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Bowers Pull Back To Within Three Points Of Leading Urchins

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With leaders AFC Hornchurch having won on Friday night, it was the chance for the chasing pack in the Bostik League North to make up ground, and second-placed Bowers & Pitsea did just that.

They moved back to within three points of the Urchins after winning 4-0 at the Len Salmon Stadium to Soham Town Rangers.

It was virtually all over bar the shouting at half-time with the Essex side leading 3-0 with goals from John Easterford after 14 minutes, Fahad Nyanja on 41 minutes and then Lewis Manor right on the whistle.

Bowers managed the second half comfortably, adding a fourth from Manor 10 minutes from time.

Dereham Town are third after a comfortable 3-0 Aldiss Park victory over mid-table Tilbury.

A James Cooper brace in the 10th and 38th minutes gave the Norfolk side a two-goal interval lead that Jamie Forshaw added to 15 minutes from time.

Fifth-placed Canvey Island fell to a 2-1 defeat against another mid-table outfit, Mildenhall Town, at the Frost Hire Stadium.

The Gulls conceded in either half through Claudio Ofosu and Tom Debenham to find themselves 2-0 down before scoring late on through a Ryan Melaugh penalty to set up a tense finale.

Potters Bar Town slipped into the top six after they won 3-0 at home to ninth-placed neighbours Waltham Abbey and Barking lost 2-1 at Mayesbrook to Hertford Town.

At the Pakex Stadium, Sean Grace gave Potters Bar the lead with a 42nd minute opener.

Steve Brown eventually doubled that 11 minutes from time, with Eoin Casey making it game over with a third in stoppage time.

Kiernan Hughes-Mason had Barking in front after 20 minutes, only for George Lutaaya to equalise within 4 minutes.

But a Charlie Cole effort 6 minutes into the second half proved decisive for the visitors.

Haringey Borough, who still have games in hand on most around them, stay in eighth after losing 2-0 at The Village Glass Stadium against mid-table Witham Town.

The hosts took the lead in the 5th minute through Chinedu Osadebe and the points were made safe by an Elliot Ronto strike in the 52nd minute.

Cemal Ramadan bagged a brace as Bury Town saw off Ware 4-2 at Ram Meadow.

Ramadan`s opener came from the spot after 35 minutes and his second on 63 minutes.

Less than a minute later, Ross Elsom pulled one back for Ware and 3 minutes later, the same player equalised.

But goals in the final 8 minutes from Darren Mills and Ryan Jolland took the game away from Ware.

There was a six-goal thriller at Scraley Road as Heybridge Swifts and Grays Athletic shared a 3-3 draw.

Heybridge twice took the lead with goals in the 5th and 37th minutes through Juan Luque and Ruel Sotiriou.

They were pegged back both times, thanks to goals from Jamie Slabber on 25 minutes and Barry Hogan just 3 minutes after the break.

Grays` sub Tre Zialor came on in the 71st minute and was sent-off just 8 minutes later!

Then sub Tim Monsheju, who had only joined Swifts from Grays in midweek, fired the home side into a 90th minute lead.

However, Grays went almost straight up the other end and won a penalty that Kieran Bishop fired in to make it 3-3.

AFC Sudbury capitulated in the final minutes of their home game against third-bottom Norwich United and lost a winning lead.

It looked as though the three points were in the bag after a first half goal from Billy Holland and a second half from Ollie Peters would be enough, even though the visitors had squeezed in a goal from Nathan Stewart in between. However, in the final minute, Adam Hipperson crossed and Sudbury skipper Joe Whight stretched out a foot and the ball went into his own net.

Second-bottom Romford pulled three points clear of bottom-markers Cheshunt after edging a 3-2 home win over Brentwood Town.

Alfie Hilton`s 36th minute opener took Brentwood into the break in front.

Jay Knight equalised 8 minutes after the restart, only for Andy Freeman to restore Brentwood`s lead just 2 minutes later.

Connor Hammond pulled Boro back on terms on 74 minutes and an 88th minute goal from sub Nick Reynolds won it for the home side.

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