Vanarama National League
Dagenham & Redbridge returned to winning ways with an exciting 3-2 success over Grimsby Town at the Chigwell Construction Stadium.
Dean Rance handed the Daggers a twentieth-minute lead. And although John McAtee equalised on the stroke of half-time, quick goals after the restart from Ibrahim Akanbi and Angelo Balanta turned the tide Dagenham’s way.
Grimsby’s afternoon was compounded further when McAtee was given his marching orders following a late challenge on Mauro Vilhete.
Sam Bell did pull one back for the Mariners, but the hosts held firm and move up to tenth as a result.
Vanarama National League South
Billericay Town are rooted to the bottom of the table after their former frontman, Jake Robinson struck the only goal of the game for league leaders, Dartford at Princes Park.
In a big Essex derby at the Aspect Arena, Concord Rangers and Braintree Town played out a 2-2 draw. Reynolds and Simper were on target for the Beach Boys – Da Costa and Krasniqi responding for the Iron.
Pitching In Isthmian League Premier Division
Daniel Trendall scored twice inside five first-half minutes to hand Bowers & Pitsea a 2-0 derby victory over East Thurrock United at Rookery Hill. The visitors lost substitute, Ben Sartain to a late red card. However, the win moved them up to seventeenth place – Five points and two places above the struggling Rocks.
An own-goal by Simon Cooper along with a Tom Wraight strike proved sufficient for Hornchurch to see off Kingstonian ay Bridge Avenue. The game was watched by a healthy crowd just shy of the 300-mark.
Brightlingsea Regent are also enjoying an upturn in fortunes. Carlos Cachicote da Rocha and Connor Barnby netting for the North Essex club in a 2-0 win at Leatherhead.
Alfred Bawling scored twice for Haringey Borough during their exciting 3-3 draw with Bognor Regis Town at Coles Park. Jorge Djassi -Sambu also scored for the North Londoners who occupy sixteenth.
Pitching In Isthmian League North
Canvey Island were beaten by Dereham Town as the top two went head-to-head at Park Lane.
Shaun Bammant netted the only goal of the game midway through the opening period. the Gulls remain top on goal difference, with two games in hand.
Play-off contenders, Grays Athletic played out a pulsating derby draw with Tilbury at Parkside. David Knight (penalty) and Aron Gordon handed Grays a 2-0 lead before Lee Noble and Roman Campbell (penalty) hit back for the battling Dockers.
Tom Richardson bagged an impressive hat-trick, while Andrew Freeman was also amongst the goals as in-form Brentwood Town made further strides towards the play-off places with a resounding 4-0 win at Witham Town. Brentwood are now just two points behind Aveley, who slipped up at Stowmarket Town. George Sykes scored for the Millers in a 2-1 defeat.
Heybridge Swifts were the big winners of the day, thrashing relegation-haunted Hullbridge Sports by seven goals to one. Charlie Morris and Darius Ghinea scored twice for the Swifts – Emmanuel N’Daw, Lionel Ainsworth and Joseph Claridge completed the rout. George Smith grabbed the scant consolation for Sports.
Hashtag United staged a remarkable recovery to take the points on a dramatic afternoon at Great Wakering Rovers.
Rovers went into the game looking for a fourth victory in five league outings and looked well on their way at the halfway mark. Thomas Anderson handed the home side a 37th-minute lead and although Eli Benoit swiftly restored parity, two quick goals from Martin Tuohy and Ben Brookes saw the home side firmly in control at the break.
But Hashtag produced a comeback of ‘Roy of the Rovers’ proportions after the restart. Toby Aromolaran reduced the arrears shortly before the hour. Then Jesse Waller-Lassen levelled the contest from the penalty spot as the drama continued to unfold.
Luke Hirst won it for the visitors in the final minute. Rovers remain in seventeenth place, while Hashtag are six places better off in eleventh.
Basildon United’s superb run of form continued at Bury Town. Steven Sardina and Marlon Stratford scored late in each half for the Bees to secure a 2-0 victory, moving them six points clear of the dropzone and looking confidently up the table.
Coggeshall Town and Maldon & Tiptree played out an entertaining 2-2 draw. Alex Teniola and Isaac Skubich fired the Seedgrowers into a 2-0 lead before Shomari Barnwell and Napa Malachi hit back for the Jammers.
Barking continues to struggle. the East Londoners went down by a Luke Hipkin goal to nil at AFC Sudbury and are now just a point above the relegation places. Romford are second from bottom. Christian Adu Gyamfi scored late in their 2-1 home defeat at the hands of Felixstowe & Walton United.
Essex Senior League
Harrison Carnegie and Jason Hallett were on target as league leaders, Walthamstow won a hard-fought derby with Woodford Town by the odd goal in three at Wadham lodge. Meanwhile, Ibrahim Kehinde’s brace ensured second-placed Redbridge victory by a similar margin over Cockfosters.
Stansted are third after another 2-1 scoreline saw the Airportmen take the points at Clapton. Takeley and White Ensign were the big winners of the day, seeing off Saffron Walden Town and FC Clacton each by four goals to one respectively.
Sawbridgeworth Town recorded a 3-0 victory over Ilford, while West Essex picked up the pints at St Margaretsbury with a 3-1 triumph. Enfield edged out Little Oakley by the odd goals in five. Meanwhile, Stanway Rovers were left stunned at Hoddesdon Town. the home side winning by two goals to nil.
Essex Olympian League
Graham Harrison scored twice and Antony Aylett added another as leaders, Basildon Town eased to a 3-0 win over Springfield. Second-placed Ongar Town were also amongst the goals, thrashing Canning Town by four goals to nil.
Hutton remain in the chasing pack following a 2-1 win over Leigh Ramblers. Meanwhile, Rayleigh Town took Old Southendian apart, winning 7-0 at Garon Park. Harry Talbot scored four times for the visitors, while Liam Oliver bagged a hat-trick.
Harold Wood Athletic moved off the bottom of the table with a stunning 3-1 win at Catholic United. Meanwhile, Kelvedon Hatch and Sungate both claimed maximum points. Both recorded 3-2 victories over Galleywood and Shenfield AFC respectively.