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Sykes Hat-Trick Helps Gulls To Sixth Straight Win

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A George Sykes hat-trick helped Canvey Island record their sixth straight Bostik League North victory with a 3-1 success away to Witham Town on Saturday.

Sykes opened the scoring after just 8 minutes and 12 minutes later bagged his second.

Usman Adeniji pulled the home side back into the game 7 minutes later.

But Sykes completed his triple with 20 minutes remaining.

AFC Hornchurch remain two points back after edging out a Bowers & Pitsea side who dropped to fourth as a consequence of Brad Warner`s goal 10 minutes from time at Bridge Road.

Dereham Town sandwich the Urchins and Bowers after they beat Potters Bar Town 3-1 at Aldiss Park.

Jamie Forshaw gave the home side a massive boost of a 2nd minute lead that Danny Beaumont added to just 4 minutes later.

Forshaw made it 3-0 with 7 minutes of the first half remaining.

Potters Bar `won` the second period, thanks to an 88th minute consolation from sub Pierre Etienne.

Bury Town missed the opportunity to move up to joint third when they were beaten 2-1 at Ram Meadow by a Maldon & Tiptree side who are now two points behind the Blues in seventh.

After a goalless first half, Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe fired the Jammers into the lead in the 57th minute and while they were pegged back by a Ricky Spriggs equaliser on 66 minutes, they went on to wrap up the win.

It came courtesy of a Kieran Bailey strike in the 77th minute to secure a 2-1 victory, although Maldon ended the game with ten-men as Dexter Peter was sent-off in the final minute.

AFC Sudbury won 2-1 against a now bottom side Romford at the Wardale Williams Stadium under new boss Mark Morsley.

The home side`s opening goal in the 2nd minute came when a long ball out found Ollie Dunlop and he crossed and Jamie Eaton-Collins slotted the ball over the Romford `keeper.

There was no further scoring before the half-time interval but just after the hour-mark Romford equalised, Greg Akpele`s shot was deflected past Paul Walker.

The visitors were looking stronger than the home side, however on 71 minutes Sudbury got back in front when a cross from the right by Sam Mills found Jake Clowsley at the far post to steer the ball home.

Another new manager, Aveley`s James Webster, was unable to celebrate three points as his side were pegged back to 2-2 after leading 2-0 at half-time by Soham Town Rangers at Parkside.

Jordan Watson after 13 minutes and Adam Bolle 8 minutes later had the Millers in control.

But Lee Chaffey on he hour-mark and then Craig Gillies in stoppage time pulled the visitors back on terms.

Norwich United pulled themselves off the foot of the table after a 2-1 win against Waltham Abbey at Plantation Park.

The Planters led through Hafeez Sanusi`s 25th minute opener and then added a second through Adam Hipperson 3 minutes after half-time.

The Abbots finished with ten-men when Spencer Harrison was dismissed for a second yellow card offence 7 minutes from time.

Mildenhall Town triumphed 3-1 at Mayesbrook against fellow newcomers Barking, taking a 39th minute lead through Shaun Avis` 39th minute spot-kick and then adding a second 6 minutes later, courtesy of Dan Brown.

Craig Calver`s 52nd minute third took Hall away from the Blues, with sub Sam Shaban netting a consolation in the 66th minute.

Another of the newly-promoted sides, Hertford Town, enjoyed a good 2-1 win at Chadfields against Tilbury, whose Emiel Aiken had given them a 25th minute lead.

Brett O`Connor equalised just before half-time and then a Charlie Little own goal 14 minutes from time earned the visitors` win.

Cheshunt led through a 33rd minute Brendan Cavalier own goal at Brentwood Town, whose sub Brad Hunter came off the bench to grab an 88th minute leveller.

Biggest winners of the day, however, were Grays Athletic, who won 5-0 at Wodson Park against Ware and finished the game with ten-men too!

The Essex visitors led 2-0 at half-time, thanks to a Prince Madu own goal and a Sam Cross effort.

Recent signing Tim Monsheju added a third just past the hour-mark and then Keiran Bishop made it 4-0 with 7 minutes remaining.

Monsheju made it a nap hand in stoppage time, but there was still time for Stanley Muguo to pick up a second yellow card.

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