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National League Round-up: Saturday 7th September




Dagenham & Redbridge secured an excellent 1-0 victory away to Maidenhead United on Saturday, a result which took them up to 10th spot in the National League and extended their run of unbeaten games to six.

James Dobson’s penalty three minutes into the second half was enough to secure victory for the Daggers and inflict a third home defeat on Alan Devonshire’s side, whose away record is sufficiently impressive to have kept them in fourth place.

In the National League South Billericay Town remain unbeaten at home and are still in the top four, despite being held to a 1-1 draw by Bath City at the Steel Team Arena.

Midfield man Sam Deering’s 25-yard strike put the home side ahead 20 minutes into the game.

But six minutes before the break Bath’s Owura Edwards was fouled by new Blues signing George McLennan, and a penalty was awarded.

Ryan Brunt then smashed a powerful spot kick into the top corner to give the Romans a share of the points.

Phoenix FM’s @beakster99 reported on the match and his thoughts can be seen here.

Just behind Billericay in fifth place are Concord Rangers whose fine early season form continued away to Hampton & Richmond, where they won by the odd goal in five thanks to a last-gasp goal from Aron Pollock in the third minute of injury time at the end of the match.

Lamar Reynolds fired the Beach Boys in front on 22 minutes before two Danilo Orsi-Dadomo goals either side of the break gave the hosts the upper hand.

Then Michael Barrington levelled for Concord before Pollock made it 3-2 with his late winner.

Braintree Town also enjoyed a victory and made it four games unbeaten, as a 2-1 win over Dulwich Hamlet at Cressing Road took them up to eighth place in the league.

The South Londoners had led at half-time through a 19th minute goal from Danny Mills, but after the restart Ade Cole and Alfie Cerulli found the net to give the Iron their third home triumph of the 2019/20 campaign.

But it proved a frustrating afternoon for Chelmsford City who were beaten at Hemel Hempstead Town and are now 14th in the NLS.

The Clarets were reduced to 10 men with four minutes to go until half-time, when centre-half Adrian Cascaval was dismissed for allegedly catching home striker Alex Wall with his elbow.

After the game City manager Rod Stringer was unable to hide his displeasure at the decision.

He felt his side had been in the ascendancy until then, and Hemel took advantage of having the extra man as goals in the last quarter of an hour from ex-Concord duo Sam Ashford and Jack Midson gave them a 2-0 win.

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