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Regent make Vase progress while Stanway and Wivenhoe win
BRIGHTLINGSEA REGENT cemented their place in the FA Vase second qualifying round after an emphatic 5-1 victory at home to Team Bury.
James Webster’s side were determined to avoid a banana skin, against lower-ranked opposition.
And they ensured there was no upset by making convincing progress, thanks to first-half goals from Kevin Coyle, Terry Rymer and Jake Holman.
Team Bury pulled one back but Coyle added his second, before the returning Phil Kelly – back after a spell at Hadleigh United – scored on his return to North Road.
While Regent were busy in the Vase, north Essex’s other sides were in Thurlow Nunn League action.
New STANWAY ROVERS boss Angelo Harrop enjoyed his first victory - a 3-1 success at home to Kirkley & Pakefield.
It was a clash of the bottom two as WIVENHOE TOWN and Woodbridge met at the Maple Tree Cars Stadium.
Neither side had won a game, but it was the Dragons who pocketed their first three points thanks to a second-half strike from Tim Dennis.
FC CLACTON led twice but were forced to share the spoils from a 2-2 draw at home to Haverhill Rovers.
BRANTHAM ATHLETIC ran out 3-0 winners at home to struggling Ely City.
HALSTEAD TOWN, second in division one, ran out comfortable 4-1 winners at basement boys Needham Market Reserves.
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