#YellowSports Non-League Round-Up

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Vanarama National League

Dagenham & Redbridge enjoyed the festive period, taking nine points out of nine and firing themse4lves right back into the play-off places.

A Matt Robinson brace secured a 2-0 Boxing Day victory at struggling Dover Athletic. And the East Londoners followed that up with a single-goal success over Aldershot Town at the Chigwell Construction Stadium. Angelo Balanta with the decisive strike right on the stroke of half-time.

Courtesy of Dagenham & Redbridge media, highlights from the Daggers 1-0 victory over Aldershot Town

New Year saw a return clash with Dover and a 3-1 success. Junior Morias, Josh Walker, and Myles Weston were all on target for Daryl McMahon’s men – Alfie Pavey responding for the Kent outfit. Daggers move up to fifth as a result.

COVID-hit Southend United were only able to fulfil one of their Christmas fixtures. Nevertheless, the struggling Shrimpers produced a workmanlike performance to earn a share of the spoils at high-flying Bromley.

A cool finish from Matt Dennis cancelled out Michael Cheek’s opener for the Hayes Lane outfit. Southend are currently a single point and a place outside the dropzone ahead of this weekend’s vital trip to Weymouth.

Courtesy of Southend United media, highlights from the Shrimpers 1-1 draw at Bromley

Vanarama National League South

Billericay Town remain rooted to the foot of the table despite back-to-back goalless draws at Ebbsfleet United and Concord Rangers.

The Blues Christmas campaign had started disastrously with a 3-1 setback against the Beach Boys at New Lodge. However, Concord themselves would taste derby disappointment as Chelmsford City won by a similar margin at the Aspect Arena – The Clarets backing up a 3-0 triumph over Braintree Town, edging themselves further away from the dropzone.

Courtesy of Billericay town Media, highlight from the Blues 3-1 derby defeat at the hands of Concord Rangers.

Braintree gave their survival hopes a boost with a 2-2 draw against high-flying Dartford at Cressing Road. The Iron currently sit next to bottom, two points clear of Billericay.

Pitching In Isthmian League Premier Division

Hornchurch recorded two wins out of two, seeing off Bowers & Pitsea at Bridge avenue thanks to a Mickey Parcell goal on the hour, and then thumping Brightlingsea Regent 5-1 on the road, with Lewwis Spence, 

Tom Wraight (penalty), Ola Ogunwamide, Tobi Joseph and Charlie Ruff were on target for the Urchins.

Brightlingsea’s festive programme had started brightly as they saw off East Thurrock United by the odd goal in three – Aaron Blair and Zack Littlejohn scoring for the North Essex outfit after Jake Gordon had fired the Rocks ahead.

But a 3-0 defeat at Haringey Borough followed for Brightlingsea. East Thurrock’s struggles also continued as they found themselves on the wrong end against Cray Wanderers (1-3) and Wingate & Finchley (0-5) respectively.

Pitching In Isthmian League North

Canvey Island looked set for three successive victories during the holiday season but were hit by a remarkable Great Wakering Rovers comeback at Park Lane.

Conor Hubble (2), Evans Kouassi, Matthew Price and Jamie Salmon had eased the Gulls to a 5-1 win over Tilbury – this after Roman Campbell had given the Dockers a fourth-minute lead.

Canvey followed that up with a 3-1 triumph at fellow play-off hopefuls, Grays Athletic. Evans Kouassi, Tobi Tinubu and Odei Martin Sorondo for the Islanders – Kai Brown with the Grays response.

Matthew Price and Odei Martin Sorondo seemingly had Canvey well on their way to a third win on the bounce in front of a crowd just shy of 500 at Park Lane. However, visitors, Great Wakering – themselves off the back of a 1-1 draw with barking – hit back to win 3-2. Jermaine Anderson’s brace arrived either side of a Martin Tuohy spot-kick.

Martin Tuohy scores Great Wakering Rovers’ second goal of the afternoon from the penalty spot as they hit back from 2-0 down to beat Canvey island 3-2

And that result allowed Aveley to move clear at the top. Indeed, the Millers did it in style, walloping Romford by seven goals to nil at Parkside. 

Alex Akrofi bagged a hat trick, while George Sykes, Ryan Scott, Jon Nzengo and Kenny Aileru completed the rout.

Basildon United bounced back from a 2-0 defeat at Hashtag United with a resounding 4-1 triumph over Tilbury. Evergreen frontman, Bertie Brayley netted for the Bees, while Yao Aziamale (2) and Alexander Balisani ensured a comfortable afternoon for the New Towners.

Essex Senior League

Walthamstow hold a mammoth twelve-point lead at the top of the table but didn’t have it all their own way against West Essex at Mayesbrook Park.

David Bell gave the home side a surprise lead. But Charlie Cole restored parity before the break. Stow pushed hard for a winner but came up against an inspired Kacper Ignatiuk in the West Essex goal.

White Ensign recorded a 4-1 win at Sporting Bengal United. Jake McWee, George O’Connor, Jason Reynolds-Blanche and Luke Woodward netting for the Southend-based side – Gianfranco Mici with the home sides’ consolation. Meanwhile, Takeley hammered Sawbridgeworth Town by four unanswered goals. Charlie Allum, George Frodsham, Glenn O’Hanlon and Kieran Southgate doing the damage for the Station Road side. Elsewhere, Woodford Town and Redbridge shared the spoils following a hard-fought goalless encounter.


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