Vanarama National League
It doesn’t just rain, it simply pours upon Southend United. Nevertheless, Blues fans turned out in impressive numbers at Meadow Lane to witness their side slide to a 4-1 defeat at the hands of Notts County.
Following the confirmation that the club was under another transfer embargo due to a debt owed to HMRC, supporters made the trip more in hope than expectation. However, Sam Dalby provided them with something to cheer about with a tenth-minute opener.
But that was as good as it got for Kevin Maher’s side. A brace from Kyle Wootton, in between goals from Cal Roberts and Kyle Cameron, provided a comfortable success for the hosts.
Vanarama National League South
Concord Rangers went down by the odd goal in three at Ebbsfleet United.
Lewis Simper was on target for the Beach Boys. However, an early Alfie Egan strike, coupled with Greg Cundle’s late effort ensured the points remained with the Kent side.
Meanwhile, Billericay Town’s derby with Chelmsford City was postponed due to a COVID outbreak amongst the Blues squad.
Pitching In Isthmian League Premier Division
Lewwis Spence and Tom Wraight scored for Hornchurch in their 2-1 win at Wingate & Finchley. George Winn saw red for the Urchins, while the Blues’ Tyrique Clarke was also dismissed after picking up two bookings.
It proved to be a bleak afternoon for the regions other Premier Division clubs. Brightlingsea Regent went down 3-0 at home to Worthing. Oliver Pearce scoring twice for the visitors – Callum Kealey adding a third.
Jake Gordon scored East Thurrock United’s goal in their 3-1 defeat at Horsham. Bowers & Pitsea lost by a similar margin to Lewes at the Len Salmon Stadium. James White with a late consolation for the home side.
Haringey Borough also continues to struggle. The North Londoners were thrashed by five unanswered goals at promotion-chasing Folkestone Invicta.
Pitching In Isthmian League North
Canvey Island remain top of the table, but it’s now back-to-back defeats for the Gulls after Evan Collard’s 66th-minute strike earned second-placed Stowmarket Town the points at the Frost Financial Stadium.
Aveley are in contention thanks to a 2-1 win over AFC Sudbury at Parkside. Alex Akrofi netted from the penalty spot, while Jon Benton wrapped up the points in a hard-fourth encounter for the Millers.
Brentwood Town slipped to a surprise defeat as Tilbury won 2-1 at the Arena. Eljay Worrell and a James Love own-goal proved sufficient for the Dockers. Tom Richardson pulled one back late on for the home side.
Grays Athletic missed an opportunity to climb back into the play-off places as they were held 2-2 at Bury Town. Lewis Clark and Jack McQueen were on target for Grays. Meanwhile, Hashtag United won an entertaining encounter at Coggeshall Town by four goals to two. Luke Hirst (2), Jesse Waller-Lassen and Sam Bantick scored for the visitors, this after Milo Grimes and Callum Harrison had fired the Seedgrowers into a 2-1 lead.
Maldon & Tiptree won a seesaw battle with Romford at the Wallace Binder Ground. Scott Kemp, Shomari Barnwell and Charlee Hughes scored for the Jammers in a 3-2 triumph – An Al-Amin Kazeem own-goal and Jacopo Gatti providing Romford’s response.
Steve Tilson’s Heybridge Swifts side impressively saw off promotion-hopefuls, Dereham Town by three goals to one at the Aspen Waite Arena.
Daniel Walker scored twice for the Swifts, while Darius Ghinea put the home side out of sight with a third.
Great Wakering Rovers continue to climb away from the relegation zone. The Rovers won 2-1 at struggling Witham Town thanks to goals from Billy Johnson and Martin Tuohy. Adam Vyse scored for Witham, who remain third from bottom.
At the seventeenth attempt, Hullbridge Sports tasted a league victory for the first time with former West Ham United striker, Tony Stokes bagging a brace as Barking were beaten by the odd goal in three.
Jay Leader had given the East Londoners a 17th-minute lead at Mayesbrook Park – They are now just two points above the dropzone.
Essex Senior League
Red-hot Walthamstow are now nine points clear at the top following their 8-1 demolition of Southend Manor at Southchurch Park.
Jason Hallett hit a hat-trick, while Harrison Carnegie, Courtney Homans, Callum Ibe and Charlie Edwards were also amongst the goals for the visitors.
Second-placed Redbridge lost ground after drawing 2-2 at Enfield. James Barlow and Loui Hazelwood were on target for the away side.
Elsewhere, Hoddesdon Town were 3-1 winners over Takeley, while Little Oakley won 2-0 at Sporting Bengal United. West Essex won their Friday night encounter with Clapton by three goals to two. Cockfosters versus Ilford, and White Ensign’s clash with Sawbridgeworth Town ended goalless.
Essex Olympian League
A goal from substitute, Jamie Bradbourn was enough for Basildon Town to win a tight encounter at Rayleigh Town and maintain their four-point advantage at the top of the table.
Hutton are second following their 2-1 win at bottom of the table Canning Town. Kelvedon Hatch are in the top half after seeing off Shenfield AFC 3-1.
Leigh Ramblers beat inconsistent Old Southendian by three goals to one at Garon Park. Matthew Brinklow, Barv Waiwaiku and Nathan Dewberry were on target for the Ramblers. Mitchell Ali responding for the Old Boys.
James Baughurst and Eugene Sago found the net as Bishop’s Stortford Swifts beat Sungate by two goals to nil at Silver Leys.