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National League Round-up: Saturday 7th December


By JOHN CHUBB

@JohnCphoenixfm

Dagenham & Redbridge slipped to 17th in the National League standings as their dismal run of form continued on Saturday.

The Daggers were beaten 2-1 by Maidenhead United at the Chigwell Construction Stadium, their seventh defeat in the last 8 outings as well as their fourth reversal in a row.

Remy Clerima put the visitors in front on 28 minutes before Alex McQueen levelled not long after the hour mark.

But with 19 minutes to go Clerima headed home his and Maidenhead’s second to ensure the three points went back to Berkshire.

Following a week which had seen their second managerial departure in the space of a few weeks, Braintree Town travelled to Slough Town under the interim management of George Borg.

The ex-Iron boss recently returned to assist player/manager Jake Hutchings, who has now left just three games into his reign after being appointed to replace Glen Driver in the Cressing Road hot seat at the age of just 24.

But Borg – a veteran of non-League management since his first appointment at Barking in the 1980s, and who also includes a spell in charge of Chelmsford City on his CV – could not arrest Braintree’s recent slide in form as his charges lost the match 1-0.

They had managed to hold the hosts at bay for most of the match, but Slough grabbed victory via a Matthew Lench goal with only seven minutes of the match left.

The result meant that the Iron dropped to 10th place in the league.

Billericay Town were involved in the archetypal game of two halves at Longmead Stadium on Saturday.

Goals from debutant Femi Akinwande and Ody Alfa had seen Jamie O’Hara’s men go in at half-time with a 2-0 lead over hosts Tonbridge Angels.

But with just over 20 minutes of the second period played Tonbridge had completely turned the game on its head, finding the net three times and finishing with a 3-2 victory.

Phoenix’s Leigh @beakster99 was at the match and his report can be seen here.

Town dropped to 13th place, one below Concord Rangers who leapfrogged their Essex rivals after a superb performance saw them convincingly beat Eastbourne Borough 5-0 at the Aspect Arena.

Kreshnic Krashniqi scored a brace before Joel Nouble and Huddersfield Town loanee Kit Elliott netted to give the Beach Boys a 4-0 lead with the match only 40 minutes old.

And Aron Pollock added his name to the scoresheet with five minutes of the game remaining.

Chelmsford City also had a good day at the office.

Rod Stringer’s side welcomed Hungerford Town back to the Melbourne Community Stadium for a league encounter, two weeks after knocking them out of the FA Trophy in a 2-1 win.

And they managed another win against the struggling Berkshire outfit, this time by a bigger margin.

Tom Knowles opened the scoring on 41 minutes, then the Clarets were awarded a penalty two minutes later when Shaun Jeffers was bundled over.

The prolific forward stepped up to take the spot-kick himself and made no mistake to give his team a 2-0 lead at the interval.

Hungerford got back into the game five minutes after the restart when Maturino Da Silva found the net, but a Chris Whelpdale header in the 65th minute and a Robbie Simpson strike with virtually the last kick of the game saw City win the match 4-1 and climb back into the top half of the table in 11th place.

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