#YellowSport Non-League Round-up

Billericay Town edged out Dagenham & Redbridge by the odd goal in five following a thoroughly entertaining warm-up encounter at a damp New Lodge.

Josh Walker superbly curled the Daggers into an early lead. However, Michael Chambers restored parity on the stroke of half-time with a powerful header.

Frankie Sutherland gave Billericay the lead after the interval from the spot before one of the Daggers trialists again levelled the score as the game moved towards its final stages.

But Billericay was to inflict a first pre-season defeat on the East Londoners – Toyosi Olusanya snatching the winner nine minutes from time.

Goal action from Billericay Town’s 3-2 friendly victory over Dagenham & Redbridge (Courtesy of BTFC Media)

Matthew Rush was Southend United’s goalscorer in their 1-1 draw at Ebbsfleet United, while Temi Babalola and Danny Green were on target for Concord Rangers during their 2-0 victory over Maldon & Tiptree at the Aspect Arena.

Chelmsford City and East Thurrock United played out a goalless draw at Rookery Hill. Aveley continued their preparations ahead of the new season with a 3-1 triumph at Herne Bay.

Jake Gordon was on target for Great Wakering Rovers in their 2-1 win at Harlow Town. The club followed up the victory by announcing the signings of Tambeson Eyong, Mitch Gilbey and Adam Vyse.

A number of the region’s Essex Senior League clubs were involved at the extra-preliminary round stage of the Emirates FA Cup, with eight making progress to the next stage, scheduled for a fortnight.

Saffron Walden Town thrashed Biggleswade United 7-0 whilst Enfield saw off MK Irish 2-1. Southend Manor edged past London Colney by a goal to nil – Stanway Rovers saw off Leverstock Green by the same margin.

West Essex won an entertaining game against Saint Panteleimon 4-2. Meanwhile, Little Oakley, Ilford, Cockfosters got through all-ESL ties against St Margaretsbury, Redbridge and Sawbridgeworth Town respectively.

Athletic Newham faces a replay against Virginia Water after a 1-1 draw, whilst Stansted, FC Clacton, Takeley and Woodford Town all bow out. The former were thrashed by four unanswered goals at resurgent Basildon United, while Woodford slipped out by the odd goal in five at Witham Town – Luke Ige, Ben Search (penalty) and Jack Nolde on target for the hosts. Luke McElroy and Richard Asamoah responded for the East Londoners.

Goal action from Basildon United’s Emirates FA Cup triumph over Stansted (Courtesy of Basildon United media)

The matches at Walthamstow and Sporting Bengal United were postponed due to waterlogging and will be rearranged for midweek.

Thanks to Peter Dudley (Twitter: @ped1980) for his continued help and support with Yellow Sports Essex Senior League coverage) 


Brian Jeeves

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