By JOHN CHUBB
Bowers & Pitsea‘s unbeaten start to their Isthmian Premier League campaign came to an end on Saturday, as they slipped to a 2-1 defeat at Worthing.
Billy Knott gave Rob Small’s men the lead from the penalty spot with 19 minutes played, before former Arsenal youngster Mo Diallo netted twice in the second half to give all three points to the Sussex side.
There was also a defeat for Hornchurch, who lost 2-0 away to Kingstonian for whom Tom Kavanagh and Kadell Daniel scored during the last 20 minutes.
And East Thurrock United are still awaiting their first league victory of the season after their 2-2 draw with Merstham at Rookery Hill.
They were six minutes away from a win after Kenny Alleru (from the penalty spot) and Luke Illsley had cancelled out ex-Rock Calvin Ekpiteta’s 30th minute opener.
But the visitors scored in the 84th minute through Jack Leahy to claim a point.
In the Isthmian North Tilbury top the table after a narrow victory at Hullbridge Sports.
Nathan Scarborough put the ball into his own net to give the Dockers the lead, and Lee Noble doubled their lead just before the break.
Then Scarborough atoned for his own goal two minutes into the second half when he scored with the rebound of his own penalty, but Tilbury held on for the win.
Just behind them in the table are Maldon & Tiptree, who saw off visitors Felixstowe & Walton United thanks to an Adam Vyse hat-trick.
Great Wakering Rovers also triumphed, goals from Alex Hernandez and Martin Tuohy giving them a 2-0 win away to Witham Town.
At Parkside it was a point each for Grays Athletic and Romford, who drew 1-1.
Lee Newton gave Boro the lead on 16 minutes before Joe Agunbiade equalised for Grays on the stroke of half-time.
And it was the same result at the Brentwood Centre Arena, where Brentwood Town and Canvey Island picked up a point each.
Dan Humphreys gave the Gulls the lead just before half-time, but Wilberforce Ocran levelled for Aaron Flanagan’s side just after the hour mark.
Brentwood had to play the final 9 minutes with 10 men, after Connor Hogan was sent off for receiving a second yellow card.
Basildon United led at the break in their home match against AFC Sudbury through goals from Tyrone Baker and Sonny Dutton – the latter of whom scored from the penalty spot.
But the Suffolk side fought back in the second period, goals from Daniele Collinge and Marley Andrews resulting in a final score of 2-2. Our report of that match can be seen here.
Coggeshall Town narrowly lost at home to Cambridge City, Ryan Sharman’s 38th minute goal giving the visitors all three points.
And Heybridge Swifts lost by the same scoreline away to Soham Town Rangers, a goal by Toby Andrews after 53 minutes proving the difference between the two sides.
Aveley had their match at Histon abandoned just before half-time.
The Millers were winning 2-1 with George Sykes and Freddie Gard their scorers, but a mammoth spell of rain made the pitch unplayable in the eyes of the referee and he took the decision to stop the game after 44 minutes.
In the Isthmian South Central Waltham Abbey made it three wins of of three so far in this campaign, Jason Hallett’s 14th minute penalty giving them a 1-0 win at Tooting & Mitcham United.
But Harlow Town lost by the same scoreline at Hertford Town, Sam Faniyan’s penalty late in the first half proving enough to secure a win for the hosts.
And Barking have yet to secure their first league victory of the campaign, after goals from Adrian Hurdubei and Narcis Filip cancelled out Dominic Green’s early opener to give FC Romania a 2-1 win at Mayesbrook Park.