By JOHN CHUBB
New signings Ben House and Sam Deering made an immediate impact as Dagenham & Redbridge ended their recent poor run of results with a thumping 6-1 victory at home to Aldershot Town in the National League.
House, signed on loan last week from Championship club Reading netted two of the Daggers’ goals whilst Deering, who arrived on Thursday from Billericay Town was responsible for two assists.
Manny Onarise, Joan Luque, Will Wright and Joe Quigley also added their names to the scoresheet and the result kept Peter Taylor’s men in the top half of the table in 12th spot.
In the National League South Braintree Town travelled to Welling United with a new management team at the helm.
Following the departure of previous boss Glen Driver and his assistant Tony Kinsella – who have returned to their former club Leiston – the Iron have appointed Jake Hutchings as player-manager with ex-Braintree boss George Borg alongside him as first team coach.
Hutchings becomes the league’s youngest manager at the age of just 24.
And he had a baptism of fire, as he and his new charges were beaten 6-2 by a rampant home side.
Four of Welling’s goals came from Korrey Henry – one of them from the penalty spot – with Theo Widdrington and Anthony Cook being their other goalscorers.
Ade Cole and Femi Akinwade netted for the Iron, but what was a mostly unhappy afternoon for them saw them finish the game with ten men as Tyler Christian-Law was shown a red card for a foul.
The result left Braintree just outside the play-off spots in eighth place.
Chelmsford City lost by the same scoreline at home to Oxford City, a result which saw them drop out of the top half of the table to 12th place.
The afternoon started well for Rod Stringer’s side, Sam Higgins scoring from Billy Knott’s eighth minute cross.
But a Danny Rowe hat-trick fired the visitors into a 3-1 lead, his third coming from the penalty spot.
Shaun Jeffers pulled one back for the Clarets just before half-time, but they failed to capitalise on this after the restart as Oxford completely ran the show.
Josh Ashby – with a second penalty – Kyran Lofthouse and Zac McEachran all scored, and a mostly miserable afternoon for the Melbourne Park faithful was rounded off by Knott’s 75th minute dismissal for a foul on Joe Oastler.
Billericay Town had a happier day as they returned from Dulwich Hamlet with all three points, having played in front of a crowd of 3,132.
Jake Robinson’s 50th minute strike was enough to give them a 1-0 victory and take them up to 10th in the league standings.
Town had Themi Kefalas dismissed for a second yellow card late in the second half, but Jamie O’Hara saw his remaining 10 men hold on for a win.
A late rally at the Aspect Arena saw Concord Rangers snatch a point in a six-goal thriller against Dorking Wanderers.
With 13 minutes to go the Beach Boys were trailing 3-1 after Jack Barham, James McShane and Tom Richards had cancelled out Danny Green’s 16th minute penalty.
But a Jack Cawley free-kick and an injury time leveller from Joel Nouble saw the match finish 3-3.
Unfortunately for Concord they dropped a place to 13th, due to mid-table rivals Hampton & Richmond’s surprise victory over league leaders Wealdstone.