No Premier League or Championship this weekend due to international fixtures, but it was a busy afternoon of football locally with mixed fortunes for our local teams.

Our two local Football League sides both drew in League 2, Leyton Orient coming back from a goal down to pick up a point away to Barrow and Southend United came agonisigly close to picking up their first victory of the season against Exeter City at Roots Hall.

The Shrimpers were leading 2-1 in injury time, thanks to a first half goal from Brandon Goodship and a second half penalty scored by Jason Demetriou.

But in the fifth minute of time added on, the Grecians levelled to claim a share of the spoils.

Southend’s consolation was that the point was sufficient to take them off the foot of the table and out of the relegation zone up to 22nd place.

In the National League Dagenham & Redbridge secured their first win of 2020/21, with a 1-0 home victory over Wealdstone.

But none of our local National League South sides were able to claim three points, with defeats for Billericay Town and Braintree Town, and Chelmsford City and Concord Rangers both drawing.

For the first time since I have been presenting Phoenix Sport, we had reporters covering a total of three matches.

Andy Gardener was at the Isthmian North game across the car park from our studios, and popped in and both half and full-time to tell us all about Brentwood Town’s 1-1 draw at with Canvey Island at the Brentwood Centre Arena.

We also had Leigh Bailey at Basildon United. He kept us up to date with their 2-2 draw at home to AFC Sudbury – also in the – Isthmian North – and his written summary of the match can be seen here.

A number of local sides were involved in FA Vase Second Qualifying Round ties, and Scott Lanza reported on one of those for us as he described Ilford’s clash with Benfleet, where the home side narrowly won a penalty shoot-out to go through after the sides had contested a 1-1 draw.

But the sporting performance of the day undoubtably came from Iga Swiatek.

The 19 year old Polish tennis player – ranked 54th in the world when she arrived in Paris to compete in the French Open – scored a stunning victory over fourth seed Sofia Kenin of the USA to take the womens’ title in straight sets.

Here is this week’s show playlist:

Michael Jackson - Beat It
Van Halen - Why Can't This Be Love
Matt Johnson - Sunshine
Laurel - Scream Drive Faster
Johnny Nash - Hold Me Tight
Johnny Nash - I Can See Clearly Now
Johnny Hates Jazz - New Day Ahead
New Order - Be A Rebel
Scott McWatt - Gimme All Your Love
Booker Newberry III - Love Town
Andy Bell - Love Comes In Waves
Spandau Ballet - To Cut A Long Story Short
Katy Perry - Smile
Mojo Slide - Not In My Name
Bon Jovi - Do What You Can
John Lennon - Watching The Wheels
Oscar Lang - Apple Juice
Arthur Conley - Sweet Soul Music
Godley & Creme - Wedding Bells
Loose Ends - Hangin' On A String
Amy Macdonald - The Hudson
Travis feat Susanna Hoffs - The Only Thing
Earth Wind & Fire - After the Love Has Gone
Blanks - Favourite Nightmare
Elvis Costello - Everyday I Write The Book
Paul Weller - Village
Brothers Johnson - Stomp


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