10:59am Monday 20th February 2012
THERE was a heart-breaking late equaliser at Gardiners Lane which denied BASILDON UNITED a much-needed victory.
The Bees looked on course for a 2-1 win over Haringey & Waltham Development after Jamie Pooley volleyed home in the 90th minute.
But from the restart Chris Rothon was adjudged to have fouled in the box, and Charlie Georghiou converted a 94th-minute penalty to earn a 2-2 draw.
The teams had gone in level at the interval after Terry Lindsey put the Bees in front with a header from a corner, and Billy Reynolds levelled with a 25-yard effort.
BOWERS & PITSEA picked up a great win as Michael Salako’s 29th minute strike proved the only only goal of the game at in-form Barkingside. Bowers gave starts to reserve keeper Mitchell George and Carl Reed, who made his debut after signing from Southend Manor.
The winning goal came when the hosts failed to clear the ball convincingly and Ambrose Tukei’s pass split the defence, allowing Salako to beat the offside trap and slot past the onrushing keeper. Bradley Cranfield thought he had added a second for Bowers after the restart, only for it to be chalked off for a foul on the keeper.
SOUTHEND MANOR kept pace with league leaders Witham Town — on points at least.
Goals from Ben Hudson, Chris Baddeley and Gosling Matembele gave them a 3-0 win at home to Sporting Bengal.
That meant they finished the day on 53 points and level with Witham, although they won too, at Eton Manor, and did their goal-difference no harm at all with a 10-1 victory.
But there was a home defeat for HULLBRIDGE SPORTS against Burnham Ramblers.
Ramblers took a third-minute lead through Ricky Evans, and doubled their advantage with a goal from Bradley Nobbs.
Strikes either side of the break from Julian Simon-Parson (30) and Michael Dekeyzer (50) drew Sports level.
But Ramblers claimed all three points when Jamie Abbott scored what would prove to be the winner 20 minutes from time.
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