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National League South Round-up: Saturday 18th January


By JOHN CHUBB

@JohnCphoenixfm

Laurie Walker was the hero of the day for Chelmsford City as the on-loan MK Dons goalkeeper’s heroics ensured his side got a point from their home game against Eastbourne Borough, one which took them up to 9th spot in the table.

The Clarets opened the scoring with only six minutes gone, when Shaun Jeffers volleyed home his 14th goal of the season.

But almost straight away their opponents were back in the match, Charlie Walker heading past his namesake from a cross to level the scores.

But the Eastbourne striker later had a penalty saved by the Chelmsford custodian, who ensured a final score of 1-1 after thwarting another Eastbourne chance in injury time.

There was disappointment for Concord Rangers who were beaten 2-1 by visitors Weymouth at the Aspect Arena, but Danny Scopes’ men held on to 11th place in the league.

Scopes saw his team go behind five minutes before half-time when Abdulai Baggie put the Terras ahead.

The Beach Boys equalised nine minutes into the second period through Michael O’Donoghue, but just two minutes afterwards Yemi Odubade scored what proved to be the winner for fifth-placed Weymouth.

Billericay Town travelled to Surrey and were involved in an extraordinary match with hosts Dorking Wanderers.

At one stage the Blues were in a 2-goal lead, but Dorking fought back and forced a draw in an eight-goal thriller.

It was the home team who found the net first, Niall McManus scoring after 11 minutes.

But five minutes later it was one apiece as Jack Paxman grabbed his first Billericay goal, before Femi Akinwande put them 2-1 ahead with 19 minutes on the clock.

After the break Jake Robinson made it 3-1 from the penalty spot after Paxman was fouled in the box.

But Dorking reduced the deficit just before the hour mark when ex-Ricay midfield man Nick Wheeler set up one-time Chelmsford striker Elliot Buchanan to score.

And the Surrey side levelled through Jason Prior with 73 minutes played.

A great Doug Loft strike put Jamie O’Hara’s side back in the ascendancy a few minutes later, but with the game entering a fifth minute of time added on Dorking made sure the honours were shared when a superb strike by Matt Briggs made the final score 4-4.

Billericay remain in 16th place, and just below them having moved up to 17th are Braintree Town.

The Iron ended a dreadful run of recent results in some style, as they triumphed 4-1 away to Oxford City.

After a goalless first 45 minutes Jordan Chiedozie, Charley O’Keefe, Liam Smyth and Joshua Oyinson all netted to ensure three points for George Borg’s men, with Jaanai Gordon scoring Oxford’s consolation.

 

 

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