#YellowSport Non-League Round-up

Vanarama National League
Mixed fortunes for the region’s clubs as Dagenham & Redbridge’s play-off hopes took a hit, while Southend United returned to winning ways.

The Daggers appeared to be on their way to a fourth successive league victory when in-form Junior Morais handed them a fifth-minute lead against Notts County at the Chigwell Construction Stadium.

However, the Magpies hit back through Alex Lacey and then an unfortunate own-goal from Will Wright handed Notts the points.

Courtesy of Dagenham & Redbridge Media, highlights from the Daggers 2-1 defeat at the hands of Notts County

Meanwhile, at Roots Hall Stadium, Southend United responded magnificently to their 3-0 home defeat against the Daggers in midweek by overturning a tough Altrincham side in front of another bumper crowd approaching the 6,000-mark.

First-half goals from Nathan Ralph and Matt Dennis did the damage. The Shrimpers remain in twelfth place, level on points with Torquay United.

Courtesy od Southend United Media, highlights from the Blues 2-0 win over Altrincham

Vanarama National League South
The Great Escape is on for Billericay Town after the Blues closed the gap at the bottom to a single point thanks to a 3-1 triumph over play-off contenders, Oxford City at New Lodge.

Michael Chambers and a Dylan Gavin brace did the damage for the Blues who have now taken ten points from the last twelve on offer.

Courtesy of Billericay Town Media, highlights from the Blues 3-1 win over Oxford City

Chelmsford City are now looking anxiously over their shoulder after they slipped to third-bottom following a 1-0 defeat at fellow strugglers, Welling United.

The Clarets have now lost six on the spin, leaving themselves just three points above the dropzone as the league moves into its final furlong.

Braintree Town are not out of the woods either. The Iron went down 2-1 against Maidstone United at Cressing Road. Matt Johnson netted from the penalty spot for the home side. They are six points above Billericay at the bottom.

Pitching In Isthmian League Premier Division
Play-off contenders, Hornchurch returned to winning ways with a 3-1 victory at Merstham.

Erald Desa had given the home side a second-minute lead. However, goals from Rickie Hayles, Liam Nash and Ollie Muldoon handed the Urchins all three points at The Worldflow Stadium.

Towards the wrong end of the table, Brightlingsea Regent played out a goalless draw with Carshalton Athletic, while East Thurrock United remain in danger of relegation after slipping to a 3-1 defeat at Leatherhead. Hope Harry was on target for the Rocks.

Haringey Borough went down by the same margin at Margate. Osanebi Okoh had given the North Londoners the lead before the Kent club hit back through Ken Feyi, Ben Greenhalgh (penalty) and Benas Vaivada.

Bowers & Pitsea travelled to Cray Wanderers on Sunday and came away with all three points following a thrilling 4-3 victory. Tom Hanfrey put through his own goal, while Jamie Dicks, Max Cornhill and Pedro Silva Barbosa Bento De Carvalho ensured a memorable result on the road for the Len Salmon Stadium outfit.

Pitching In Isthmian League North
All-change at the top as Aveley moved two points clear following a 2-0 win at Felixtowe & Walton United. Ryan Scott and Alex Akrofi were on target for the Millers who profited after Canvey Island slipped to a shock 2-1 defeat at Coggeshall Town.

Alex Teniola gave the Seedgrowers the lead. However, the Gulls appeared to have salvaged a point when O’Shane Stewart equalised six minutes from time. But Coggeshall were to provide a twist in the tale. Joshua Pollard netting a last-minute winner to see the home side over the line.

Courtesy of Canvey Island FC Media, O’Shane Stewart’s goal during their 2-1 defeat at Coggeshall Town

Play-off contenders, Grays Athletic also suffered a surprise setback at Witham Town recorded a 3-2 victory at Parkside.

Ryan Melaugh bagged a brace for Grays, while Josh Osude (2) and
Ramiah Mills eased the visitors’ relegation worries.

Ashley Nzala bagged a hat trick, while Matt Cripps was also on target in Brentwood Town’s 4-1 win at Heybridge Swifts. Lance Akins with the home sides’ response. Tilbury also picked up three important points after Roman Campbell (2) and Charles Brown provided the Dockers goals in a 3-1 triumph over AFC Sudbury at Chadfields.

Shomari Barnwell, Robert Clark and Shad Ngandu (penalty) ensured Maldon & Tiptree a 3-0 victory at struggling Great Wakering Rovers. The Burroughs Park outfit are five points above the dropzone.

Hullbridge Sports won their relegation six-pointer with Basildon United by two goals to nil at Gardiners Close. Second-half goals from Roland Oteniya and former West Ham United man, Tony Stokes giving Sports hope of avoiding the drop.

Barney Williams (penalty) and Markos Touroukis handed second from bottom Barking a lifeline as they drew 2-2 with Bury Town. But rock-bottom Romford’s miserable campaign shows no sign of a let-up. Their 3-0 defeat at Dereham Town was their 26th in 32 matches. To rub salt into an already gaping wound, they had Tamberson Eyong sent-off during the second half.

Essex Senior League
Walthamstow have established a seventeen-point lead at the top after overcoming Clapton by three goals to nil at Wadham Lodge.

Callum Ibe bagged a hat-trick for Stow who now have the title very much in their sights.

Redbridge remains in second place following a resounding 3-0 win at Sawbridgeworth Town, while Saffron Walden Town lost ground after they drew 0-0 at FC Clacton.

Cockfosters were the big winners of the day, thrashing West Essex by five goals to one. Meanwhile, Enfield and Ilford enjoyed 2-0 successes over Sporting Bengal United and St Margaretsbury respectively.

Little Oakley edged out Woodford Town by the odd goal in three, and there was a 1-0 win for Takeley over Stanway Rovers.

Athletic Newham and White Ensign played out a goalless draw at the Newham Leisure Centre. Meanwhile, Southend Manor edged a point further clear of the dropzone thanks to a 1-1 draw with Hoddesdon Town at Southchurch Park.

Essex Olympian League
Premier Division

Ongar Town’s lead at the top is now four points after they hammered Sungate by six goals to one.

Second-placed Rayleigh Town kept up the pressure with a 3-1 win at Kelvedon Hatch. However, Basildon Town’s title challenge was dented as they slipped to a surprise 2-1 defeat at Bishop’s Stortford Swifts.

Hutton are fourth following a 1-0 triumph over Springfield, but Catholic United came unstuck as resurgent Canning Town. The home side won by two goals to nil as they looked to pull clear of the relegation zone.

Old Southendian continued to climb thanks to a 3-1 victory on the road over Galleywood. They are behind Shenfield AFC on goal difference, who saw off Leigh Ramblers by a goal to nil.

Brian Jeeves

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