#Yellow Sport Non-League Round-up

Vanarama National League
Both Dagenham & Redbridge and Southend United slipped to defeat on their travels.

The Daggers were knocked off tops spot thanks to an early goal from Wrexham’s Paul Mullin at the Racecourse Ground. The match was watched by a bumper crowd of 8,033.

Meanwhile, Southend United’s troubled campaign continued at Torquay United.

The Blues went down by a goal to nil. Connor Lemonheigh-Evans bundled home a last-minute winner for the Gulls. Southend are without a win in six Vanarama National League matches and slip to nineteenth place with the pressure building on boss Phil Brown.

Emirates FA Cup Second Qualifying Round
There were mixed fortunes for the regions’ teams at the second qualifying round stage of the Emirates FA Cup.

Billericay Town progressed after a hard-fought 2-1 derby success at Braintree Town. Femi Akinwande handed the Iron an advantage from the penalty spot. However, goals from Darren Foxley and George Wind turned the tie Billericay’s way.

Courtesy of Billericay Town media – Highlights from the Blues 2-1 win over Braintree Town at Cressing Road

Bowers & Pitsea were 2-0 winners at Bishop’s Stortford – Max Cornhill and Michael Ademiluyi finding the net for the visitors’ – Chelmsford City are also through after hammering Little Oakley 5-1.

A crowd of 532 witnessed Hornchurch overcome Walthamstow by four goals to one at Bridge Avenue. Sam Higgins, Jili Buyabu, Liam Nash and
Charlie Ruff netted for the Urchins – Adebola Sotoyinbo responding from the spot for the ambitious Essex Senior Leaguers’.

East Thurrock United and Needham Market will try again following a 2-2 draw at Rookery Hill – Kenny Aileru and Ben Wyss on target for the Rocks. Concord Rangers will also require a replay after their tie with St Albans City at the Aspect Arena ended 0-0.

Great Wakering Rovers cup adventure is over, but not before they put up a splendid fight against Southern League Peterborough Sports. Rovers eventually went down 5-3 – Charlie Morris, Mitchell Gilbey and Sam Carter with the home sides’ goals. Meanwhile, Andre Gumbs strike was of little consolation for Barking who went down 3-1 to AFC Dunstable – Bernard Christie hitting a hat-trick for the away side.

Pitching In Isthmian League
Premier Division

Brightlingsea Regent found themselves on the receiving end as visitors’ Lewes won by four unanswered goals at the Taydal Stadium.

Taylor Maloney netted twice for the Sussex outfit, while Ollie Tanner and Joe Taylor were also on target. Brightlingsea’s miserable day was compounded by a red card for Chris Ribchester eleven minutes from time.

Pitching In Isthmian League
North Division

Grays Athletic are top of the table following their 1-1 draw at Coggeshall Town. Dave Knight gave the visitors a first-half lead before Sam Bantick salvaged a share of the spoils with a spot-kick five minutes from time.

Witham Town missed an opportunity to climb into the play-off places. Chinedu Osadebe handed them the lead against Bury Town at the Simarco Stadium. However, goals from Max Maughn and Cemal Ramadan saw the Suffolk side pinch the points.

Aveley recovered a two-goal deficit against Heybridge Swifts at Parkside. Lionel Ainsworth and Andrew Fennell had given the Swifts the advantage – Alex Akrofi and
Manny Ogunrinde coming good for the hosts in the final quarter of an hour.

Drama late-on at Park Lane where Harrison Chatting appeared to have won it for Canvey Island five minutes from time, shortly after the Gulls had lost Connor Hubble to a red card. However, Hullbridge Sports hit back in stoppage-time – Joao Carlos netting from the spot to earn his side a point.

Dereham Town and Basildon United played out a goalless draw, while Hashtag United were beaten 2-0 at home by Felixstowe & Walton United.

Essex Senior League
Stanway Rovers top the table after goals from Ezequiel Franchi and Ernest Okoh secured a 2-0 victory over Ilford at the Cricklefield Stadium.

White Ensign were the big winners of the day, hammering hosts Hoddesdon Town 4-1, while West Essex were 3-0 winners over Southend Manor at Southchurch Park.

Athletic Newham recorded a notable 3-1 success over Saffron Walden Town. Meanwhile, St Margaretsbury saw off Sporting Bengal United 2-1 – Stanstead and Enfield finished goalless.

Friday’s fixtures saw Woodford Town beat Sawbridgeworth Town 2-0 at the Ashton Playing Fields – Patrick Clarke and Chaynie Fage Burgin on target. Elsewhere, FC Clacton won 3-1 at Redbridge.

Essex Olympian League
Premier Division

Rayleigh Town are top of the league on goal difference following their emphatic 6-0 victory at Canning Town. Ongar Town are sitting second after a narrow 2-1 triumph over Bishop’s Stortford Swifts. Hutton joins Rayleigh and Ongar on twelve points – A single-goal success over Shenfield AFC ensuring it remains tight at the top.

Elsewhere, Leigh Ramblers edged out Galleywood by the odd goal in five, while Catholic United and Kelvedon Hatch shared the points following a hard-fought 1-1 draw.

Division One
Runwell Sports are at the summit following their impressive 5-2 victory at Leigh Town. Wakering Sports recorded a 3-1 win at Snaresbrook, while Chingford Athletic were 4-0 winners at Beacon Hill Rovers.

Division Two
Wakebury made ground on the top two with a 3-2 triumph over Harold Wood Athletic Reserves. Manford Way was the divisions’ top scorers, beating AS Rawreth 7-1. May & Baker EC ‘A’ were also amongst the goals – Hutton Reserves on the wrong end of a 6-0 thumping.

Division Three
Catholic United Reserves emphatically leapfrogged their Wakering Sports counterparts at the summit after recording an impressive 7-1 victory over the villagers.

Basildon Town Reserves edged out Hullbridge Sports Reserves by the odd goal in three, while Leigh Town’s second string and Corinthian Reserves drew 1-1. The game between Pitsea Athletic and Collier Row ended goalless.

Division Four
Leaders Ongar Town saw off Leytonstone United by three goals to one. Chingford Athletic Reserves are second – they did their promotion credentials the power of good with a 9-0 drubbing of Old Chelmsfordian Reserves.

Springfield Reserves were 6-4 winners at Canning Town Reserves, while another goal-fest saw Galleywood Reserves pip Southend Manor Development 5-4.

Roydon beat Sungate Development 3-1. Elsewhere, Shenfield A.F.C. Reserves and Wakering Sports ‘A’ drew 0-0.

Division Five
Leigh Ramblers Reserves remain top following a 4-1 win over Collier Row Reserves. Bishop’s Stortford Swifts Reserves and Runwell Sports Reserves are hot on their heels – both recording 3-2 victories over Wakebury Reserves and Snaresbrook Reserves respectively.

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