With the return of the National League this week, the 2020/21 football season is finally in full swing.

But it proved to be a disappointing start in that league for Dagenham & Redbridge, who travelled north to FC Halifax Town for their opening fixture but found themselves on the wrong end of a 2-0 scoreline.

In League 2 of the EFL there was also a defeat for Leyton Orient, who were beaten 2-0 at home by Cheltenham Town. But Southend United picked up their first point of the season, Nathan Ralph’s equaliser five minutes from time giving the Shrimpers a share of the spoils at Crawley Town.

Many of our local non-League sides were in FA Cup action in the second qualifying round of the competition, and some went through to the next stage, but the two clubs on our immediate patch were both knocked out.

Billericay Town came agonisingly close to victory in their tie away to Brackley Town, only for the hosts to equalise in injury time and make the final score 2-2. The Northamptonshire side then went on to win the resulting penalty shoot-out.

And Brentwood Town also exited the competition after a narrow 1-0 defeat at Bishops Stortford.

In between the action I found time to play plenty of music. Here is this week’s playlist:

Christopher Cross – Ride Like The Wind

Matt Johnson – Sunshine

Laurel – Scream Drive Faster

New Order – Be A Rebel

Ohio Players – Fire

Mojo Slide – Not In My Name

Johnny Hates Jazz – New Day Ahead

Lenny Kravitz – Ride

Beatles – Penny Lane

Owen Paul – My Favourite Waste of Time

Blanks – Favourite Nightmare

Andy Bell – Love Comes In Waves

David Bowie – Modern Love

Scott McWatt – Gimme All Your Love

Bon Jovi – Do What You Can

Killers – Caution

Frixion feat Roi – Cry, Cry, Cry

Billy Idol – Hot In The City

Beabadoobee – Care

Supremes – Nathan Jones

Katy Perry – Smile

Mark Butcher – Start Again

Kate Bush – The Man With The Child In His Eyes

Bill Withers – Lovely Day

Supergrass – Pumping On Your Stereo

Calvin Harris X The Weeknd – Over Now

Isley Brothers – It’s A Disco Night (Rock Don’t Stop)


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