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Vanarama National League South

Despite having their captain Tom Bonner sent off, ten-man Dartford completed their tenth victory in eleven games to maintain their place at the top of the table with a resounding 4-1 win over fellow promotion challengers Braintree Town at Princes Park Stadium.

Following a goalless first half, Dartford were awarded a penalty after Pierre Fonkeu was brought down in the forty-ninth minute and Charlie Sheringham duly converted from the spot to put them 1-0 up. 

They doubled their lead just after the hour mark when Luke Coulson’s spectacular long-range shot flew past Jack Sims in the Iron’s goal. Kiran Clements scored with a header to give Braintree hope but two late strikes – in the ninetieth minute and then in stoppage time by substitute Samir Carruthers, sealed the three points for the Darts.   

Isthmian League Premier Division

Canvey Island continued their impressive home form with a 2-0 win over high-flying Bishop’s Stortford at the Movie Starr Stadium.  

Bradley Sach and Evans Kouassi were on target for the Gulls as Bishop’s Stortford lost for the first time in eleven matches.  

The score certainly did not flatter Canvey at all as they dominated throughout and hit the crossbar three times during the match.

Courtesy of Canvey Island Media, Evans Kouassi scores the Gulls second goal during their 2-0 victory over Bishop’s Stortford

Kingstonian’s 2-1 win against Billericay Town was their third consecutive home win at their temporary Imperial Fields base.  

All the goals came in the first half with Lee Lewis putting the K’s ahead in the nineteenth minute and Bradley Stevenson netting Billericay’s equaliser shortly after. 

Kieron Cadogan’s close-range finish just six minutes before half-time proved to be Kingstonian’s winner.

Courtesy of Billericay town Media, highlights from the Blues 2-1 defeat at Kingstonian

Tom Beere scored the only goal of the game as Carshalton Athletic beat Bowers & Pitsea 1-0 at the Len Salmon Stadium. Carshalton dominated throughout and Bowers did not manage their first shot on target until the seventy-fourth minute. The Robins’ win was their third in as many matches.     

Haringey Borough registered a comprehensive 3-0 win over Folkestone Invicta. The home side made the perfect start when they opened the scoring in only the second minute through Tage Kennedy.  

Folkestone hit back and were unfortunate not to equalise shortly after Ronnie Dolan’s shot skimmed the crossbar. Midway through the second half, Johnny Ashman’s low cross was deflected into his own goal by Ian Gayle. Jorge Djassi Sambu scored the third Haringey goal just before the end when he fired high into the top of the net past Bailey Vose.  

Cray Wanderers made it five unbeaten games in a row as they defeated Aveley 2-1 at Hayes Lane. After a slow start, the game sprung into life in the fifty-fourth minute when Ben Krauhaus set up Tom Derry to fire home to put Cray 1-0 up. Aveley’s equaliser came when Benas Vaivada’s cross found Tom Stephen to stab the ball home from close range. The Wands winner came five minutes before time when Mitch Chapman’s spectacular twenty-five-yard strike beat Jonathan North all-ends-up to take the points in stunning fashion.

Brightlingsea Regent and Lewes shared the spoils in a 2-2 draw at North Road. Lewes started brightly and took the lead through the impressive Razz Coleman De-Graft in the ninth minute. The R’s equalised just on the half-hour mark when fullback Jerome Anderson ran almost the entire length of the pitch before beating Lewis Carey. 

Luke Woodward made it 2-1 when he drove home from the edge of the Lewes box before Alfie Young equalised for the visitors when he headed in De-Graft’s cross shortly before the end.

Isthmian League North

Grays Athletic and Heybridge Swifts shared the spoils in an entertaining and sometimes feisty 1-1 draw at Parkside.  

Ross Wall headed the visitors into the lead in the eighteenth minute before Grays equalised just before half-time when George Winn shot home from close range.   

Great Wakering Rovers were beaten 4-2 at home by East Thurrock, despite taking an early lead through Eusebio Da Silva Ca in just the third minute.  

The Rocks were good value for their win however with goals from Brian Moses (2) Ben Steward and Jack Hayes. Reece Stringer scored Rovers’ second goal just after the hour mark.

In the Friday night game, Hashtag United won 3-0 at Hullbridge Sports to move up into the play-off places.  

Olly Miles opened the scoring in the thirty-eighth minute when he tapped home from short range. Toby Aromolaran then headed in Matt Woolridge’s cross to make it 2-0 before former Sunderland, Nottingham Forest and Southend United player Greg Halford scored Tags’ third from the spot in stoppage time.

Maldon & Tiptree beat Basildon United 3-1 to record their first win of the season.  

The Jammers got off to a perfect start, with Harvey Sayer scoring twice in the first five minutes before Lance Atkins smashed home their third just before the half-hour mark. 

Basildon made a triple substitution to try to drag themselves back into the game but to no avail, although they managed a consolation near the end when Tim Monsheju netted from the penalty spot. 

Coggeshall Town’s dismal season continued with a crushing 5-0 home defeat to Stowmarket Town.  

Ollie Sotoyinbo netted a hat-trick with Nathan Stewart and Reggie Lambe also scoring for the Old Gold & Blacks.

Albert Donyinah’s goal just on the hour mark proved to be New Salamis’ winner as they defeated Tilbury 2-1 at Chadfields. Derek Asamoah had earlier opened the scoring for the visitors with an outrageous strike that gave the keeper no chance before Darnell Kithambo fired home Tilbury’s equaliser after Tony Martin’s header had rebounded back to him off the crossbar.

Two early goals by Adam Vyse and Deese Madia set Witham Town on the road to a 3-0 win over Gorleston, who had goalkeeper Jake Jessup sent off at the start of the second half. 

Rash Salau completed the scoring for Town in the fifty-third minute. 

Essex Senior League

Richard Kone netted a hat-trick as Athletic Newham defeated West Essex 4-0 with Daniel Izekor also on the scoresheet for the Kings.

Leaders Enfield continues to set the pace at the top. They enjoyed a resounding 6-0 win at Sawbridgeworth Town with goals from Danny Norton (2) Ibrahim Kehinde, Louis Johnson, Samrai Gebrai and Dwade James.

Redbridge saw off White Ensign 4-0 with Solomon Ogunwomoju (2) Joey May and Bradley Bennett were their scorers.

FC Clacton won 5-1 at Southend Manor after a hat-trick from Mekhi McKenzie and further goals from Reuben Cowler and Teddy Collis. Joe Darby scored Manor’s consolation.

Glen O’Hanlon, George Wappett and Hodje Almeida-Joaquim were on target for Takeley as they triumphed 3-1 at Stansted.

Buckhurst Hill beat Barking 4-0 with goals from Eziekel Badamosi (2) Nathan Sollosi and Hassan Nalbant.

In the Friday night game, Jaedon Phillips (2) and Luke Parrott were amongst the scorers in Woodford Town’s 4-0 defeat of Clapton.

In the remaining ESL matches, Little Oakley defeated Stanway Rovers 3-2, Saffron Walden won 4-1 at Halstead Town and Ilford triumphed 1-0 at Romford.  

Prokit Essex Olympian League

Canning Town won 5-0 against Galleywood at West Ham Community Ground with goals from Stephen Ikumelo (2) Napat Pattanawanitkitkul (2) and Jack Williamson.  

Kelvedon Hatch won away at Leigh Ramblers with goals from Drew Klessa-Smith and Reece Simpson.

Catholic United lost 3-1 at home to Old Southendian.

Sungate defeated Shenfield Association 2-0 at St Martin’s School.