HULLBRIDGE Sports edged closer to winning the Essex Senior League title for the first time in the club’s history by recording a 2-0 win at West Essex.

An own goal and second half effort from Yemi Adelani allowed Sports to ensure they remain at the division’s summit.

And Darren Manning, who thought the hosts should have been reduced to 10 men before the break, was pleased to see his table-toppers come through a tricky test with three points.

The Hullbridge chief said: “One game down, two more to go.

“It was a good, professional second half after what happened just before half-time.

“We had their player apologising for losing his head and stamping on our midfielder.

“Everyone in the ground saw him do it but the referee didn’t do anything.

“It was another good win because West Essex are a good side. They were very dangerous from set pieces, but we defended extremely well.

“It’s another clean sheet and we’ll move onto the next game.”

Ollie Sotoyinbo’s cross was turned into his own net by a West Essex defender before the half hour mark.

Adelani wrapped up the victory after coming off the bench.

Southend Manor extended their fine run of form by sealing a 3-1 win over Sporting Bengal United.

William Purdy, Harry Rogers and Michael Ogboin were on target as Manor came out on top at Southchurch Park.

And boss Adam Peek was full of praise for his side.

“It was another great win and three points,” said Peek.

“We started the game slowly and were a bit flat in the first half.

“We went in at half-time with the score 0-0, but we were never under any real threat.

“Then we came out for the second half and took the game to them.

“We scored three goals in quick succession and it was a pretty comfortable game for us.

“I’m really proud of the lads because the workrate, hunger and desire has been exceptional.

“I’m pleased to have got four wins on the bounce.”