Daggers remain in touch with the leaders

Non-league round-up

Vanarama National League

Dagenham & Redbridge extended their unbeaten Vanarama National League sequence to eleven games. However, they had to be satisfied with a share of the points after visitors Barnet hit back at Victoria Road.

Angelo Balanta handed the Daggers the lead four minutes before the interval, but Josh Walker restored parity three minutes later. This result leaves Peter Taylor’s men in seventh place, seven points behind leaders, FC Halifax Town.

Emirates FA Cup third qualifying round

A number of the region’s sides were involved in at the third qualifying round stage of the Emirates FA Cup. Maldon & Tiptree led the way, progressing with a 6-1 demolition of Chertsey Town at the Maldon Stadium.

Charlee Hughes hit a hat-trick for the Jammers, while Jorome Slew (2) and Laste Dombaxe completed the scoring.

Billericay Town advanced with a 4-2 home success over Bath City. A Joe Raynes own-goal handed Town the lead. Further goals from Jake Robinson (2) and Jordan Parkes saw Jamie O’Hara’s men through.

Haringey Borough are also in the hat after a second-half spot-kick from Dimitri Froxylias was enough to overcome Cray Wanderers.

There was a big derby at Park Lane – watched by a bumper 387 crowd – where Canvey Island and Bowers & Pitsea played out a tense 1-1 draw. Bradley Warner gave Bowers the lead midway through the second half. However, their advantage lasted only three minutes before James White earned the Gulls a replay.

BetVictor Isthmian League Premier Division

Frankie Merrifield bagged a brace and Ben Marlow added another as East Thurrock United triumphed 3-2 at Worthing. Romario Dunne and Billy Hunt (penalty) found the net for Brightlingsea Regent but couldn’t prevent the north Essex side slipping to defeat by the same margin at Folkestone Invicta. Meanwhile, Hornchurch’s promotion push hit the buffers as they went down to a late Charlie Harris goal at league leaders, Horsham.

BetVictor Isthmian League North Division

Brentwood Town picked up their first victory of the season, seeing off AFC Sudbury 3-1 at the Arena. Andrew Freeman and penalties from Zak Pianim and Jason Williams ensuring the points.

Aveley were 2-1 winners at Witham Town. Alexander Akrofi and Kane Hearn on target for the Millers – George Bugg for the hosts. Meanwhile, a Marlon Agyakwa double helped Tilbury to a similar success at Bury Town.

Basildon United and Heybridge Swifts played out a 1-1 draw – Kristopher Newby for the Bees – Elliott Ronto levelling for the Swifts. Hullbridge Sports recovered from a goal behind to beat Felixstow and Walton United 3-1 – Joseph Wright, Timothy Monsheju and
Yemi Ogunfunmilade with the all-important goals.

Grays Athletic went down to an Adam Watkins goal at home to Cambridge City, while it was a tough afternoon for Great Wakering Rovers who crashed 4-1 at Histon – Jake Gordon with the villager’s consolation.

Essex Senior League

Cockfosters were the big winners of the day in the Essex Senior League, thrashing sad Clapton by seven goals to two. Enfield beat Sawbridgeworth Town 5-2 as the goals continued to flow, while Hoddesdon Town and St Margaretsbury played out a thrilling 4-4 draw.

West Essex were 4-2 winners at Sporting Bengal United. Meanwhile, there were victories for Saffron Walden Town – 3-0 over Ilford – Hashtag United – 2-0 at Stansted and Redbridge – 2-0 at Southend Manor.

ProKit UK Essex Olympian League

Tommy Green and Keith King were on target as Basildon Town won their Premier Division encounter with Sungate by the odd goal in three at Gardiners Way. Buckhurst Hill and Shenfield AFC were locked at 2-2, while there was another draw at New Hall where Kelvedon Hatch and Rayleigh Town’s match finished 1-1.

Herongate Athletic won their Division One clash at Ramsden Scotia by five goals to two, while Runwell Sports were 4-1 winners over Manford way.

Beacon Hill Rovers beat Corinthian 4-1 in Division Two, while Collier Row inflicted an identical scoreline on White Ensign’s second string in Division Three.

Leytonstone United’s 5-1 win over Canning Town was the highlight in Division Four. Meanwhile, in Division Five, Newbury Forest Reserves won 10-1 at their Herongate Athletic counterparts.

Senior League Cup

Springfield made amends for their surprise Premier League defeat at the hands of Old Southendian by knocking the same opponents out of the Senior League Cup – The Chelmsford-based side advancing with a 3-1 victory.

Laindon Orient won an entertaining tie at Shoebury Town by four goals to two, while FC Hamlets edged out Epping Town by the odd goal in five.

Brian Jeeves

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