while in Division Two, Rochford Town won 4-0 at May & Baker Eastbrook Community Reserves. There was a thriller at Stonards Hill Recreation Ground, where Epping Town and Wakering Sports played out a 3-3 draw.
Hutton Reserves won 3-0 at their White Ensign counterparts in Division Three. ACD United also won on the road, edging out Lakeside’s second string by the odd goal in three.
Galleywood Reserves were the big winners of the day in Division Four thrashing Shenfield AFC Reserves by six goals to nil. Roydon were 5-2 winners over Ongar Town Reserves, while Wakering Sports Reserves and Chingford Athletic Development drew 1-1.
One game in Division Five where Herongate Athletic Reserves beat Collier Row Reserves 4-1 – Ben warren hitting a hat-trick for the winners.