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Second Spot Still Up For Grabs

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Potters Bar Town, Bowers & Pitsea, Haringey Borough and outsiders Heybridge Swifts all still have a chance to make the second automatic promotion spot in the Bostik League North.

Bowers will be looking for a favour from Essex rivals Brentwood Town, who they host on Saturday, after their 1-0 defeat at Hertingfordbury Park against Hertford Town on Tuesday night left them a point behind the Scholars, who must be ruing the loss of three points deducted earlier in the season.

A 53rd minute Charlie Cole effort sealed Hertford`s win.

Norwich United could have secured their Bostik North status had they gained at least a point from their Plantation Park encounter with Heybridge, but the Essex outfit gave themselves an outside chance of taking second if results go their way, due to their superior goal difference, with a 2-1 win.

James Baker gave Swifts a 38th minute lead that Adam Hipperson levelled with 15 minutes to go.

But a goal 3 minutes from time from sub Ryan Henshaw gave Swifts a massive boost.

Cheshunt held champions AFC Hornchurch to a 1-1 Theobalds Lane draw in which the Ambers` Ricky Sappleton grabbed a stoppage time equaliser after the Urchins had led through George Purcell`s 39th minute opener.

Tilbury gained local bragging rights after winning 1-0 at Mayesbrook Park against Barking, thanks to a 71st minute Tom Anderson effort, while another Essex side, Aveley, were held to a 0-0 draw at Wodson Park by Ware.

A Danny Beaumont brace helped Dereham Town to a 2-0 Aldiss Park victory over Waltham Abbey, while Maldon & Tiptree`s disappointing end to the season continued with a 2-0 home defeat by Witham Town, for whom Tyler Corlett after 9 minutes and Correy Davidson 16 minutes from time sealed the win.

Soham Town Rangers won the evening`s other game 3-1 at Brentwood, courtesy of goals from Joe Carden in the first half and then Lewis Clayton and Jon Kaye in the second, Jack Mitchell netting a last-gasp reply.

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