#YellowSport Non-League Round-Up

Brian Jeeves

Vanarama National League
Dagenham & Redbridge top the table after second-half goals from Josh Walker and Myles Weston earned a 2-1 victory over King’s Lynn Town at The Walks.

A deflected Junior Morias reduced the arrears in stoppage-time. Daggers are ahead of second-placed Boreham Wood on goal difference.

Southend United’s indifferent start to the season continued as they were swept aside at FC Halifax Town.

Jordan Slew, Billy Waters and Niall Maher netted for the home side before Rhys Murphy – who had missed a glorious opportunity early on – pulled one back for the out of sorts Shrimpers.

Vanarama National League South
Charlie Sherringham scored twice, one from the sport, while Simeon Jackson added a third in Chelmsford City’s impressive 3-2 victory at Chippenham Town.

Concord Rangers’ impressive start to the season continued as they played out a 2-2 draw with Maidstone United at the Gallagher Stadium.

Incredibly, the Beach Boys played out the contest with defender Joe Payne taking over in goal following the dismissal of
Myles Roberts. The 2,023-crowd were treated to an entertaining contest. Joan Luque gave Maidstone the lead, while Sam Corne reduced a point for the hosts late on after Danny Green and Lemar Reynolds have given Concord a 2-1 advantage.

Maidstone’s Taylor Curran was also sent off late on as the drama continued. Concord remain in third place, just behind Maidstone and leaders Dartford.

Billericay Town provided a spirited performance at much-fancied Dorking Wanderers. However, the Blues are still awaiting their first league victory of the season after early goals from James McShane and Nicky Wheeler helped the hosts to a 2-1 success.

Norman Wabo followed up to reduce the arrears after Slav Huk had rebuffed his initial spot-kick. Meanwhile, young Billericay goalkeeper, Luis Shamshoum produced an excellent performance to ensure his side stayed in the contest – The New Lodge side remain next to bottom.

Matt Johnson netted Braintree Town’s goal against bath City at Cressing Road. However, the visitors took the points following a 3-1 triumph – this was the Iron’s first defeat of the season.

Billericay Town manager, Kevin Watson, speaking after his sides’ 2-1 defeat at Dorking Wanderers (Courtesy of BTFC Media)

Pitching In Isthmian League Premier Division
Lewis Manor netted a hat-trick, including two from the penalty spot as Bowers & Pitsea recorded a welcome 3-1 win over Wingate & Finchley at the Len Salmon Stadium. Liam Smyth pulled one back for the visitors who also had Alieu Njie sent off just before half-time.

Johnny Ashman and Paulius Ditkevicius were on target for East Thurrock United in front of a bumper crowd of 798 at The Crucial Environmental Stadium. However, hosts Worthing prevailed by the odd goal in five – Oliver Pearce, Alfie Young and Aarran Racine doing the damage.

Hornchurch went down by a goal to nil at Bishop’s Stortford. Frankie Merrifield providing the games’ decisive moment. Meanwhile, Charlie Durling’s goal proved insufficient for Brightlingsea Regent, the North Essex side beaten 3-1 at Kingstonian.

Haringey Borough was also on the receiving end. Alfie Bendle’s late goal giving Corinthian-Casuals a surprise victory at Coles Park.

Pitching In Isthmian League North
Barking top the table following their 2-1 Friday night success over Tilbury at Mayesbrook Park. Barney Williams and Kieran Jones netted for the east Londoners after Phil Roberts had handed the Dockers an eleventh-minute lead.

Charlee Hughes scored twice for Maldon & Tiptree as they edged out Grays Athletic 2-1 in an eagerly anticipated encounter at the Wallace Binder Ground. Anointed Chukwu pulled one back for the visitors – Grays remain fourth and the Jammers fifth despite the result.

Canvey Island are up to sixth after a resounding 4-0 thumping of Hashtag United at the Frost Financial Stadium.

Conor Hubble, Evans Kouassi, Matthew Price and Evans Kouassi netted for the Gulls. Canvey’s Elliott Ronto and Hashtag’s Joshua Osuoe saw red during the contest.

Coggeshall Town were 2-1 winners over Felixstowe & Walton United – Sam Bantick and Jermain Francis with the all-important strikes. Meanwhile, a Christian Adu Gyamfi brace helped Romford to a 2-0 win at Witham Town – Romford now up to tenth.

Great Wakering Rovers picked up their first point of the season following a 1-1 draw at Dereham Town. Debutant, Ashley Nzala gave Rovers the lead but was later sent off. Jerry Dasaolu rescued a point for the home side.

Courtesy of Leigh Simons, highlights from Great Wakering Rovers’ Pitching In Isthmian League North clash at Dereham Town

Brentwood Town drew 1-1 with Stowmarket Town at the Arena – Tom Richardson scoring early for the hosts. However, Basildon United went down 3-0 at home to high-flying AFC Sudbury – Romario Dunne, Jamie Shaw and Daniel Gilchrist scoring after the break for the Suffolk side. Heybridge Swifts were also beaten – Andrew Fennell netting in a 2-1 setback at Bury Town. Swifts remain bottom of the table without a point from their opening three matches.

Essex Senior League
Only one ESL encounter saw Stanway Rovers hammer Cockfosters 3-0 at the Community First Stadium. Sean Bartlett scored twice and Adrian Cant added another in a routine victory for the home side.

Buildbase FA Trophy First Qualifying Round
Southend Manor recorded an emphatic 8-0 victory over Biggleswade to progress. Also amongst the goals was Hoddesdon Town, who beat FC Clacton 5-2, and White Ensign, who went through 5-1 at Stortford FC.

Buckhurst Hill are in the hat following a 3-0 win over Enfield. They are joined by Takeley and Benfleet, who both recorded 2-0 successes against Frenford and St Margaretsbury respectively.

Woodford Town’s Trophy adventure continues after they won 5-4 at Woodbridge Town on penalties after a 1-1 draw. Meanwhile, Walthamstow slip out on spot-kicks – Hadleigh United winning 4-3 after a tense goalless encounter.

Essex Olympian League
Premier Division
Basildon Town remain top despite being held to a goalless draw at Harold Wood Athletic. Second-placed Sungate went down 2-1 at Kelvedon Hatch.

Galleywood saw off Bishop’s Stortford Swifts by three unanswered goals, while Rayleigh Town were 2-0 winners over Catholic United. Leigh Ramblers and Hutton shared six goals. Elsewhere, Hutton won a thrilling contest at Springfield by three goals to two.


Brian Jeeves

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