Vanarama National League South outfit, Billericay Town continued their preparations ahead of the new season with a resounding 5-0 victory over Needham Market at New Lodge.
Toyosi Olusanya netted his second pre-season hat-trick, while Rowan Liburd and Jai Reason completed the rout. Blues goalkeeper Bailey Vose rebuffed a second-half spot-kick confirming a satisfactory outcome for Kevin Watson’s men.
Dagenham & Redbridge followed up a Friday night 5-0 victory at Aveley with a 3-0 triumph at Hemel Hempstead Town.
A trialist snatched a hat-trick, while Scott Wilson and Darren McQueen completed the scoring at Parkside. Meanwhile, Matt Robinson, Paul McCallum and an own-goal saw off the Tudors a day later.
O’Shane Stewart and a late Josh Hill own goal earned Southend United a 2-2 draw at Dartford. Former Billericay Town man, Jake Robinson netted from the spot for the Kent club.
Buildbase FA Trophy holders Hornchurch recorded a 4-1 win over Great Wakering Rovers at Burroughs Park.
Liam Nash netted twice for the Urchins, while Charlie Ruff and Charlie Stimson were also on target. Jake Gordon had drawn the Rovers briefly level five minutes before the interval.
Concord Rangers were 3-0 winners over Potters Bar Town. Meanwhile, Chelmsford City went down by a goal to nil at Felixstowe & Walton United – Matthews with the all-important strike midway through the second period.
A headed goal from Callum Leahy three minutes into stoppage-time was enough to see Bower & Pitsea home against old adversaries Canvey Island at Park Lane. While at Lower Road a single-goal was sufficient for Hullbridge Sports against Soham Town Rangers.
Maldon & Tiptree found themselves on the wrong end, as Cambridge City won 2-1 at Park Drive.
The Essex Senior League campaign got underway on Friday evening with Enfield and Stansted collecting maximum points.
The Airportmen won by two goals to one against new boys, White Ensign at Burroughs Park. Jack Mitchell and Michael Salako on target for the visitors’ – Connor Barnby with the Ensign response.
Enfield saw off Clapton by two unanswered goals. Reece Conway and Ollie Miles doing the damage for the home side.
The big winners on Saturday were Cockfosters, who thrashed Woodford Town by six goals to one. George Beattie grabbed a hat-trick, while Chancey Dash, William Healey and Reece Mosanya completed the rout.
Saffron Walden Town won 3-0 at Sawbridgeworth Town. William McClelland, Scott Piggott and James Solkhon with the visitors’ goals. Meanwhile, Redbridge triumphed 3-1 at Little Oakley – Jake Brocklebank, Ibrahim Kehinde and Jack Roult with the Redbridge goals. Greg Rodger supplied the consolation for Little Oakley.
Southend Manor beat Sporting Bengal United by the odd goal in three at Southchurch Park Arena. Elsewhere, a Palvy Manduakila goal handed Stanway Rovers a 1-0 win over St Margaretsbury. Substitute William Green secured a similar outcome in favour of Takeley against West Essex. Athletic Newham completed a hat-trick of ESL 1-0’s – FC Clacton tasting defeat at the Leisure Centre Ground.