Here are your weekly match reports from Isthmian League matches covered by WDSportz.
Hanwell 0-1 Ashford, South Central Division
Dan Brown’s early strike earned Ashford a spectacular away win to inflict a first league defeat on Hanwell since March.
Both teams started brightly at Reynolds Field and visiting goalkeeper Mason into action, but it was Ashford who struck on the counter-attack to take the lead on 15 minutes. Adjei’s through ball released Brown, who showed great pace and composure to make space for the shot and finish under Sobte.
Ashford saw out the half and were especially impressive in defending set-pieces and winning aerial duels.
The visitors continued to frustrate Hanwell with their compact structure in the second-half, with crosses from wide areas rarely troubling their backlines or Mason between the sticks.
Despite Hanwell’s dominance of possession, Ashford still looked dangerous on the counter-attack, forcing Sobte to act as sweeper on occasion. Darryl Henderson forced a decent save at the near post before his side faced a barrage of free kicks and crosses from both flanks.
Hanwell will be disappointed not to have threatened more from their many balls into the box, but almost claimed an equaliser at the death from an in-swinging corner which was cleared off the line.
The full-time whistle brought a first league defeat of the season to league leaders Hanwell, who lead nearest rivals Ware by 4 points, while Ashford registered just their second win of the season.
Up next for Hanwell is a trip to 7th-place Westfield, while Ashford face Hartley Witney ADFA Senior Challenge Cup - with both matches scheduled for this evening.
Hullbridge Sports 1-1 Basildon United, North Division
A clash at the bottom of the North Division saw the points shared at Lower Road after Basildon’s Ernest Okoh cancelled out Luke Hornsley’s opener.
The first chance of the match fell to Hullbridge’s Okunja, who could only fire straight at the visiting keeper Bogard. Sotoyinbo and Monsheju also had efforts on goal, but Bogard was equal to them.
Basildon began to grow into the game, forcing a last-ditch clearance by Hullbridge’s Allen before goalkeeper Greene denied an effort from range.
Hullbridge took the lead on 26 minutes as Hornsley riffled a header into the top corner from Matt Rose’s cross from the left.
However, Okoh hit back almost immediately for the visitors, cutting in with silky footwork from the left and finishing to the far post from inside the box.
The game continued in end-to-end fashion, with both sides having great chances to take the lead. Callum Fitzner and Odukoya looked especially threatening for the hosts and the visitors respectively.
Yemi Adelani should have earned the three points for the hosts in the closing stages, but saw his effort trickle wide after being played in by Fitzner.
The full-time whistle leaves Hullbridge in 15th with 13 points and Basildon 18th, four points behind them.
Both teams are in action this evening, with Great Wakering Rovers facing Hullbridge in the Velocity Trophy and Aveley visiting Basildon in a rearranged league fixture.
Josh O’Brien is one of our sports journalists. He currently studies a multimedia sports journalism degree at the UCFB Wembley campus. His previous roles include writing for You are my Arsenal blog, The Sun’s Dream Team app and betting company Kwiff.