#YellowSport Non-League Round Up…

Vanarama National League
Dagenham & Redbridge and Southend United created enough chances throughout for either one of them to have won this entertaining encounter with ease, but in the end, both were forced to settle for a 1-1 draw in a match that defined the old cliché of a game of two halves.

Courtesy of Southend United Media, highlights from the Blues 1-1 draw at Dagenham & Redbridge

The Daggers dominated the first forty-five minutes and were most unfortunate to go into the break only 1-0 up following a spectacular twenty-yard strike by Junior Morias past debutant keeper Blondy Nna Noukeu, on loan from Stoke City, in the Blues’ goal.

Kevin Maher replaced Jake Hyde with Jason Demetriou at the start of the second half. The tactical reorganisation that followed revitalised Blues

but despite having most of the play and creating several good opportunities, the best of which saw Noor Husin’s twenty-yard shot tipped over the bar by Elliot Justham, they were unable to break down Daggers’ determined defence until twelve minutes before the end, when Demetriou’s cross from the right wing was deflected into the path of fellow substitute Callum Powell, who poked the ball into the net from close range to record his fourth goal of the season.

Southend almost won it at the death when Kacper Lopata glanced Powell’s cross past the post from just a few yards out. But in truth, it was a game neither team deserved to lose, a draw being a fair result.

Courtesy of Dagenham & Redbridge Media, boss, Daryl McMahon provides his thoughts on the 1-1 draw with Southend United

Vanarama National League South
Third-place Chelmsford City left it late to take the points in their 2-0 win against Cheshunt. Henry Ochieng curled home a beautiful shot from thirty yards three minutes from time before substitute Charlie Ruff sealed the win shortly after when he shot past Cheshunt goalkeeper Joe Rose from outside the box.

The Clarets’ Arsenal loanee keeper, Ovie Ejeheri had earlier saved Brandon Adams’ spot-kick whilst the visitor’s miserable afternoon was further compounded near the end when Taylor McKenzie was shown the red card after a clash with City captain Dave Winfield.

Dover Athletic dominated from the start and ran out 3-1 winners against Braintree Town at the Crabble Athletic Ground with Chike Kandi, Luke Baptiste and Alfie Pavey on the scoresheet. Baris Altintop netted a late consolation goal for the Iron ten minutes before the end but by that stage, the game was all but over as a contest.

Concord Rangers were beaten 2-0 at second-placed Havant & Waterlooville to drop into the bottom three.

Courtesy of Beach Boys TV, Concord Rangers boss, Chris Search provides his thoughts on the 2-0 defeat at Havant & Waterlooville

The Hawks dominated throughout, with early second-half goals from Jason Prior and Mo Faal seeing them through to a comprehensive and easy win. Indeed, such was their domination, goalkeeper Ross Worner was not called upon to make a save during the game.

Pitching In Isthmian League North
Lowestoft Town made it eight wins out of eight with their 2-0 win over Tilbury at Crown Meadow to open up a seven-point lead at the top of the league.

The Trawler Boys opened the scoring in the thirteenth minute when Travis Cole headed home Lewis McIntosh’s corner and they doubled their lead
just before the break when Kyle Haylock lobbed the keeper from twenty-five yards.

Felixstowe & Walton condemned Maldon & Tiptree to their eighth successive defeat of the season with a comprehensive 3-1 win at Dellwood Avenue.

Goals from Josh Hitter and Billy Holland sent them into the break 2-0 up before George Clarke was brought down in the box and Joe Whight
converted the penalty just past the hour mark.

Joe Giddings pulled one back for the Jammers shortly after, but the Felixstowe defence held firm to take the points despite several chances falling their way just before the end.

Goals from George Craddock and Tom Richardson within the first half hour of the match were enough to see Brentwood Town through to a 2-0 win over Basildon United and move them up to fifth in the table.

Great Wakering Rovers’ 2-1 victory at Burroughs Park left Coggeshall Town still searching for their first victory of the season.

Frederick King put the visitors ahead just past the half-hour mark, but
Rovers equalised when Kewin Kwiek’s shot was saved and Eusebio Da Silva Ca netted from the rebound. Their winner came following a fine run by Callum Boylan, who laid the ball back for Kweik to tap home.

East Thurrock beat Bury Town 1-0 at Ram Meadow with Brian Moses early goal proving to be the difference between the two teams. Cemal Ramadan missed from the spot for Town and despite having Oliver Spooner sent off near the end, Rocks saw out the game as worthy winners.

Essex Senior League
West Essex took over at the top of the table on goal difference with a 4-0 win at bottom club Southend Manor. Marlon Ortiz (2) Callum Bloss and Cameron Gray were their scorers.

Former leaders, Redbridge were defeated 2-0 at Oakside by Romford, with Charlie Morris and Jesse Olukoko both netting in the last fifteen minutes. Meanwhile, Stanway Rovers beat Clapton 4-0, with Ernest Okoh scoring twice.

Enfield won 3-0 away at Little Oakley with Danny Norton, Gavin Cockman and Dwade James on target. Despite taking the lead through Ben Morris, Halstead Town stayed in the bottom three after losing 2-1 at home to FC Clacton. Charlie Thompson and Jack Clowsley with the visitors’ goals

George Powell and Glen O’Hanlon saw Takeley through by two unanswered goals against White Ensign.

David Etchering scored the winner in stoppage time as Sawbridgeworth Town defeated local rivals Stansted 3-2, this despite the Robins twice coming from behind at Crofters End. Carl Conway and Connor
Hammond was on target for Stansted. Sawbridgeworth’s other goals came from Sadik Akambi and Zac Davison.

Woodford Town defeated Athletic Newham 3-1 with Jaedon Phillips, Lee Sharpe, and Dimi Cristoe on the scoresheet. Christopher Nguidjoi netted for Newham.

Ilford beat Buckhurst Hill 3-1 at the Cricklefield Stadium after taking a 3-0 lead just before half-time.

Hassan Nalbant pulled one back for the Stags before being shown a second yellow card in the final seconds of the game.

Friday night’s fixture saw Saffron Walden Town beat Barking 2-1 at Maysbrook Park with goals from Jason Hallett and Connor John Scully. Luke Hirst scored for Barking, who were down to ten men after only a minute when Eli Justin Benoit was shown a straight red card.