#YellowSport Non-League Round-up…

Vanarama National League
Southend United recorded a vital victory at Altrincham as they looked to haul themselves away from the foot of the table.

Rhys Murphy bundled home inside 40 seconds to open the scoring at Moss Lane. Sam Dalby added a second after Zak Brunt had fashioned an opening.

After the interval, Blues stopper, Steve Arnold, saved a Ryan Colclough spot-kick and although Alty substitute, Dan Mooney reduced the arrears, the visitors held firm to run out 2-1 winners.

However, it is three defeats on the spin for Dagenham & Redbridge. Angelo Balanta cancelled out Frank Vincent’s opener for Notts County at Meadow Lane. But the Magpies stole the points thanks to Kyle Wootton’s winner midway through the second half.

Courtesy of Dagenham & Redbridge FC Media – Highlights from the Daggers 2-1 Vanarama National League defeat at Notts County

Buildbase FA Trophy Second Round
A number of the regios’ clubs fell by the wayside at the second round stage of the FA Trophy.

Braintree Town proved to be an exception, beating Potters Bar Town 3-1 at Cressing Road. Arsamit Krasniqi netted twice for the Iron – Luke Holness also on target.

2020 finalists, Concord Rangers suffered a 5-0 defeat at the hands of AFC Totton at the Aspect Arena. Meanwhile, just down the road 2001 winners, Canvey Island saw their mammoth unbeaten run concluded as Tonbridge Angels escaped with a 1-0 success thanks to a Joe Turner goal just before the hour.

Courtesy of Canvey Island FC Media – Gulls boss, Brad Wellmen provides his thoughts on his sides’ 1-0 defeat at the hands of Tonbridge Angels

A bumper crowd of 550 saw Brentwood Town go down by the odd goal in three to Dulwich Hamlet. Rob Harvey netted for Rod Stringer’s side. Chelmsford City went down by the same margin. Dara scored for the Clarets, but Cheshunt emerged winners at the Melbourne Community Stadium.

Norman Wabo handed Billericay Town the lead at Maidstone United. However, the Kent outfit forced the game to penalties thanks to a late Joan Luque strike and then edged the shootout 6-5 to progress into the third round.

Courtesy of Billericay Town FC Media – Highlights from the Blues Buildbase FA Trophy tie at Maidstone United

Pitching In Isthmian League Premier Division
It was a better day for the regions’ teams. First-half goals from Charlie Ruff and Lewwis Spence earned Hornchurch a 2-1 victory at Bognor Regis Town.

Brightlingsea Regent produced a resilient dispaly to earn a share of the spoils with Corinthian-Casuals at King George’s Field. The outcome, a goalless draw.

East Thurrock United also picked up a point, although they’ll be frustrated it wasn’t three. Callum Robinson and an Alex Hernandez penalty had handed the Rocks a two-goal advantage at Merstham. However, the home side had other ideas, hitting back in the final two minutes through Korrey Henry and Dylan Adjei-Hersey to force a draw.

Pitching In Isthmian League North
With league leaders, Canvey Island on Buildbase FA Trophy duty, Aveley and Grays Athletic closed the gap with important victories.

Aveley won an entertaining clash with Witham Town by four goals to two at Parkside. Harry Gibbs, Alex Akrofi (penalty), Jon Benton and George Sykes were on target for the home side – Suaibo Balde and John Adebiyi responding for the visitors.

A Geoffrey Okonkwo goal fifteen minutes from time saw Grays home against Hashtag United at the Len Salmon Stadium. Meanwhile, Heybridge Swifts continue to improve under the management of Steve Tilson. Swifts won by the odd goal in three at Tilbury. Darius Ghinea bagged a brace for the visitors – Ola Ogunwamide firing home from the spot late on for the Dockers.

Basildon United continue to haul themselves away from the relegation zone. Alexander Balisani scored twice, while Ruben Carvalho also found the net during an impressive 3-0 rout of Romford at Gardiners Close. The Bees are now up to fourteenth. Romford’s afternoon was compounded by the dismissal of Bleron Ademi.

Darnell Goather-Braithwaite’s goal proved to be a mear consolation as Barking suffered a 6-1 defeat at the hands of Stowmarket Town at Mayesbrook Park. Coggeshall Town also found themselves on the receiving end as hosts, Dereham Town won by three unanswered goals at Aldiss Park.

Elsewhere, bottom of the table Hullbridge Sports picked up what could prove to be a useful point. Tobi Adekunle grabbed a late equaliser as AFC Sudbury were held to a 1-1 draw at Lower Road.

Essex Senior League
Top of the table Walthamstow were held to a 2-2 draw by Hoddesdon Town at Wadham Lodge. However, and damage was minimalised as second-placed Stanway Rovers and Redbridge, in third, also shared the spoils in another four-goal thriller.

FC Clacton and Cockfosters were the big winners of the day. Clacton won 4-0 at Clapton, while Cockfosters eased home by four goals to one against Sawbridgeworth Town.

Little Oakley won by a goal to nil at Saffron Walden Town and it was the same outcome at Southcurch Park, where Southend Manor slipped up against Stansted.

Ilford also picked up maximum points, seeing off West Essex by two goals to one at the Cricklefield Stadium.

Essex Olympian League
Premier Division

Basildon Town’s lead at the top of the table is four points following their exciting 5-3 win at Leigh Ramblers. Their nearest challengers, Ongar Town, went down by the odd goal in three at Shenfield AFC.

Hutton remain in the chase following a single-goal success at Sungate, while fourth-placed Rayleigh Town slipped to a surprise defeat by the same margin at home to Kelvedon Hatch.

Canning Town and Catholic United shared six goals in a thrilling encounter at the West Ham Community Ground. Meanwhile, there were away wins for Springfield, at Old Southendian, and Bishop’s Stortford Swifts, at Harold Wood Athletic.

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Brian Jeeves

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