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National League Round-up: Saturday 31st August



Dagenham & Redbridge travelled to struggling Chesterfield for their latest National League fixture.

Manager Peter Taylor was no doubt hoping his side could grab a second win in a row following their last-gasp 3-2 victory at home to Yeovil Town on Monday, but they had to settle for a 1-1 draw on this occasion.

The Daggers took the lead in the 35th minute, when Angelo Balanta set up Joan Luque who slotted the ball home.

But Mike Fondop-Talom levelled for the Spireites 22 minutes from time to ensure that the honours were shared.

Dagenham remain in 11th place though and have now extended their unbeaten run to four matches.

It was a successful Saturday afternoon for Essex’s four National League South clubs, all of whom recorded victories.

Billericay Town have now won all four of their home fixtures to date, the latest of which saw them beat struggling Hungerford Town 3-0 with second half goals from Moses Emmanuel, Jordan Parkes and Matt Rhead.

Harry Wheeler’s side moved up to fourth place in the league standings following this result.

Concord Rangers moved up to sixth with an excellent 3-0 win of their own at home to Welling United.

Goals from Lamar Reynolds in the first half and strikes from Joel Nouble and Kreshnic Krasniqi after the break assured the Beach Boys of all three points.

Glen Driver’s fast-improving Braintree Town team made it four NLS victories out of five, as they won 2-1 away to Chippenham Town.

The hosts took an early lead through Curtis McDonald before new signing Tobi Coker equalised on his Iron debut, and Alfie Cerulli scored a late winner to leave the Cressing Road outfit just outside the play-off spots on 8th place.

Following their disappointing Bank Holiday defeat at Maidstone, Rod Stringer got the response he wanted from his Chelmsford City side as they moved back into the top half of the table with a 1-0 victory at home to Bath City.

The Clarets – who entertain Billericay in a big local derby on Monday evening – had second half substitute Shaun Jeffers to thank for the three points, as he fired home a 64th minute penalty following a foul on Billy Knott.

Chelmsford had the majority of decent chances in this match and could have scored more.

I was at Melbourne Park for this one and my full report can be seen here.

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