DANNY Heale scored a debut goal to help Great Wakering to a 3-1 win at London APSA which sent them top of the Essex Senior League.
Heale, who’s dual signed for Rovers from Canvey, was on target in the 25th minute to make it 2-0 after Julian Simon-Parson had opened the scoring five minutes earlier.
Justin Maynard pulled one back for the hosts on the half-hour mark, but Jimmy Webb sealed the win with a penalty 10 minutes from time.
The victory moved Rovers a point clear at the top of the table from Bethnal Green United, who were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Hullbridge Sports.
Jason Fox had given the hosts a 35th minute lead, but Sports repeatedly went close to an equaliser and got their rewards when Jimmy Cox fired home in the 90th minute for a share of the points.
Bowers & Pitsea went down 2-0 at home to London Bari, for whom Geoff Mitchell’s brace made the difference in a scrappy encounter.
Bowers’ Lloyd Wilson, a new signing from Burnham Ramblers, had their best opportunity in the first half when he forced Bari’s keeper into a fine save.
But soon after the visitors went in front when Mitchell latched on to a poor pass back and rounded Michael Doyle for a 32nd minute lead.
James Clarke, Callum Leahy and Wilson all had chances for Bowers before Mitchell added a second on 68 minutes when he turned superbly in the box to fire home.
Basildon United – who are due to announce their new manager this week – lost 3-1 at home to Enfield 1893 on Saturday.
Ricky Edwards gave the visitors a 28th minute lead in front of a crowd of 75 at Gardiners Close.
But Jamie Williams made it 1-1 10 minutes after the restart.
New Bees signing Lewis Scott made a solid debut, but late goals from Neal Hughes and Chet Johnson sealed the win for the visitors.
Southend Manor claimed their second league win of the campaign by thumping Sporting Bengal 4-1 at Southchurch Park.
Jamie Salmon fired them into a 34th minute lead and an eight-minute brace from Adam Vyse put them firmly in control.
Ashley Johnson pulled a goal back for the visitors on the stroke of half-time, but Jay Smith sealed all three points for Russell Faulkner’s side 15 minutes from time.