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Vanarama National League
Dagenham & Redbridge came back from being 2-0 and then 3-2 down to win a pulsating game 5-4 against Barnet at the Chigwell Construction Stadium, with former Bees striker Josh Walker netting in the third minute of stoppage time to complete his hat-trick and secure back-to-back victories for the Daggers.

In a game that lurched back and forth throughout, Nicke Kabamba and Sean Shields put Barnet two up after only eighteen minutes, but Walker and Mauro Vilhete scored twice within the next four minutes to pull it back to 2-2. Kabamba scored his second of the game just after half time only for Omar Mussa to equalise again before then turning provider by sending over the cross for Walker to put Daryl McMahon’s men 4-3 up. The lead did not last long however as Jerome Okimo headed
home Barnet’s equaliser and with the game looking to be heading towards the draw, Walker ran through unchallenged to hit the winner and spark wild celebrations from the Daggers players, staff and fans.

Courtesy of Dagenham & Redbridge Media, highlights of the Daggers’ 5-4 win over Barnet at the Chigwell Construction Stadium

Ten-man Southend United had to dig deep to secure their first away victory of the season at Wealdstone after Gus Scott-Morriss was sent off with nineteen minutes left to play.

Blues took the lead through Salford City loanee Marcus Dackers’ penalty just after the hour mark and despite having dominated for most of the game, the momentum changed drastically following Scott-Morriss’s dismissal with Stones laying siege to Southend’s goal in search of an equaliser, but Blues defensive rear-guard stood firm to the end to see them through to a hard-fought and deserved 1-0

Courtesy of Southend United Media, highlights from the Blues 1-0 win at Wealdstone

Vanarama National League South
Braintree were dealt a bitter blow before the start of the match when top scorer Aaron Blair was recalled from his loan at the club by parent club Dagenham & Redbridge, but in an end-to-end game at the Dunmow Group Stadium despite early pressure from Slough Town, it was the Iron who took the lead in the eighth minute when Levi Amantchi drove powerfully past Rhys Foster from the edge of the area.

Slough equalised just after the hour mark when Matthew Lench’s cross found its way into the Braintree net. Both teams had chances to win the game, but the points were shared as the game finished 1-1.

Eastbourne Borough ran out deserved 4-2 winners at Concord Rangers after taking an early 2-0 lead with just over half an hour played with goals from Jacob Hutchinson and Shiloh Remy. Beachboys skipper Danny Green then pulled one back just after half-time before Jaden Perez slotted home
Hutchinson’s cross to make it 3-1 to the Sports.

Concord were awarded a penalty after Ricky Modeste was fouled in the area but although Green saw his spot-kick saved by keeper Lee Worgan,
he side-footed home the rebound to cut the deficit and give his side hope of a comeback at 3-2 before Greg Luer capitalised on a defensive mistake to knock the ball past Melvin Minter just minutes before the end to seal the win for Eastbourne.

Courtesy of Beach Bos TV, Concord Rangers’ manager, Chris Search provides his thoughts on the 4-2 defeat to Eastbourne Borough

The spoils were shared at the Cygnet Health Care Stadium as Taunton Town and Chelmsford City cancelled each other out to draw 0-0 in the sunshine.

Despite having the best of the closing stages, the high-flying Clarets were unable to break down the well-organised Taunton defence – a defensive unit who, to date, have conceded only five goals in their nine games this season.

Pitching In Isthmian League Premier Division
High-flying Aveley were held to an unlikely 1-1 draw by bottom club Herne Bay at Parkside despite taking the lead from George Sykes second-half penalty, his fifth goal of the season.

Rory Smith’s equaliser just after the hour mark was Bay’s first league goal since August 29. Aveley had a chance to win the game late on when Benas Valvada’s corner kick found Harry Gibbs, but his header was
cleared off the line by Keano Robinson.

Billericay Town took the points against Lewes in a 2-1 win at New Lodge despite Chris Dickson missing a late penalty. John Ufuah opened the scoring for the Blues in the eleventh minute and doubled their score just after half-time when George Wind sent Dickson through on goal to smash the ball past keeper Lewis Carey.

Lewes pulled one back from the spot when Joe Taylor sent Harry Seaden the wrong way to make it 2-1 before the visitors unluckily had two goals disallowed for offside.

Former Southend midfielder Michael Klass was sent off near the end following his second yellow card of the match and despite Dickson’s missed penalty, Blues held on for the win.

Courtesy of BTFC Media, Billericay Town boss, Dan Brown provides his thoughts following the 2-1 win over Lewes at New Lodge

The spoils were shared at the Len Salmon Stadium as Bowers & Pitsea and Kingstonian drew 2-2.

Bowers twice came from behind as Jamal Allen scored at both ends before Tyrese Owen gave the K’s a half-time lead.

Duane Ofori-Acheampong equalised for Bowers in the sixty-fourth minute as Kingstonian drew their sixth game out of eight.

Canvey Island scored twice in the first twenty minutes with goals by Bradley Sach and Evans Kouassi as they beat struggling Corinthian-Casuals 2-1 at the Moviestarr Stadium.

Casuals scored a consolation goal deep into stoppage time when Elijah Simpson shot home from inside the penalty area, but Canvey held on to deservedly take the three points.

Courtesy of Canvey Island FC Media, Evans Kouassi nets the Gulls second goal during their 2-1 win over Corinthian-Casuals

Brightlingsea Regent and Haringey Borough drew 1-1 at North Road after Chayne Burgin’s seventy-eighth-minute header earned Borough a point.

Despite Brightlingsea taking the lead just after the hour mark through Zack Littlejohn, it was Haringey who finished strongly and it was only a man of the match performance by R’s keeper Charlie Turner that kept them in the game with several fine saves to deny the visitors the win.

Bishop’s Stortford’s third 2-0 victory in a row – this time at Horsham, took the Blues up into third place in the table after goals from Matthew Johnson and Frankie Merrifield on either side of half-time were enough to take the points against the early season pacesetters.

The Hornets went close in the final half hour, hitting the post twice through Rodrigues and Dsane and seeing Jack Brivio’s header
cleared off the line but it was Blues’ day and they held on to claim a memorable win.

Pitching In Isthmian League North
Matt Price came off the bench to inspire Brentwood to victory after pointless Maldon & Tiptree had taken the lead in the fourteenth minute when Brad Ihionvien shot home from close range.

Ihionvien had the chance to double the Jammers’ lead from the penalty spot after Matt Cripps was penalised for handball just on the hour mark, but his kick hit the post and rolled across the goal to safety.

Price then scored twice in six minutes to give Brentwood the lead before Tom Richardson’s penalty sealed the 3-1 win just before the end.

Alex Moss’s goal midway through the first half gave Hullbridge Sports their first home win of the season – a 1-0 victory over Great Wakering Rovers. The score did not flatter Hullbridge however as they had numerous chances throughout the match to extend their lead.

Essex Senior League
Buckhurst Hill thrashed Clapton 7-0 at Myrak Park with goals from Nathan Sollosi (2) Hassan Nalbant, Sam Sollosi, Suleyman Zuhdu and Edward Buchanan.

Athletic Newham beat bottom of the league Southend Manor 2-1 to move up to fifth place in the league. Mitchell Arthur gave Manor the lead just past the hour mark, but Joel Appiah scored twice
for the Kings in the seventy-ninth and 8eighty-third minutes to take the three points. Manor controversially sacked manager James Wakeling by text message following the game, sparking an outcry from local football enthusiasts on social media.

Essex Olympian League
Catholic United’s 4-1 away win at Kelvedon Hatch took them into second place behind Hutton, with a game in hand on the leaders.
Sungate had a comprehensive 5-1 win against Springfield whilst Runwell Sports and Rayleigh Town recorded away wins at Bishop’s Stortford Swifts (4-0) and Canning Town (2-0) respectively. Leigh Ramblers and Toby finished as a 1-1 draw.


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