By JOHN CHUBB
Saturday’s football saw Dagenham & Redbridge’s FA Trophy adventure end in heart-breaking fashion.
The National League side, who had made it through to the last eight of the competition hosted National League North outfit York City in a quarter-final tie at the Chigwell Construction Stadium.
Daryl McMahon’s men had the upper hand for most of the match, after Paul McCallum gave them the lead with 15 minutes gone.
But in the seventh minute of injury time at the end of the second half York were awarded a penalty, and the experienced striker Clayton Donaldson scored to make it 1-1.
That was the final score, and York won the resulting penalty shoot-out 7-6 to go through to the semi-finals, much to the delight of over 800 visiting supporters in the 2,417 crowd.
Our featured non-League match this week saw bottom club Billericay Town travel to Hungerford Town in the National League South, from where our reporting team of Leigh Bailey and Andy Gardiner provided updates and reports.
A magnificent first-half performance saw Jody Brown’s side lead 3-0 at the break, thanks to goals from Niko Muir, Michael Chambers and Dylan Gavin.
Shortly after the restart Greg Halford made it 4-0, the experienced veteran making no mistake from the penalty spot following a foul on Muir.
Hungerford substitute Herbert pulled one back on 53 minutes, but Billericay held on to win 4-1 and give themselves a massive boost in their fight for survival, even though Welling United – the side one place above them – gained a point with a 1-1 draw at home to Bath City, to ensure a four-point gap between the two clubs.
This week’s playlist:
Motors – Airport
AURORA – A Temporary High
Doobie Brothers – China Grove
Weeknd – Blinding Lights
Franz Ferdinand – Curious
Liam Gallagher – Everything’s Electric
Damned – New Rose
Billy Joel – The River of Dreams
Jack Savoretti feat Nile Rodgers – Who’s Hurting Who
George Ezra – Anyone For You
DB Boulevard – Point Of View
George Michael – Amazing
Purple Disco Machine – In The Dark
Barry Biggs – Sideshow
Central Line – Walking Into Sunshine
John Legend – Tomorrow
Sam Fender – Seventeen Going Under
Hipsway – The Honeythief
Alexander O’Neal – If You Were Here Tonight
David Bowie – Absolute Beginners
Razorlight – America
George Benson – Give Me The Night