Basildon, Brightlingsea and Brentwood are our Saturday best

By Ian Townsend

It's third, fourth and fifth for Bees, Regent and Blues- whilst brave Redbridge's Trophy run comes to an end

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Pitching In Isthmian North side Redbridge had rather a long trip and some illustrious opponents, Hereford their hosts. Hereford sit in mid table in National League North but had been very good on their own patch, winning seven of their last eight at Edgar Street- the only side to defeat them being Gillingham in the FA Cup First Round. The travelling Motormen gave them a scare, James Barlow putting them ahead five minutes before the break, but the Bulls bounced back, levelling six minutes after the break, going ahead four minutes later and making it three-one on sixty four minutes. Hereford got a fourth late on, but the Motormen have much to be proud of.

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Basildon United have been magnificent of late, and welcomed Gorleston from the lofty heights of third place. The Bees were on a seven match unbeaten run in League and Cup, only Grays Athletic taking as much as a point, and scored six at Bury Town in midweek, whilst Gorleston started the weekend in tenth place, but had won their previous two matches without conceding a goal.

The visiting Greens made the breakthrough soon after the start of the second half, Ryan Curtis with the opening goal, but they also contributed the second significant statistic of the afternoon, a red card for Jacek Zielonka on the hour. The ten men held out for six minutes, Kyle Jude with the equaliser, and the Bees got a winner right at the end, Samir Ali taking them to within a point of second place Felixstowe.

Image from Nicky Hayes.

Maldon & Tiptree v Bury Town side was abandoned early in the second half after a floodlight failure.

Brightlingsea Regent hoped to climb back into the top five as they welcomed Ipswich Wanderers. Regent had won two and lost two of their previous four, and based on that run were due a victory- and it duly arrived. Wanderers went ahead on twenty three minutes through Teon Leggett, but that just riled the hosts, Kojo Apenteng levelling six minutes later- and Regent added three more after the break. Zack Littlejohn got their second and third, on sixty two and seventy one minutes, and a minute from time Dominic Locke made it four.

Regent go fourth.

Brentwood Town were in good form as they travelled to Grays Athletic, with only one defeat from eight. They made that one from nine with three late goals, when the match looked to be heading towards a goalless draw. Andy Freeman broke the deadlock ten minutes from time, and four minutes later Romel Aarons Royal made it two. Right at the end Daniel Ogunleye added a third, and the Blues leapt into the top five.

Enfield welcome Bowers and Pitsea today.

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Where next?

Three Scholars Isaac Currie, Noah Mosanya and Zuriel Otseh-Taiwo are new at Potters Bar Town
Blues, Hawks and Hornets progress in the Trophy- whilst the Urchins maintain their lead in the Premier Billericay slay giants, Horsham and Whitehawk reach the Third Round- whilst in the league we have wins for Hornchurch, Enfield Town, Wingate and Hamlet

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