By JOHN CHUBB
Another action-packed Saturday of sport on this week’s show.
In Football, Leyton Orient have made a mostly good start to their season in League Two of the EFL.
But in this occasion, Kenny Jackett’s side suffered their second league reversal of the 2021/22 campaign as they were beaten 3-2 at Port Vale.
And there was also disappointment for both of our local National League sides.
Dagenham & Redbridge lost their place at the top of the table, thanks to two late goals from visitors Altrincham who scored a 3-2 victory at the Chigwell Construction Stadium.
And Southend United‘s problems continue.
The Shrimpers – without a win since the opening day of the season – are now in the relegation zone following a 2-0 loss away to Solihull Moors, where an undignified scene saw a confrontation between Southend chairman Ron Martin and some travelling supporters angry at the decline and current plight of their club.
In the National League South Concord Rangers continued their fine early season form, moving back up to third in the table thanks to a 3-2 win at Tonbridge Angels.
And in the FA Cup Third Qualifying Round, Chelmsford City progressed to the next stage thanks to a Simeon Jackson goal which gave them a 1-0 victory over Enfield Town at Melbourne Park.
Bowers & Pitsea and Hornchurch drew 2-2 at the Len Salmon Stadium, and will meet again at Bridge Avenue on Tuesday night.
But Billericay Town and East Thurrock United are both out of this season’s competition.
Kevin Watson’s struggling Blues lost 3-2 at fellow National League club Havant & Waterlooville, whilst Isthmian Premier League outfit Rocks were well-beaten at National League North club Boston United, who beat them by four goals to nil.
In the Isthmian North we had a featured game, with Andy Gardener reporting at a very wet Brentwood Centre Arena on the game between Brentwood Town and Maldon & Tiptree. A couple of late goals saw the visitors snatch a 3-2 win.
Grays Athletic and Canvey Island – currently occupying the top two places in that division – were also among the victors on Saturday.
In the Essex Senior League Redbridge, Walthamstow and Athletic Newham all scored victories to keep among the pacesetters – as did Benfleet in the Thurlow Nunn Division One South, who remain one point behind leaders Ipswich Wanderers folliwing their 4-2 win over Halstead Town at Park Lane.
We also had a featured game in that league, Scott Lanza reporting on Buckhurst Hill‘s 5-1 win at home to Barkingside.
Local Rugby saw defeats for both Rochford Hundred and Westcliff in National League 2 South.
But in London 1 North, Brentwood scored a 13-12 victory at Amersham & Chiltern and Southend Saxons won 30-0 against struggling Chingford.
This week’s playlist:
Change – Searching
Wolf Alice – How Can I Make It OK
Sigrid – Burning Bridges
Curtis Mayfield – Superfly
Ocean Flaws – Hologram
Drifters – Down On The Beach Tonight
Blondie – Heart Of Glass
Richard Ashcroft – Bring On The Lucie (Freda Peeple)
Royal Blood – Oblivion
Eagles – Life In The Fast Lane
Abba – Don’t Shut Me Down
Pet Shop Boys – West End Girls
Johnny Marr – Spirit Power and Soul
Sam Fender – Get You Down
Harry Styles – Golden
Steely Dan – Rikki Don’t Lose That Number
Isley Brothers – Voyage to Atlantis
Tina Turner – We Don’t Need Another Hero (Thunderdome)
Ed Sheeran – Shivers
Sister Sledge – We Are Family