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Urchins Hold Thirteen-Point Lead At The Top Of Bostik North

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AFC Hornchurch hold a thirteen-point lead at the top of the Bostik League North table after Saturday`s round of matches.

The Urchins saw off play-off chasing Haringey Borough 2-1 at Bridge Avenue, courtesy of a George Purcell brace in the 28th and 72nd minutes, with Lionel Stone pulling one back for Boro 4 minutes from time.

Bowers & Pitsea are second and hold a seven-point advantage over third-placed Potters Bar Town now after they won 1-0 at Caperhsotts against Waltham Abbey and the Scholars suffered a home defeat to Aveley by the same score.

Charlee Hughes` goal just after the hour-mark eventually proved enough for Bowers, while Ryan Cosson`s 8th minute effort stretched Aveley`s unbeaten run to five matches at the Pakex Stadium.

Dereham Town, Canvey Island and Maldon & Tiptree currently occupy the other top six spots.

Dereham were 2-0 winners at second-bottom Romford, thanks to Sam Borrer right on half-time and Ryan Crisp after 69 minutes.

And they held firm, despite having defender Seamus Kelleher dismissed for two bookings 15 minutes from time.

Canvey`s game at Brentwood Town was off, but Maldon & Tiptree conceded a late equaliser to draw 2-2 at Parkside against Grays Athletic.

The Jammers were leading at the break, thanks to a 36th minute goal from James Shepherd.

New signing Joe Ellul made it two just 6 minutes into the second half, but Grays pulled one back through Stanley Muguo on 79 minutes and recent signing Tommy Wade rescued a point for Jamie Stuart`s side 3 minutes from time.

Elsewhere, it`s been a disappointing year for Heybridge Swifts so far after enjoying early-season cup successes.

However, Saturday saw them hammer fourth-bottom Ware 6-1 at Scraley Road.

Ryan Henshaw gave them a great start with a goal after 5 minutes and although Marcus Milner equalised 11 minutes later, Matthew Price went on to complete his hat-trick, with Harrison Chatting and Juan Luque adding the others.

In contrast, there were no goals at Chadfields between Tilbury and AFC Sudbury, while Bury Town won the derby at Ram Meadow against Mildenhall Town, thanks to Cemal Ramadan on 40 minutes and Ollie Hughes 12 minutes from time after Tom Debenham had equalised on 57 minutes.

Soham Town Rangers went nap at Julius Martin Lane in the day`s other game against Hertford Town.

Goals from Joe Carden, Callum Russell and Marcus Hall made it 3-0 at the break and Craig Gillies and Russell again added further strikes in the second period.

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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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