Essex Senior League: Burnham 3 Ilford 2
PUBLISHED: 21:57 15 August 2017 | UPDATED: 21:58 15 August 2017
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Ilford returned empty-handed from Leslie Field after a surprise defeat against struggling Ramblers.
Allan Fenn’s men had won three of their first four league matches this season and made the long trip to Burnham on the back of a 3-0 success at Enfield, while their hosts had lost their first three league matches of the campaign.
And only seven minutes had been played when Bradley Morgan put bottom club Burnham ahead with a lobbed finish over Thomas Jackson into the right corner of the net.
But Ilford were back on terms just past the quarter-hour mark as Chris Lockwood curled a free-kick into the left corner of the net.
The visitors looked far from at their best and fell behind on 58 minutes when Charlee Hughes struck a second for Ramblers.
But the Foxes found a quick response as James Peagram – their hat-trick hero at Enfield at the weekend – levelled matters once more on the hour with a tap-in.
Burnham took the lead for a third time on 70 minutes, though, as Jed Bowman looped a shot over the head of Jackson and it proved decisive as Ilford failed to find a way back.
Fenn’s men will now turn their attentions to their FA Cup preliminary round tie against Haverhill at Cricklefield Stadium on Saturday, when £1,925 in prize money will be on offer to the winners.