Yellow Sport Non-League Round-Up

Vanarama National League

With speculation rife that it could be the final game played by Southend should chairman Ron Martin fail to pay the money owed to HMRC by the Wednesday deadline, the Blues once again put their off-field dramas behind them with a memorable 2-1 win at struggling Torquay United.

Callum Powell put Southend 1-0 up in the twenty-seventh minute, only for Lewis Collins to equalise for the Gulls with just five minutes left.  

Deep into stoppage time, captain Cav Miley ran from deep in his own half to drill the ball past the advancing Mark Halstead to win the game and spark scenes of joyous celebration from the travelling Blues support.

Torquay United 1-2 Southend United – Courtesy of SUFC Media

Having parted company with manager Daryl McMahon just the day before, Dagenham & Redbridge brought leaders Notts County’s twenty-five match unbeaten run to an end with a shock 2-1 win at Meadow Lane with substitute Inih Effiong netting the winner four minutes from time.

Daggers went 1-0 down to a Reuben Rodrigues strike just before the half-hour mark, only for Angelo Balanta to equalise shortly after. The visitors rode their luck somewhat as Notts County hit the post twice and had two good shouts for a penalty turned down but it was certainly their day as against the run of play, Effiong finished off a pacey counter-attack to fire a stunning twenty-yard effort past Sam Slocombe to win the game and lift Daggers up into tenth place – just three points outside the play-offs. 

Notts County 1-2 Dagenham & Redbridge – Courtesy of DRFC Media

Vanarama National League South

Substitute Alfie Matthews netted Braintree Town’s winner from the spot ten minutes before the end as the Iron overcame Farnborough 1-0 in a close encounter at the Easy As HGV Stadium.  

The victory marked Braintree’s tenth league and cup game without defeat and they remain in sixth place inside the play-off spots – three points ahead of Chelmsford City in seventh.

Ebbsfleet extended their lead at the top of the table to thirteen points as they overcame Chelmsford City 1-0 at Melbourne Park with substitute Greg Cundle netting the winner in the fifty-second minute.

Concord Rangers slipped to the bottom of the table following a disastrous 5-0 home defeat at the hands of fellow relegation strugglers Weymouth. Bradley Ash (2) Harry Kyprianou, Tom Blair and Akheem Rose scored the Terras goals.

Pitching-In Isthmian League Premier Division

Bishop’s Stortford Town were held to a 1-1 draw by Horsham, with the visitors taking the lead in the tenth minute through Shamir Fenelon only for Ryan Charles to equalise for Blues just after the break. 

They remain top of the table on goal difference, with two games in hand over Aveley.    

Aveley enjoyed a 2-1 win at relegation-threatened Herne Bay to stay in second place. The Millers took the lead in the eighth minute through Tom Stephen only for Bay to strike back almost immediately when Marcel Barrington headed home Mason Saunders-Henry’s cross at the far post.

Aveley’s winner came in the sixty-eighth minute when after George Sykes was fouled in the area, Siju Odelusi converted the spot kick to take the points back to Essex.

In a game of few chances, Canvey Island and relegation-threatened Corinthian-Casuals drew 0-0 at King George’s Field. The point keeps the Gulls in fifth place and inside the play-off spots.

Haringey Borough inflicted a 6-1 defeat over bottom club Brightlingsea Regent at Coles Park. 

Six different players were on the scoresheet for Borough – Erald Desai, Matt Young, Ben Allen, Stef Georgiou, Callum Ismail and Joshua Bridgeman. Jermaine Anderson netted Regent’s consolation goal just a minute from the end.

Kingstonian beat Bowers & Pitsea 1-0 in this battle at the bottom of the table with Danny Dudley netting their winner in the seventieth minute. The victory leaves the K’s six points ahead of Bowers, who had Julian Gibson sent off in stoppage time, in eighteenth spot. 

In an entertaining encounter, Billericay Town and Lewes shared the spoils with a 1-1 draw at the Dripping Pan.  

Lewes 1-1 Billericay Town – Courtesy of BTFC Media

Lewes took the lead in the thirty-sixth minute when Joe Taylor’s shot was deflected into his own net by Michael Chambers. Kareem Isiaka equalised for the Blues just after the hour mark and although both sides had chances to win the game, the respective defences held firm to see out time.  

Pitching-In Isthmian League North

In the top of the table clash, Hashtag United extended their winning run to eighteen games in a row to extend their lead at the top of the table to seven points after a 3-2 victory over nine-man AFC Sudbury, who had Joshua Stokes and Joe Grimmond sent off, at the Len Salmon Stadium.

 Former Nottingham Forest, Sunderland and Southend United man Greg Halford (2, including one from the spot) and Max Cornhill netted for Tags, whilst Nnamadi Nwachuku (his thirty-fifth of the season) and Joshua Pollard scored Suds goals.  

Heybridge Swifts maintained their position in the play-off spots with a 3-0 win over ten-man New Salamis, who had Freddie Tandon sent off near the end. Rob Harvey, Sam Carter and Matt Price were Swifts’ scorers.

A goal in each half was enough to give Grays Athletic bragging rights over local rivals Tilbury with Roman Campbell and Callum Watts scoring in a comfortable 2-0 win at Parkside.

In a game of few chances, Great Wakering and Maldon & Tiptree played out a 0-0 draw at Burroughs Park. The visitors almost took the points late on with Lewis Jaggs twenty-five-yard screamer rattling the outside of the Rovers’ post.

Lowestoft Town cruised to a comfortable 4-0 win over ten-man Witham Town with goals by Adam Hipperson (2) Kyle Haylock and Jake Reed. 

Town’s Gaz Dautia was sent off after being shown two yellow cards late on. 

Brentwood Town drew 1-1 with resurgent Coggeshall Town 

at the Arena. The Seed Growers took the lead in the eleventh minute as Stan Leech headed home, only for Town to equalise just before half-time when Matt Cripps nodded in George Craddock’s corner. 

Basildon United’s Shane Temple scored the winner in the Bees’ 1-0 victory against Stowmarket Town at Greens Meadow only to then be shown a red card late on. Basildon held on to take the points in a game of few chances.

East Thurrock came from behind to win 2-1 at relegation-threatened Hullbridge Sports. Martin Tuohy opened the scoring for the home team just before half-time, but in a dramatic turnaround Rocks scored twice in eight minutes – just before and after the hour mark through Jack Hayes and Alex Hernandez, to take the three points.   

Essex Senior League

Enfield remains top after their 3-0 win at Takeley. Louis Johnson (2) and Alex Warman scored all three goals before the break.

Redbridge defeated Halstead Town 2-0, their tenth straight win of the season, with goals from Jamie Price and James Barlow.

FC Clacton returned to third spot with Adam Tilson (2) Jordan Lartey, Mekhi McKenzie and Teddy Collis all on target in their 5-0 defeat of Southend Manor.

Joe Gregory scored the only goal of the game as White Ensign won 1-0 at West Essex.

Ilford ran out 5-0 winners over Clapton with goals from Josh Boxhall, Jake Chadwick, Jack Zelinski, Connor Jones and Caleb Mensah.

Athletic Newham won 2-1 with Richard Kone scoring twice at Little Oakley. Danny Garrad netted for the Acorns.

Saffron Walden Town defeated Sawbridgeworth Town 3-0 with goals from Tom Skelton, Ryan Melaugh and Charlie Smith.

Woodford Town won 3-0 against Stanway Rovers on Friday night with goals from Ernest Okoh, Luke Parrott and Wale Ododoyin.

Buckhurst Hill shared the spoils with a 0-0 draw against Stansted.

Tenants Romford lost 4-3 to landlords Barking in a thriller at Mayesbrook Park.  

Luke Hurst netted a hat-trick whilst Ronaldo Kapica also scored for the Blues. Hassan Nalbant (2) and Anthony Furlonge were on target for Romford.           

Essex Olympian League

Leaders Hutton were surprisingly beaten 1-0 by Sungate at Tilbury FC whilst second-place Rayleigh Town defeated Galleywood 2-0 at Clarks Field with goals from Harry Talbot and Philip Anunwa.

Alex Tredgett (2) and substitute Frankie Fealty were on target for Shenfield Association in their 3-0 win at Bishop’s Stortford Swifts.

Runwell Sports ran out impressive 6-1 winners at Canning Town with Gianni Frankis and Charlie Little both scoring twice. James Dalton was also on target for Sports.

Andrew Webster netted a hat-trick in Leigh Ramblers’ 3-0 win at Kelvedon Hatch.

Jake Jones and Albert Perry scored Toby’s goals in their 2-1 win over Springfield, who had Robbie Norris sent off following two yellow cards. Finlay Dorrell netted for the visitors.