Vanarama National League
It proved to be a positive weekend for the region’s clubs with both Dagenham & Redbridge and Southend United picking up important points.
Josh Walker and Angelo Balanta found the net as the Daggers recovered a two-goal deficit to earn a share of the spoils at Torquay United.
Earlier, Asa Hall and Danny Wright had given the Plainmoor side the advantage. The results lifted Dagenham into fourth place.
Matt Dennis continued his rich vein of form, netting his third goal in as many games to lift Southend United clear of the dropzone.
Dennis provided a cool finish early in the game as the Blues won by a goal to nil at fellow strugglers, Weymouth. Kevin Maher’s men are up to nineteenth place.
Vanarama National League South
Chelmsford City continued their climb away from the dropzone with a single-goal success over Bath City at the Melbourne Stadium.
Tom Blackwell provided the finish after Cameron James and Simeon Jackson had fashioned an opening. this was the Clarets second-successive victory. They move up to seventeenth place as a result.
Concord Rangers were beaten by the odd goal in three at Hampton & Richmond Borough – Jake Peck on target for the Beach Boys.
Meanwhile, Billericay Town clawed themselves within a point of the safety zone following a hard-fought 1-1 draw with high-flying Maidstone United at New Lodge.
Shaq Coulthirst’s deflected effort handed Town the lead in front of another sizable home crowd. However, the Stones rescued a point thanks to a goal from substitute, Reece Grant eight minutes from time.
Braintree Town are now looking nervously over their shoulder after going down 2-1 at Dorking Wanderers. Stefan Ilic netted the Iron’s consolation – They sit a single point and a place above Billericay at the bottom.
Pitching In Isthmian League Premier Division
Hornchurch continue to climb the table after a goal in each half from Ola Ogunwamide and Lewwis Spence saw off Bishop’s Stortford at Bridge Avenue.
Unfortunately, that was as good as it got for our local sides. Antonis Vasiliou and Tyrique Clarke did the damage as Wingate & Finchley beat Bowers & Pitsea by two unanswered goals. Meanwhile, Brightlingsea Regent were beaten 4-2 in an entertaining contest by Kingstonian. Zack Littlejohn and Aaron Blair scoring for the North Essex outfit.
Pitching In Isthmian League North
Aveley remain top of the table after goals from George Sykes and Jon Benton proved sufficient to see off Hashtag United in front of a 422-strong crowd at the Len Salmon Stadium.
Canvey Island recovered from their surprise defeat at the hands of Great Wakering Rovers by easing past Romford by three goals to nil. Matthew Price, Evans Kouassi (penalty) and Callum Fitzer were on-target for the Gulls.
Grays Athletic also remain in contention. Geofrey Okonkwo and a
Anointed Chukwu brace helped the home side to a notable 3-0 victory over fellow promotion hopefuls, Dereham Town at Parkside.
Brentwood Town were 3-1 winners over struggling Hullbridge Sports in a Friday night fixture. Tom Richardson and two from Matt Cripps saw the hosts home. Albert Levett with Sports’ consolation.
Heybridge Swifts left it late before getting past battling Basildon United. Darren Phillips and Joseph Claridge (penalty) netted in the final eight minutes to secure the points. Meanwhile, Maldon & Tiptree were dealt a blow after a single Jake Clowsley goal saw them slip at AFC Sudbury.
Elsewhere, Witham Town remain in trouble after going down 3-2 at Stowmarket Town. Luke Stanley and Ramiah Mills with the visitors’ goals.
Essex Senior League
With several matches falling foul of the weather, Stansted closed the gap on leaders Walthamstow to ten points with a 2-1 win over Sawbridgeworth Town at Hargrave Park.
Stanway Rovers passed up an opportunity to make ground after losing 4-2 at home to Saffron Walden Town. Meanwhile, Athletic Newham picked up the points – Ilford on the wrong end of a 3-0 scoreline at the Newham Leasure Centre.
Game of the day was at Little Oakley, where visitors’ FC Clacton won a seven-goal thriller by four goals to three.
Essex Olympian League
With several clubs in cup action, only two Premier Division fixtures were played.
Springfield were 4-1 winners over bottom of the table Canning Town at the West ham Lesuire Centre. Meanwhile, Shenfield AFC and Kelvedon Hatch played out a thrilling 3-3 draw at St Martin’s School. Joseph Newson, Wayne Semanshia and Lewis Young were on target for the visitors.