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National League Round-up: Saturday 17th August


By JOHN CHUBB

@JohnCphoenixfm

Dagenham & Redbridge manager Peter Taylor got the reaction he wanted from his players following back-to-back losses that had left them in the National League relegation zone, as they defeated Harrogate Town 4-2 at the Chigwell Construction Stadium.

The game began disastrously for the home side when Angelo Balanta tried to clear a seventh minute corner, but instead headed the ball past his own goalkeeper Elliot Justham and into the net.

Brendan Kiernan added a second for Harrogate in the 24th minute after Chike Kandi had levelled 10 minutes previously.

But just before the half-hour mark Mitch Brundle made it 2-2, and in the second half Balanta more than made up for his early error when he netted a brace to move the Daggers up to 15th place in the table.

In the National League South Concord Rangers got off to a great start in their away match at Dulwich Hamlet, where a crowd of 1521 saw the Beach Boys storm into a first half lead thanks to Billy Roast and Joel Nouble.

But Danny Mills pulled a goal back just before half-time and added another in the 66th minute to ensure that the honours were shared.

Concord are now in fifth place, one above Dulwich on goal difference with both sides on 10 points.

Just behind them in seventh spot and also with 10 points from their first five league outings are Billericay Town, who travelled to bottom club Hampton & Richmond but who also had to be content with a point.

After the Beavers went in front with a first half Cole Brown penalty Moses Emmanuel levelled six minutes into the second period, to make the final score 1-1.

Chelmsford City also gained a point on the road as their match at Havant & Waterlooville ended goalless, leaving the Clarets in 10th place.

Both sides had their chances, with ex-Billericay midfielder Simon Walton missing a first-half penalty for the home side.

The fortunes of Braintree Town continued to improve with a second consecutive league win, as Eastbourne Borough were comprehensively brushed aside at Cressing Road.

Goals from Adam Mills (2), Tom Richardson, Jason Banton and Femi Akinwande handed the Iron a 5-0 victory and moved them up to 12th position from bottom of the table in the space of less than a week.

 

 

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