By JOHN CHUBB
Hornchurch have now won five of their first seven Isthmian Premier League games and sit second in the division, after an excellent 4-1 triumph away to Carshalton Athletic.
Matthew Johnson, Lewwis Spence, Chris Dickson and Daniel Uchechi were the Urchins’ goalscorers with Jeremiah Amoo netting a consolation for the home side.
Fifth placed East Thurrock United also picked up three points by beating struggling Bognor Regis Town 3-0 at Rookery Hill.
John Coventry’s side put their midweek FA Cup disappointment behind them thanks to goals from Danny Harris, Ayo Olukoga and Steve Sheehan.
Meanwhile Bowers & Pitsea are 13th in the league after being involved in a stalemate away to Kingstonian.
Rob Small’s team had the best opportunity of the match when Kenzer Lee hit the crossbar, but the match ended goalless.
In the Isthmian North Maldon & Tiptree continue to set the pace and maintained their 100% record on Saturday.
They did so by beating visitors Basildon United 3-0 at the Wallace Binder Ground with goals from Charlee Hughes, Tyrique Hyde and Jorome Slew.
Second placed Coggeshall Town are two points behind the Jammers following a 3-1 home win against Canvey Island.
Tobi Joseph put the Gulls in front just 15 seconds after the kick-off, but Coggeshall took the points thanks to goals from Connor Hubble, Ross Wall and Michael Gyasi.
Canvey’s possible second-half route back into the game was thwarted when Jason Hallett’s penalty was saved by their ex-keeper Ashlee Jones, now playing for the Seedgrowers.
Third placed Grays Athletic came from behind to win 3-2 at home to Soham Town Rangers.
Joao Carlos put the Blues in front with 13 minutes gone before Matthew Allan and Toby Andrews replied for the visitors.
But goals from Lewis Clark on 72 minutes, and Tony Stokes a couple of minutes later gave Grays all three points.
Romford remain bottom of the table without a point as they lost again, this time at home to Great Wakering Rovers who continued their good start to 2019/20 with a 4-1 victory.
Jack Stevenson, Jake Gordon, Adalberto Pinto and Martin Tuohy all found the net for Steve Butterworth’s men, Boro’s consolation coming via Inesh Sumithran from the penalty spot.
Heybridge Swifts returned from their trip to Norfolk with a point after drawing 1-1 at Dereham Town.
Adam Hipperson put the home side in front a couple of minutes after the hour mark, but Evans Kouassi levelled ten minutes from time.
Witham Town enjoyed a fine 4-1 win away to Histon, who took the lead after 20 minutes through Ed Rolph but an Oliver Bell brace gave the visitors a half-time lead, before George Bugg scored two further goals in the second period.
Tilbury and Aveley took a point apiece in the local derby at Chadfields.
Lewis Smith put the Dockers ahead just before the half-time whistle, then George Allen replied in the 63rd minute for the visitors.
There was a first ever Isthmian North home win for newcomers Hullbridge Sports, who beat AFC Sudbury 2-0 with goals either side of the break from Luke Hornsley and Tim Monsheju.
And Brentwood Town picked up their first point of the season with an excellent 1-1 draw at high-flying Bury Town.
The hosts took took a fourth minute lead when Zak Pianim fouled Colin Oppong and Cemal Ramadan scored the resulting penalty.
But five minutes later Andy Freeman equalised for Brentwood, who had Ide Osimeh sent off in the final minute of the match for a second bookable offence.
In the South Central Division Harlow Town are in sixth place following a 1-1 draw at home to unbeaten Tooting & Mitcham United.
Razzaq Coleman put Tooting ahead in added time just before the interval, before Tayo Oyebola pulled one back for the Hawks three minutes into the second half.
Waltham Abbey lost by the odd goal in five away to Chipstead.
Ryan Dear and Darelle Russell scored for Waltham but Tommy Smith, Tom Collins and Joe Jackson gave the home side a 3-2 victory.
Barking remain third from bottom without a win, but they managed to pick up their second league point of the campaign with a 1-1 draw at Ashford Town (Middx).
Abs Seymour levelled in the 58th minute after Dan Brown had given the home side the lead 10 minutes previously.