Published: 06:00, 31 August 2020
| Updated: 08:31, 01 September 2020
Ben Chapman was on target for Ebbsfleet United in their friendly defeat against Dagenham & Redbridge.
Summer signing Chapman, formerly of Gillingham, had also scored in Fleet's midweek game against Punjab United.
Dagenham, managed by former Fleet boss Daryl McMahon, levelled the match through Paul McCallum, a shot that went in off the post past newly signed keeper Tom Hadler.
Fleet’s display was described as “bright and purposeful” but two late goals from Dagenham ensured they ran out 3-1 winners.
Gillingham were beaten 1-0 by Leyton Orient, conceding a late goal after a mistake from defender Jack Tucker. The centre-half missed a clearance and that allowed Danny Johnson to run in on goal and he chipped keeper Jack Bonham to score.
“We committed suicide with a silly individual mistake,” commented Gills boss Steve Evans.
“Jack made a big mistake and he will learn from it. He made two or three early in the game and it is concentration, it is the difference between six or seven months off.
“You can’t make errors like that and expect to win a football match.”
Sittingbourne took on a Gillingham under-23 team in an early kick-off on Saturday watched by 167 spectators.
The visiting youngsters beat the Brickies 1-0 in a well-contested match, thanks to an 80th minute goal from Toby Bancroft.
National South side Tonbridge Angels beat Carshalton Athletic 2-1, the winner coming in the 86th minute through Jack Parter, struck from outside the box.
Ben Greenhalgh had earlier put the Angels ahead before Carshalton levelled the scores just before the break.
Isthmian League, Premier Division side Margate were away to Brentwood Town on Saturday.
The Essex side took the lead but were pegged back by a headed effort from Ben Swift. Two early second half goals put the hosts 3-1 up but Gate pulled one back before the end through substitute Harry Stannard.
Cray Wanderers twice came from behind to draw 2-2 at Burgess Hill Town, a second equaliser coming on 87 minutes through Joe Taylor, netting through a crowded box.
South East Division side Ashford United were beaten 2-1 by Saltdean United.
A crowd of 187 watched on as Cray Valley made the trip to Tilbury, but they saw no goals, as the game ended 0-0.
Faversham Town were beaten 2-1 by Erith Town at the Aquatherm Stadium.
Harry Harding had cancelled out Erith’s 17th minute opener but the visitors scored an 84th minute winner.
Herne Bay were up against Punjab United. Bola Dawodu and Kyron Lightfoot were among the scorers for Bay as they won the match 4-2.
Ramsgate included new signing Roman Campbell in their starting XI against Uckfield Town, following his move from Folkestone Invicta. The 20-year-old former Gillingham pro has been described as the “perfect fit” by Rams boss Matt Longhurst.
“He shares the same aims and ambitions and will be a fantastic signing for the club,” the manager said.
Their game ended 1-1 with Kane Rowland on target for the Rams.
Sevenoaks Town, meanwhile, enjoyed a 6-1 win over Langney Wanderers.