Vanarama National League
Both Dagenham & Redbridge and Southend United found themselves on the wrong end of single-goal defeats.
Blues went down to a third-minute Ryan Taylor strike against promotion-chasing Grimsby Town at Blundell Park.
This was the Blues tenth league defeat of the campaign. They currently sit a single point and place outside the dropzone.
An unfortunate own-goal from Paul McCallum handed Yeovil all three points at the Chigwell Construction Stadium. Daggers also had Elliott Johnson sent off following a clash with Tom Knowles.
Vanarama National South
A goal from Simeon Jackson just after the hour mark was enough to earn Chelsmford City a share of the spoils at Tonbridge Angels. Joe Turner had given the Kent club a first-half lead – The Clarets remain third from bottom.
Concord Rangers went down by the odd goal in three at Bath City – Danny Green on target for the mid-table Beach Boys. Meanwhile, Braintree Town and Billericay Town occupy the bottom two places. The Iron found themselves on the wrong end of a 2-0 scoreline against Havant & Waterlooville at Cressing Road.
Billericay remain three points adrift after Hampton & Richmond Borough won by a Jake Gray goal to nil at New Lodge.
Pitching In Isthmian League
Bowers & Pitsea followed up an incredible midweek win at Brightlingsea Regent by overcoming Haringey Borough at the Len Salmon Stadium.
Anthony Mcdonald fired Borough ahead five minutes before the interval. However, late goals from Lewis Manor and Callum Leahy handed Bowers the points and moved them up to sixteenth in the table.
Incredibly, two of the regions’ clubs were left frustrated by a power outage, causing floodlight failure. Hornchurch and Carshalton were locked at 1-1, while Brightlingsea Regent railed by a goal to nil against Potters Bar Town when the lights went out.
East Thurrock United enjoyed better fortunes. Alex Hernandez netted a tenth-minute penalty in their 1-1 draw with Corinthian-Casuals at Rookery Hill.
Pitching In Isthmian League North
League leaders, Canvey island left it late to see off a dogged Coggeshall Town side at Park Lane.
On this occasion, the free-scoring Gulls were reliant on a Callum Fitzer strike two minutes from time to snaffle the points. Canvey were watched by another impressive crowd, numbering 420 – they hold a three-point advantage over second-placed Dereham Town, who thrashed Romford by four goals to nil at Mayesbrook Park.
Aveley are in fourth following a 5-0 thrashing of Felixtowe & Walton United. Jon Benton scored four times in the opening period, while Manny Ogunrinde added a fifth just after the hour.
Grays Athletic are also amongst the play-off contenders, although they were left frustrated when Adam Vyse fired home a last-minute penalty to earn hosts, Witham Town a share of the spoils at the Simarco Stadium.
Earlier, Joe Paxman had given Grays the lead six minutes after the restart. They maintain their place in the top five on goal difference from Stowmarket Town, who were held to a goalless draw by Hashtag United.
Brentwood Town’s incredible revival under Rod Stringer continued. Freddie Gard netted the only goal of the game to edge out Heybridge Swifts at the Arena. This was Town’s eighth-successive victory in all competitions. They are up to ninth.
The battle to avoid the drop is hotting up with Great Wakering Rovers and Basildon United earning important victories on the road.
Rovers stunned play-off hopefuls, Maldon & Tiptree at the Wallace Binder Ground.
Glenn Robson’s men netted twice within two first-half minutes. Jake Gordon fired home from the penalty spot, then Martin Tuohy doubled the villagers’ advantage as they looked to earn Robson a third league success in their last four outings.
Scott Kemp pulled one back for the Jammers seven minutes before the interval. However, Rovers held firm throughout the second period.
Ten-man Bees won a huge relegation six-pointer at Hullbridge Sports. Ruben Carvalho netted their twelfth-minute winner. The visitors were forced to play out the remaining half an hour a man short following the dismissal of Neville Revilino.
Barking have slipped into trouble following their 4-0 defeat at Bury Town. George Purcell saw red for the East Londoners.
Essex Senior League – Errington Challenge Cup
Walthamstow walloped Ilford by four unanswered goals at the Cricklefield Stadium and they are joined in the next round by Stanway Rovers, who saw off Little Oakley by four goals to two in an entertaining encounter at the Hawthorns – Ernest Okoh bagging a brace for the home side.
Redbridge eased out Southend Manor 2-0. Meanwhile, several ties were settled by a penalty shootout. West Essex and Sawbridgeworth Town held their nerve to overcome St Margaretsbury and Hoddesdon Town respectively following goalless encounters. Clapton are also through, edging out Takeley following a 1-1 draw.
Essex Olympian League Premier Division
With several clubs in Premier Cup action, only four league encounters were played.
Ongar Town made ground on the leaders, Basildon Town with a 3-0 triumph at Galleywood – They leapfrog Rayleigh Town, who were surprisingly held to a 2-2 draw by Springfield at London Road.
Kelvedon Hatch won by three unanswered goals at bottom of the table, Harold Wood Athletic. Meanwhile, Shenfield AFC moved clear of the dropzone with a 4-2 win at Bishop’s Stortford Swifts.