Party Time At Brightlingsea Regent

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There was a promotion party at Brightlingsea Regent on Easter Monday as the Ryman League Division One North champions won 3-1 at home to Dereham Town.

The club were presented with their championship silverware afterwards and, to cap a glorious afternoon, they took their points tally for the season past the 100-mark.

Tom Richardson gave them a dream start with a header past Josh Glover after just 5 minutes.

Aaron Condon netted the second from the penalty spot after 33 minutes after a foul on Ricky Griggs.

Adam Smith halved the deficit on the stroke of half-time, but Regent confirmed victory when Russell Malton`s cross-shot beat Glover on 61 minutes to make it 3-1.

Maldon & Tiptree confirmed second spot and at the same time sent Essex neighbours Heybridge Swifts into deep trouble at the bottom end of the table following a 2-1 win at the Wallace Binder Group Stadium.

Sam Newson gave the Jammers a 19th minute lead that Lewis Godbold cancelled out 10 minutes into the second half.

But Swifts were denied a vital point when Liam Nash popped up to win it for the hosts in stoppage time.

Swifts are now fourth-bottom, two points behind Soham Town Rangers heading into the final round of fixtures on Saturday.

To make matters worse for Heybridge, fellow strugglers Ware romped to a 4-1 victory at home to Cheshunt and Soham earned a point from a 1-1 draw at Bury Town.

Murat Karagul gave Ware a 4th minute lead at Wodson Park, but Jason Hallett`s 50th minute equaliser pulled the Ambers level.

Two goals in 3 minutes from Josh Oyibo and Ahmed Mohammed just past the hour-mark took the gave away from Cheshunt, with sub Brian Haule adding a fourth in the 86th minute.

Soham led at Ram Meadow, courtesy of Sam Mulready`s goal on 31 minutes.

Josh Mayhew equalised just shy of the hour mark to leave Rangers two points in front of Heybridge.

Waltham Abbey are the other side who will come into the final day scenario as they are level on points with Ware and three in front of Swifts.

But there is very little between the sides on goal difference so a tense last day of the season beckons.

The Abbots find themselves dragged into `squeaky bum Saturday` after losing 2-0 at Capershotts by a Haringey Borough side who are virtually assured of a play-off place barring a mathematical miracle.

Ralston Gabriel bagged both of Boro`s goals in the 22nd and 37th minutes.

Thurrock and AFC Hornchurch complete the play-off places, although the Urchins lost on Easter Monday to an Aveley side who look destined to finish sixth or seventh, despite Jeremiah Maja`s 36th minute winner at the final game at their Mill Field home in front of a crowd of 413.

Thurrock maintained their form with a 2-0 Ship Lane victory over neighbours Romford with goals from Michael Pindy after just 3 minutes and Mark Onyemah on 65 minutes.

Phoenix Sports had a chance to go into the final day with hopes of a top five spot when they entertained Thamesmead Town.

However, a 2-0 defeat, thanks to goals from Ellis Green from the spot on 67 minutes and then Alex Teniola 3 minutes from time leaves them frustratingly close.

Norwich United were 2-0 Plantation Park victors over doomed Wroxham with goals from Shaun Wones and Adam Hipperson in the final 16 minutes, while Brentwood Town beat Witham Town 1-0 – Harrison Georgiou scored the only goal of the game after 17 minutes.

Tilbury went nap at Chadfields against VCD Athletic, taking a 3-0 lead through Ryan Melaugh and an Emiel Aiken brace before Victor Zapata Caicedo replied on 54 minutes.

Danny Norton restored the Dockers` three-goal cushion 2 minutes later, and although Zapata Caicedo scored again on the hour-mark, Conor Mead made it 5-2 in the 86th minute.

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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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