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Urchins Held Up By Dockers

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AFC Hornchurch`s lead at the top of the Bostik League North table is still a very healthy eleven points but the Urchins were held to a 1-1 draw at home by mid-table Essex rivals Tilbury on Saturday.

The Dockers secured a good point, but despite the thirty-eight point gap between them in the table, it was a game they felt they should have won.

After Chris Assombalonga had given the hosts the lead right on the stroke of half-time, an equaliser from new signing Harry Norman on 68 minutes earned a point for Tilbury.

AFC Sudbury’s recent run of unbeaten games came to a halt as second-placed Bowers & Pitsea defeated them 2-0 at their Len Salmon Stadium.

A goal in each half from Ben Sartain and David Knight saw the home side take the points.

Bowers hold an eight-point advantage over third-placed Canvey Island after the Gulls were held to a 1-1 draw at a now fifth-placed Potters Bar Town.

But the Gulls played against ten-men for over an hour but were unable to press home their numerical advantage.

The visitors were leading through James Walker`s 21st minute opener when Scholars’ midfielder Billy Adcock lunged in with a dangerous challenge on Jake Pitty for which he received his marching orders 10 minutes later.

But the hosts managed to sort themselves out and show once more that beating a team with ten-men isn’t easy, and they clung on to George Nicholas` 50th minute equaliser to earn a good point.

Haringey Borough did move above Potters Bar into fourth after they won 2-0 at home to third-bottom Ware, thanks to Coby Rowe after 34 minutes and Anthony McDonald on the hour-mark.

Maldon & Tiptree occupy the final play-off spot but were beaten 2-1 by Mildenhall Town at Park Drive.

The Jammers took the lead with a goal from Joe Ellul in the 22nd minute, but Josh Curry pulled the Suffolk side level on the stroke of half-time.

And Mildenhall grabbed what proved to be the winning goal when Tom Debenham struck to put them ahead on 51 minutes.

Dereham Town have dropped down the table after losing three points to a league infringement and are level on points with the Jammers after sharing a 1-1 draw at Brentwood Town.

But it took an 80th minute equaliser from prolific marksman Tony Stokes to salvage a draw for the hosts after the Norfolk side had led through Rhys Logan`s 23rd minute opener.

Barking fell six points below the top six after going down to a surprise 2-1 defeat at Ship Lane to bottom-markers Romford.

Craig Jeakins gave Boro the lead on the half-hour mark which Greg Akpele doubled from the penalty spot a minute before the break.

All the Blues could muster in response was a goal 5 minutes into stoppage time from Izzy Bademosi.

Romford are now only two points behind second-bottom Cheshunt and four of Ware.

Cheshunt`s run of two successive wins came to an abrupt halt at Parkside against Aveley, who won 4-1 with goals from Tom Richardson after 4 and 20 minutes, Connor Witherspoon on 7 minutes and then Lewis Gard 8 minutes after the break – Sam Alderson replying on the hour-mark.

Elsewhere, it finished 0-0 at Julius Martin Lane between Soham Town Rangers and Grays Athletic and at Ram Meadow between Bury Town and Waltham Abbey.


About Author

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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