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Vanarama National League

Aldershot Town ended a run of three consecutive league defeats with a 2-0 win over Southend United, to ease their relegation worries with goals from Justin Amaluzor and Corey Jordan at the EEB Stadium.

Managerless Aldershot took the lead just before half-time when following Southend’s failure to clear the ball out of defence, Amaluzor dispossessed Shaun Hobson to slide the ball past Collin Andeng-Ngi before Jordan headed home Ollie Hartfield’s free-kick just three minutes after the break to make it 2-0.

Wes Fonguck went close when his curling effort was well saved by Lucas Ashby-Hammond but there was to be no way through for Blues, who slipped to their second defeat in successive matches.   


Courtesy of Southend United Media, highlights from the Blues 2-0 defeat at Aldershot Town

Vanarama National League South

Braintree Town produced a stunning late comeback to take the points with a thrilling 3-2 win over Hungerford Town at the Dunmow Group Stadium.  

The Iron took the lead just four minutes into the second half. Kyron Farrell’s powerful long-range effort was parried by Hungerford keeper Simon Grant, before flying into the top corner of the net.  

The Crusaders equalised just after the hour when Leighton Thomas nodded home from a corner before Christie Ward put them into the lead shortly after with a twenty-five-yard screamer that beat Jack Sims all ends up.

Two goals in two minutes turned the game on its head. Substitute Alfie Matthews converted from the spot in the seventy-fifth minute before the outstanding Jon Benton, on loan from Southend United, capped off a fine display by smashing home a stupendous long-range effort to win the game for Braintree.  

Matt Berry-Hargreaves was shown a straight red card near the end following a foul on Iron Captain John White.

Chelmsford City enjoyed a fine 3-1 win at fellow play-off contenders Worthing with Cambridge loanee Kai Yearn and Cameron James putting the Clarets 2-0 up after just twenty-five minutes.

Callum Kealy pulled one back for Worthing ten minutes before half-time following a mistake by keeper Ovie Ejeheri, but the visitors regained their two-goal lead just before the hour mark as Jamie Yila intercepted Luca Cocoracchio’s pass out of defence to play in Tom Blackwell to tap home from close range.  

Worthing did have chances to get back into the game late on, but the Chelmsford defence stood firm to take the points.

Top of the table Dartford defeated in-form Concord Rangers 3-1 at Princes Park Stadium with goals from Samir Carruthers, Pierre Fonkeu and Aron Pollock (own-goal) with Mo Bettamer scoring for Concord from the spot in first-half stoppage time.

With Darts having been defeated only once in their last thirteen games, they extended their lead to one point over second place Havant & Waterlooville, although the Hawks do still have two games in hand. 

Courtesy of Beach Boys TV, Concord Rangers boss, Rob Small provides his thoughts on their 3-1 defeat at Dartford

Isthmian League Premier Division

Billericay Town defeated local rivals Canvey Island 1-0 at New Lodge, the winner coming from former Gulls man Matt Price. 

In a very even contest with both sides creating chances throughout, the goal came in the seventieth minute when Alfie Cerulli’s cross fell to Price to despatch the ball past Canvey keeper Bobby Mason.

Courtesy of BTFC Media, highlights from Billericay Town’s 1-0 win over Canvey island at New Lodge

On a cold and windy afternoon at Parkside, Aveley and Kingstonian shared the spoils in a 0-0 draw as both teams created chances but were unable to break the deadlock. It was only the third draw of the season for Danny Scopes’ side, who now sit third in the table.

In the bottom-of-the-table clash, Herne Bay drew 1-1 with Brightlingsea Regent. Following a goalless first half, straight from the restart, Eddie Allsopp hit the post for the Bay and thereafter the tone was set for an end-to-end thrilling second forty-five minutes, with a moment of magic from Kyamni Thomas breaking the deadlock when he ran from inside his own half to slot the ball past Regent keeper Charlie Turner.

Brightlingsea equalised six minutes later when Samuel Jeremiah cut the ball back for substitute Suleymon Kahdu to smash home from ten yards out.

Anthony Mendy’s goal was enough to give Haringey Borough a 1-0 victory at Bognor Regis Town. The winner came in the seventh minute as Rocks were caught in possession at the back and Alphonso Kennedy’s shot was deflected into the net by Mendy to clinch the three points for the North Londoners.

Bishop’s Stortford and Margate shared the spoils in a 2-2 draw at Woodside Park. After a goalless first half, Margate took the lead straight from the kick-off when Korrey Henry played in Cameron Brodie to make it 1-0 to the visitors.

Blues drew level just three minutes later when Donnal Thomas tapped home from close range after a mistake by keeper Dan Jinadu. Frankie Merrifield restored their lead when he ran through the defence to shoot past Jinadu in the seventy-third minute.  

Henry equalised six minutes before the end when after his header from Ben Greenhalgh’s corner was saved, he poked home the rebound to make it 2-2 and although both sides had chances thereafter, they were forced to settle for a point apiece.

Lewes and Bowers & Pitsea shared the spoils in a feisty 2-2 draw at the Dripping Pan. Bowers took the lead when Emmanuel Oluwasemo headed home from a free kick in the eighth minute before Bola Dawodu doubled their lead just before the half hour mark. 

Lewes dominated the early exchanges of the second half and they pulled one back when Olu Alukoga’s twenty-yard strike went in off the post to set up a tense finish.  

With the game in the seventh minute of stoppage time, Jamie Mascoll’s in-swinging corner eluded the Bowers defence to cross the line to give the Rocks a deserved late equaliser and point.    

Isthmian League North

League leaders AFC Sudbury comprehensively defeated Great Wakering Rovers 5-0 at the MEL Group Stadium with a hat-trick from the division’s leading goal-scorer Nnamadi Nwachuku. Perry Dunn (own-goal) and Sak Hassan were the Suds other scorers on the day.

East Thurrock continued their recent good run to beat high-flying Lowestoft Town 1-0 in an entertaining but feisty game at the Rookery.

The Rocks broke the deadlock after fifty-two minutes when Harry Hope set up Roman Michael-Percival to fire home. The visitors saw Josh Harvey sent off fifteen minutes before the end following a reckless challenge.

Wroxham recorded their first home victory of the season with a 1-0 win over Brentwood Town. Just before the half-hour mark, the referee ruled that Shaun Taylor’s shot had crossed the line following the goalmouth scramble after Conley Poynter’s shot had hit the post to put Wroxham 1-0 up. Despite creating several chances thereafter, the Yachtsmen could not find a way through again, but they will be delighted with the win that now leaves them only one point off safety.

Goals from Darius Guinea and substitute George Smith, saw Hullbridge Sports through to a 2-0 win against Grays Athletic – a win that takes Sports up to eighteenth and seven points outside the drop zone.

Despite falling behind in the third minute, Heybridge Swifts fought back to beat Felixstowe & Walton United 2-1. Joe Whight opened the scoring for Walton only for Kieran Jones to get on the end of Louis Arrowsmith’s cross and draw Swifts level in the twenty-third minute.  

Captain Quba Gordon then put them in front just minutes into the second half, with Swifts then defending resolutely for the rest of the game to take the points.

Despite having Joe Turpin sent off, Maldon & Tiptree came out 4-2 winners at local rivals Witham Town to lift themselves out of the relegation zone for the first time this season. Scott Kemp scored twice and Roman Campbell & Harvey Sayer were also on target for the Jammers, whilst Adam Vyse netted twice (once from the spot) for Witham.

New Salamis eased to a 3-0 win over Coggeshall Town at Coles Park with Derek Asamoah (2) & Taufee Skandori on target for the Red-Whites. 

This further defeat leaves Coggeshall firmly rooted to the bottom of the table with only four points and still seeking their first win of the season.

Hashtag United moved into second spot in the table with a comfortable 3-0 win over Basildon United at the Len Salmon Stadium. 

Matthew Wooldridge fired the Tags into the lead three minutes before half-time before Alex Teniola doubled their lead on the hour. Just minutes later, Bees defender Kyle Jude deflected Jermaine Francis’s cross past his own keeper for Hashtag’s third.

Tilbury romped to a crushing 5-2 away win at Gorleston with Martin Tuohy (2) & Charlie Morris putting them 3-0 up after only thirty-four minutes. 

Ross Gilfedder pulled one back for the Greens after seventy-seven minutes and shortly after, Jake Spooner scored their second but there was to be no comeback for them on the day as Darnell Kithambo netted from the spot for the Dockers to make it 5-2 in the final minute. 

Essex Senior League

Saffron Walden’s poor run continued as they lost 3-0 at home to league leaders Enfield. Danny Norton, Louis Johnson and Usman Adeniji were all on target for the E’s.

Barking’s Charlie Heatley netted a hat-trick in their 5-1 win over Stanway Rovers. Ahmed Abdulla and Georgie Fairhead also scored for the Blues.

Ibrahim Kehinde scored the only goal of the game in Redbridge’s 1-0 win at West Essex.

Stansted won 4-0 at Halstead Town with Asuaan Siddik, George O’Connor, Michael Mignot and Andre Enbalo their scorers.

Athletic Newham won 3-1 away at Ilford with goals from Daniel Izekor (2) and Abdul Shobowale. Jack Zielinski netted for the Foxes.

Clapton moved to within five points of safety with a 4-3 win over Romford at the Newham Leisure Centre. Shomari Barnwell, Adalberto Pinto and Emmanuel Ogunrinde scored for Romford, who had Scott Doe sent off in the sixty-ninth minute.

Woodford Town ran out 1-0 winners at Little Oakley with Wale Odedoyin their scorer.

Southend Manor, with only league two points so far this season, lost again – this time 4-0 to Takeley, who had Charlie Allum, George Frodsham, Jayden Gipson and Jordan Westmacott on the scoresheet.

FC Clacton won away at Burroughs Park, beating White Ensign 2-1 with goals from Jake Clowsley and Mekhi McKenzie. Substitute Teddy Rumsey netting for Ensign.

Buckhurst Hill defeated Sawbridgeworth Town 4-1 with goals from Hassan Nalbant (2) Ezekiel Bademosi and Jake Moss. Jack Knight was on target for Town.  

Prokit Essex Olympian League

Old Southendian defeated Bishops Stortford Swifts 2-1 at Garons Park with Joe Holt scoring Swifts’ goal.

Leigh Ramblers enjoyed a comfortable 3-0 win over Canning Town at Belfairs Park with Tom Franks, Jamie Skinner and Andrew Webster their scorers.

Jack Long netted a hat-trick in Rayleigh Town’s 3-3 draw against Runwell Sports, for whom Charlie Little and Oliver Williamson were on target. 

Hutton beat Springfield 1-0 at Tilbury with Luke Ricketts hitting their winner.


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