Vandals wreck Billericay’s pitch causing postponement

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Billericay Town’s match with high-flying Weymouth was postponed following a break-in at the clubs New Lodge ground.

Two cars were driven across the pitch causing serious damage. CCTV footage was obtained and handed to Essex Police. 

A statement on the Blues official website explained;

“The pitch damage will be swiftly rectified. The Billericay Town family is bigger that incidents of this nature.

“We would like to thank Weymouth F.C. for their understanding in this matter and the date for the re-arranged fixture will be announced as soon as it is confirmed.

“Anyone that has any information regarding the identity of those responsible for this damage can pass their information on to the police by visiting their local Police Station, calling 101 or by visiting the Essex Police website.

“If you wish to report information anonymously you can do so by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

Elsewhere in the National South, Concord Rangers returned to winning ways with a 3-1 success over Hemel Hampstead Town ay the Aspect Arena. Aron Pollock, Decarrey Sheriff and Joel Nouble were all on target for the Beach Boys who move up to eleventh as a result.

Braintree Town continued to slide – the Iron on the wrong end of a 3-0 defeat to Hungerford Town at the Ironmongery Direct Stadium. Meanwhile, Chelmsford City’s afternoon also ended in frustration as they went down 2-1 at Slough Town – Sam Higgins with the Clarets consolation.

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Dagenham & Redbridge’s stop-start campaign continued as they slipped to a 2-1 defeat at Solihull Moors. 

James Ball and former Daggers frontman, Paul McCallum, netted for the West Midlanders either side of a Reece Grant strike for Peter Taylor’s men. This result leaves Dagenham floundering in fourteenth place but still only four points shy of the play-off places.

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Hornchurch remains amongst the promotion contenders following a 3-1 win over Potters Bar Town at Bridge Avenue. Charlie Stimson, Marvin Morgan and Daniel Uchechi scored as the Urchins came from behind. They now occupy third place, four points behind leaders, Folkestone Invicta.

There was a late rally from play-off candidates, East Thurrock United, who scored three times in the final six minutes to overcome Wingate & Finchley at Rookery Hill. Mitchell Gilbey, Sewa Marah and Sean Bonnet-Johnson with the all-important goals for the Rocks, this after Charlie Ruff had given the visitors the lead midway through the opening half.

Brightlingsea Regent went down to two unanswered Dan Bennett goals at Kingstonian took the points at the Taydal Stadium. Meanwhile, Haringey Borough also went down at home – Georgios Aresti netting for the North Londoners in a 2-1 defeat to Horsham. Elsewhere, Bishop’s Stortford slipped by a goal to nil as visitors Leatherhead plundered the points thanks to a Travis Gregory strike.

BetVictor Isthmian League North Division

Maldon & Tiptree maintained their one hundred per cent record with a 3-1 success over Grays Athletic at the Maldon Stadium. Jorome Slew bagged a brace while Rob Girdlestone was also on target for the Jammers – Mitchel Hahn with the Grays response.

Aveley continued their own promotion charge with a resounding 5-0 win over Heybridge Swifts at Parkside. George Sykes scored twice for the Millers, while Harry Gibbs, Jason Raad and Alexander Akrofi completed the scoring. Tilbury also won by five without reply – David Knight bagged a hat-trick, while Brian Moses and Ryan Boswell also found the net.

A Joseph Claridge spot-kick was enough for Coggeshall Town to claim maximum points at Hullbridge Sports, while Romford’s game with Soham Town Rangers ended in a thrilling 3-3 draw. Reece Tranter, Danny Nesbitt and Giovanni Palmer on target for the east Londoners.

Brentwood Town staged a remarkable recovery, coming from 3-0 down to claim a share of the spoils at Felixstowe & Walton United. Abdus Salami scored twice for the visitors, while Andrew Freeman completed the comeback. 

Goals from Harry Norman and Ernest Okoh proved insufficient for Basildon United who went down 3-2 at Cambridge City. Kane Gilbert scored Canvey Island’s goal in a 2-1 setback at AFC Sudbury, while Great Wakering Rovers also suffered a defeat – leaders, Bury Town, winning 2-0 at Burroughs Park. Pat Ahern gave Witham Town the lead at Dereham Town. However, the hosts hit back to win by five goals to one.

Buildbase FA Vase Second Round Proper

1984 FA Vase winners, Stansted, progressed to the third round with a single-goal success over Mildenhall Town. However, on an afternoon where the weather claimed several fixtures, several of the region’s teams saw their Vase ambitions quashed. 

Frenford went down 3-1 at home against Lancing, while Walthamstow also slipped out, losing 2-3 to AFC Uckfield Town. Saffron Waldon Town lost by the odd goal in seven to FC Clacton, while Coggeshall United crashed 4-2 at Newport Pagnell Town. 

Essex Senior League

There was a rare defeat for league leaders, Hashtag United, who went down by two goals to one at Sporting Bengal United – Ross Gleed with the visitor’s strike. 

A crowd numbering just twelve witnessed Southend Manor’s single-goal success over Clapton at a damp Southchurch Park. Meanwhile, Ilford were 3-1 winners over Enfield at the Cricklefield Stadium and Takeley hammered hosts, West Essex, by five goals to one.

Hadley eased home 3-0 against Woodford Town, while Tower Hamlets picked up three points on the road with a 2-1 success at St Margaretsbury. Cockfosters match with Hoddesdon Town ended in a 1-1 draw.

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Premier Division leaders, Rayleigh Town, slipped to a shock 3-2 defeat at struggling Canning Town, while Leigh Town missed an opportunity to go top following a 2-1 reverse at Hutton. Buckhurst Hill closed the gap by thrashing Harold Wood Athletic by seven unanswered goals at Roding Valley School.

In Divisio One, Old Chelmsfordians were 3-1 winners at Lakeside, while Manford Way won a tough encounter at Shoebury Town by the odd goal in three. Chingford Athletic are top after a single-goal success over Galleywood.

In Division Two, Beacon Hill Rovers thumped May & Baker Eastbrook Community Reserves by four goals to one, while Corinthian were 4-0 winners over Ryan at the Stambridge Memorial Ground. Wakering Sports continued the goal trend with a 5-1 success over Rochford Town, while Epping Town and Old Southendian Reserves shared the spoils following a 1-1 draw.

Leigh Town Reserves were 3-1 winners at Wakebury in Division Three. ACD United and Corinthians second string drew 3-3 and it was also all-square between White ensign Reserves and Hullbridge Sports ‘A’ – the eventual outcome, 1-1.

Chingford Athletic Development thrashed Galleywood Reserves 5-1 in Division Four. Ongar Town’s second string saw off their Wakering Sports counterparts bt two goals to nil, while Forest Glade won 4-0 at Shenfield AFC Reserves.

Shoebury Town Reserves won their Division Five clash at Leigh Ramblers Reserves 2-1, while hosts Herongate Athletic Reserves beat Springfield Reserves 3-2.

Senior League Cup

Leigh Town made Senior League Cup progress with a 4-1 win over Laindon Orient at John Burrows Recreation Ground. Springfield are also in the hat following a 5-0 triumph over AS Rawreth.

Essex Premier Cup

Runwell Sports took the honours with a 2-1 win over Clapton Community in a feisty encounter at St Lukes Way. 

Brian Jeeves

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