Weather is the winner as Daggers trip is halted

Vanarama National League

Dagenham & Redbridge were left frustrated after their game at league leaders Barrow was called off on Friday afternoon.

The Daggers had stopped off on route to use Bolton Wanderers’ training facilities when the news filtered through that the Cumbrians Holker Street pitch was waterlogged. Daryl McMahon’s men remain a point and a place outside the relegation zone.

Vanarama National League South

Three of the region’s sides managed to beat the wrath of Storm Dennis. However, both Concord rangers and Chelmsford City would perhaps have wished they hadn’t.

Concord slipped to a single-goal defeat at the hands of Bath City at the Aspect Arena – Ross Stearn providing the decisive strike five minutes before the interval.

Chelmsford appear to be in freefall following the sacking of manager, Rod Stringer. This time the Clarets went down 2-0 to Dorking Wanderers – Jake Gallagher and Elliott Buchanan on target for the home side.

Braintree Town faired better, moving above out of action Billericay Town, following a goalless draw with Hemel Hampstead Town at Cressing Road.

BetVictor Isthmian League Premier Division

Bradley Warner netted from the penalty spot and Jamie Dicks added another as Bowers & Pitsea played out an entertaining 2-2 draw at Wingate & Finchley. Bowers twice lead in the contest. However, the home side hit back on each occasion through Kane Farrell and
Luke Ifil.

Jake Clowsley salvaged a point for Brightlingsea Regent with a late goal at Margate. The home side had taken the lead through Reece Prestedge on the hour but it was a case of honours even on the Kent coast.

Hornchurch remain in the top-five following a 2-2 draw with Merstham at Bridge Avenue. George Saunders netted early on, then Arthur Lee equalised in the final minute for the Urchins after Calvin Ekpiteta and a Mickey Parcell own-goal had given the visitors the lead.

East Thurrock United’s game at Cheshunt and Haringey Bourogh’s trip to Corinthian-Casuals fell foul of the weather, as was Bishop’s Stortford’s game at Bognor Regis Town.

BetVictor Isthmian League North Division

Top of the table Maldon & Tiptree took another step towards the title with a 2-1 success at Dereham Town. Toby Hilliard gave the home side the lead. However, the Jammers took the point thanks to Charlee Hughes and a Conor Hubble spot-kick ten minutes from time.

Alexander Akrofi scored twice while George Sykes also found the net as Aveley and AFC Sudbury shared six goals at the MEL Group Stadium – Billy Holland, Baris Altintop and
Freddie King netting for the home side. Brentwood Town saw off Witham by two unanswered goal – Adam Topley and Alan Fleming doing the damage for the home side.

Ruben Soares Junior netted for Grays Athletic but it proved to be insufficient as visitors, Bury Town triumphed thanks to goals from Cruise Nyadzayo and Ross Crane. Meanwhile, Great Wakering Rovers suffered a heavy defeat as Cambridge City cruised to 4-0 victory in front of a hardy crowd of 99 at a windswept Burroughs Park.

Essex Senior League

Only three matches survived the weather. Bottom of the table Sawbridgeworth Town claiming only their second victory of the season, winning a thrilling encounter at Sporting Bengal United by four goals to three.

Enfield and Tower Hamlets drew 2-2. Meanwhile, a match played on Friday evening saw Woodford Town ease to a 3-0 victory over Stansted.

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Old Southendian took a huge step towards securing their Premier Division place with a 4-1 victory at Harold Wood Athletic. The Old Boys are now sitting in seventh place, although only four points separate them from the relegation places.

Leaders, Sungate, suffered a shock 2-1 defeat at home to Basildon Town. Meanwhile, with games in hand – Buckhurst Hill closed the gap by hammering Catholic United by four goals to one at the Len Salmon Stadium.

Leigh Ramblers remain in second place after a 3-1 win over Springfield. Elsewhere, Bishop’s Stortford Swifts saw off Kelvedon Hatch 4-2.

Old Chelmsfordians continued their Division One promotion push with a 3-1 win over Shoebury Town at the Memorial Sports Ground. Galleywood and Runweel Sports shared the spoils following a hard-fought 1-1 draw.

Corinthian were 3-1 winners over Rochford Town in a big Division Two derby at the Stambridge Memorial Ground. Meanwhile, in Division Three, title-chasing ACD United were too strong for Buckhurst Hill’s second string, winning 3-0.

Basildon Town Reserves beat their Toby counterparts by a single goal, while Leigh Town’s seconds edged out Lakeside Reserves by the odd goal in three.

There was a big Division Four win for Catholic United Reserves – the Hoops thrashing Ongar Town reserves 5-2. Wakering Sports Reserves squeezed past Forset Glade by a goal to nil, while Chingford Athletic Development and Canning Town Reserves drew 2-2.

Wakering Sports Development won their Division five derby with Shoebury Town Reserves by four goals to one, and it was the same outcome as Herongate Athletic Reserves took the points from Bishop’s Stortford Swifts second string.

Senior League Cup

In-form Rayleigh Town progressed with a thumping 6-2 victory over Toby at the Beauchamps School.

London Junior Cup

FC Hamlets are in the hat following their 3-1 success at UCC Diaspora.


Brian Jeeves

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