By JOHN CHUBB
Dagenham & Redbridge suffered their third National League loss of the season so far on Tuesday night, as Boreham Wood beat them 3-0 at the Chigwell Construction Stadium.
Kabongo Tshimanga put the Hertfordshire side in front after 18 minutes, and he added a second from the penalty spot four minutes from time before Justin Shaibu rounded off the scoring two minutes later.
The result left the Daggers in the relegation places in 22nd place, having only won one of their four matches of the campaign to date.
In the National League South Chelmsford City had a superb home win against old rivals Dartford on Monday night, as Rod Stringer’s side won by four goals to nil.
Following a goalless first half the Clarets took the lead through Chris Whelpdale in the 52nd minute before Sam Higgins, Jonny Giles and an own goal guaranteed them three points.
The Darts finished the match with 10 men after Jordan Wynter’s 71st minute dismissal. He received a red card for a dreadful foul on Alex Osborn.
Essex’s other three NLS clubs were all in action on Tuesday evening.
Concord Rangers travelled to Tonbridge Angels, and Danny Scopes’s side slipped to fourth position in the league standings after suffering their first defeat of the 2019/20 campaign.
A late goal from Jack Parter gave the home side a 1-0 victory at Longmead Stadium.
Billericay Town had a better night, bouncing back from their first defeat of the season at Chippenham Town on Saturday by beating Welling United 2-1 at the Steel Team Stadium.
Gavin McCallum cancelled out Jordan Parkes’ excellent 30-yard 19th minute opener for the Blues, with a superb equaliser for the visitors six minutes before the break.
But as the game entered time added on the hosts were awarded a penalty, which Jake Robinson put away to give Harry Wheeler’s men a 2-1 victory, one which lifted them back into the play-off spots.
And it was a great night for Braintree Town, who secured their first win of the season and moved away from the drop zone by winning 3-0 at St. Albans City.
Adam Mills, Femi Akinwande and Michael Clark were all on target as the Iron took all three points.