Canvey Island 3, Enfield Town 4
GEORGE THORPE at the Prospects Stadium
DEFENSIVE errors cost Canvey dear as they fell to a defeat by the odd goal in seven to strugglers Enfield Town.
Three of the visitors' goals came after mistakes by Gulls players, while at the other end they did not test out makeshift goalkeeper Lee White enough.
The ex-Concord Rangers defender went between the posts after 17 minutes when Noel Imber pulled up with a suspected torn calf muscle.
With no substitute goalie available, White donned the gloves.
Despite their adversity, Enfield took the lead two minutes later when Liam Hope was fouled needlessly in the area by Jay Curran. Hope scored the penalty himself, sending the ball into the bottom left hand corner of the net.
Canvey equalised in the 34th minute through captain Rob King after Louis Dennis put him through following Harrison Chatting’s great cross-field run.
But King’s horrendous back-pass three minutes later put Enfield back in front.
The under hit pass was picked up by Adam Wallack, who passed to Hope to slam the ball home.
Straight from the kick off Canvey went up the field and scored with Kevin Dobinson finishing off a free-flowing move.
However, in the 42nd minute Canvey conceded once again following an error at the back.
Jonathan Hunt’s corner kick was weakly punched out by Ashlee Jones and Joe O’Brien drove the ball in.
In the 56th minute Hope completed his hat-trick when he was put through by Hunt, before rounding Jones and scoring.
Dobinson should have made it 4-3 a minute later, but the midfielder managed to hit a shot over despite having an open goal in front of him.
King made it 4-3 in the 65th minute by reacting quickly to White’s fumble after Dennis hit a shot on target.
But Canvey failed to create anymore real chances and manager Steve Tilson said he was disappointed with the result, saying his side “did not turn up”.
Tilson said: “To go in at half time conceding three goals - and all three of them were down to mistakes by ourselves - is not good enough.
“You cannot defend like that and expect to win games.”
Canvey: Jones, Miller, Dumas, Dobinson, Hayles, Orlu, Curran, King, Woods-Garness, Dennis, Chatting (Mason 76).
Echo MOM: Kevin Dobinson (Canvey Island).
Harrow Borough 1, Concord Rangers 2
By JACK SMITH
CONCORD took a well-earned three points away from Earlsmead thanks to a late Harry Elmes winner from the penalty spot.
Jack Lampe come into central defence for the Beachboys in place of the suspended Steve King.
After a shot-shy first half, Concord took a 53rd minute lead when Nicky Cowley rose highest to nod home a deep Danny Glozier cross at the back post.
But Harrow found a way back into the game when Danny Spendlove cheaply gave away possession on the half-way line.
That set up a swift counter attack which was eventually smashed home through a crowded box by Simeon Akinole.
The Beachboys pressed for a winner and won a penalty late on as Adetayo Osifuwa took control of a high ball before being bundled over in the box.
And Elmes held his nerve to fire low into the bottom left corner to pick up a welcome three points for Danny Cowley's side.
And their fighting spirit was typified by a brave, late block on the line by John Easterford, who suffered a suspected broken nose and deep cut to the eye for his efforts.
Concord: Jordan, Coyne, Glozier, Cowley, Lampe, Easterford, Walker, White, Spendlove, H Elmes, Stokes.
Echo MOM: John Easterford (Concord).
East Thurrock 1, Hampton & Richmond 2
ROCKS were made to pay for a slow start as they were beaten at home by the league leaders.
The visitors were 1-0 up after a minute when a quick counter ended with James Simmonds slotting past home keeper Richard Wray.
And they were 2-0 down after eight minutes when when another swift counter ended with Joel Ledgister firing home from close range.
Reiss Gilbey put a good chance wide in the 34th minute to cap a period of dominance from the hosts.
Rocks continued to press in the second half but had to wait until four minutes from time for a goal when Gilbey volleyed home Ryan Sammons' cross.
Hampton keeper Rodney Chiweshe denied Rocks debutant Bertie Brayley an equaliser late on when he pushed his free-kick past the post.
The game also saw a late substitute appearance for former Leeds United and Thurrock striker Tresor Kandol for Hampton.
East Thurrock: Wray, Sammons, Stephen, Peddie, Gorbell, Parmenter, Ruel, Gilbey, Araba (Hall 67), Brayley, Collins.
Echo MOM: Bertie Brayley (East Thurrock).
Billericay 0, Weston-super-Mare 0
SIMON WILLIAMS at New Lodge
NEW LODGE saw its first goalless draw in over a year following a game which failed to produce any fireworks.
Billericay kept faith with the same side that beat Havant the previous weekend, and made the abortive trip to Dover, with Rob Swaine again named on the bench.
The best chances of a scrappy first half came the way of the home side.
First Junior Luke’s low cross was met by Alex Osborne, whose glancing header flashed just over.
Then, after Osborne had been fouled just outside the area, Sam Lechmere stepped up and forced Lloyd Irish into a good save from the resultant free kick.
That was about the total sum of the goalmouth action as dominant defences at both ends saw the two sides resort to long range efforts.
The second half was little better from an entertainment point of view, although the visitors did enjoy the best of the chances, and if either side was going to snatch the points it looked as though it would be them.
Ross Stearn was the first to trouble home keeper Luke Bartlett with a shot that drew a diving save from the keeper.
Minutes later came the closest either team went to scoring when a half-cleared corner fell to Weston’s Ashley Kington, whose shot struck the inside of the post before spinning across the face of goal.
Kane Ingram enjoyed two more chances, first with a header that looped onto the top of the bar and then with a shot that forced another good save from Bartlett.
Billericay: Bartlett, Collis (Swaine 74), Anderson, Edwards, Thelwell, Wild, Lechmere (Green 74), Poole, Osborn, Taylor (May 65), Luke.
Echo MOM: Chris Wild (Billericay).