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Essex Senior League Review

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Essex Senior League champions Barking grabbed the three points that took them onto 100 points for the campaign on Saturday after a Joe Pearman double gave them victory at Southchurch Park against Southend Manor.

Pearman lofted over Lewis Down in the 19th minute to give the Blues the advantage and 4 minutes into the second half Pearman slotted home his and Barking’s second.

Manor did have chances to take something from the game but the visitors, who brought on chairman Rob O’Brien for a cameo appearance late on, left with the points, meaning Manor will almost certainly end the season in seventh.

Clapton secured the runners-up spot after demolishing Burnham Ramblers at The Old Spotted Dog.

A Jonny Ashman penalty and a Aundre Spencer goal had the hosts two goals up at half-time and then the second half saw Clapton run riot and saw Nathan Cook add a third before Dylan Ebengo made it four.

Cook grabbed another to make it five before Steven Sardinha added a sixth and the scoring was completed when Ryan Reed netted and end their season in style.

Sawbridgeworth Town kept up their outside chance of a top four finish after they ended Ilford`s chances following a 2-0 victory at Cricklefield.

The visitors need to win their final three games and hope Takeley lose at home to The Foxes next weekend to grab that fourth spot.

Stansted came from behind early on at Redbridge to take their second successive victory and confirm an eighth-place finish in the division.

Brian Moses had put the hosts ahead in just the 4th minute but Brandon Stack levelled for the visitors before Jack Isherwood scored the winner and damage the hosts aspirations of a top ten finish.

Basildon United secured a ninth-place finish after a late Yaw Danso penalty got them a point against FC Romania whose chances of finishing as runners-up in the league evaporated.

Toby Cleaver struck for the visitors on the half-hour mark but Danso netted from the spot with 9 minutes to go after the visitors had handled inside the box to see the match end all square.

Hosts West Essex finished their season in style after they thrashed struggling Tower Hamlets at Mayesbrook Park.

The hosts led in the eighth minute when Isaac Marfo poked home after great work down the right from Mignot and Jayvon and it was nearly two midway through the first half when Kofi rattled the bar from a Lefley corner.

However, 6 minutes before half-time it was two as a pass inside the full-back from Russell saw Mignot convert and it could of been three right on half-time when the hosts won a penalty but Lefley missed from the spot.

Six minutes into the second half though it was three when a lovely flowing move, which was started and finished by Gray, saw him nod in a rebound from Lefley’s effort and after the hosts saw Russel rattle the crossbar, Lefley had the chance from the spot again on the hour-mark and this time he made no mistake and gave his side a chance of a tenth-place finish.

(Peter Dudley)

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Former Swansea City and Kettering Town defender who has been managing the likes of Kettering Town u18s, Rothwell Town, Desborough Town and Wellingborough Town for 33 years as well as being technical director at AFC Rushden & Diamonds. Began in non-League journalism as editor of Team Talk magazine back in the early 1990s and then as editor of Non-League Daily, joining Pitchero to set up Pitchero Non-League in January 2011. Also works for the National League.

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