Dagenham United 1 - 5 Epping Town FC

September 8, 2018 - 2:30 pm at Ford Sports & Social Club, Newbury Park

Epping Town scored five goals for the second successive Saturday as they began their league campaign – Senior Division Four of the Essex Olympian League – with a 5-1 victory at Dagenham United.

The two sides above Epping Town – Catholic United Reserves and Galleywood Reserves – both have four points from two games.

Epping Town have the best goal difference in the division.

Liam Clifton opened the scoring for the second successive match – following his lob from the halfway line in the 5-0 Senior League Cup victory over Old Barkabbeyans – with goals from captain Chris Lockwood, Alex Paraskeva and Joe Killingback putting Epping Town 4-0 ahead at half-time.

Alex Paraskeva netted his second in the second half.

Manager Billy Cove said: “The game was won in the first half, going in at half-time 4-0 up was a great feeling and it could very easily have been 10 if it wasn’t for some very poor finishing and their ‘keeper pulling off some very good saves.

“The second half saw us take our foot off the pedal a bit and with the strong wind against us we allowed them to get in behind us and we conceded a very soft penalty which they converted.”

He added: “It’s not every day you feel disappointed with a 1-5 away win but I feel we should have scored more, and we should have been able to keep a clean sheet.

“I expect a better all-round performance next week, and I expect us to be more clinical in front of goal.”

Next Saturday Epping Town – who are unable to play at their ‘home’ ground at the Stonards Hill recreation ground in Epping while refurbishment work continues at the Jack Silley Pavilion – travel to Rochford, near Southend, to take on Corinthians.