By Ian Townsend
Again, we’ll start at the bottom. With only seconds remaining Danny Cossington’s goal for Romford at Grays Athletic was about to take Boro out of the relegation zone- and then disaster, penalty for Grays. Joao Carlos stepped up and found the net, and Romford remain behind Witham Town on goal difference. Town were hosting second place Maldon & Tiptree, and went ahead midway through the first half through Johnny Ashman, but conceded an equaliser in the second half, Jorome Slew scoring for the Jammers.
We’ll be saying goodbye to Mildenhall Town despite a fine victory at Felixstowe and Walton United. Tommy Robinson opened the scoring for Town in the first half, and Thomas Debenham and James Seymour added two more in the second, but being four points behind Romford and Witham with one match remaining confirms their relegation.
At the other end the match between playoff rivals Heybridge Swifts and Coggeshall Town was a five goal thriller, and it went the way of the Seed Growers. All of the goals came in the first half. Nnamdi Nwachuku gave Town the lead after only five minutes only for Matthew Price to quickly equalise, but two goals in three minutes midway through the half gave the visitors a significant advantage, George Allen and Ross Wall scoring them. Swifts reduced the arrears before the break through Daniel Walker, but couldn’t mind an equaliser in the second half. Town climb to third, Swifts remain fifth.
Champions Bowers and Pitsea have gone off the boil a little, and fell to defeat at Great Wakering Rovers, Martin Tuohy with the only goal of the game.
AFC Sudbury were 3-2 up against Bury Town with four minutes to go, and somehow contrived to lose the match 4-3. Emmanuel Machaya and Tanner Call put Town two up in the first half, but after the break the home side turned the game on its head, two Paul Hayes penalties and a third from Tyler French putting them ahead as the game neared a close. But Bury weren’t done, and Ollie Hughes got the equaliser before Jake Chambers Shaw got the winner deep into added time.
Bury sit in sixth place, whilst Tilbury are seventh courtesy of a four-one win over Brentwood Town. Oliver Spooner, a double from George Sykes and a fourth from Harry Watkins made the win comfortable, although Nathan Fox did get a consolation for Brentwood.
A Frankie Merrifield hat trick helped Canvey Island to a four-nil win over Barking, Adeyinka Cole with the opening goal of the game, whilst a Callum Russell double saw our other match go the way of Soham Town Rangers. Daniel Beaumont got the consolation for Dereham Town.