A brace from Dwade James allowed Wadham Lodge to move off the bottom of the Essex Senior League Premier Division with a 3-1 win over Hackney Wick.

The visit to their fellow strugglers was always likely to be a keenly contested clash, but Lodge put themselves in the ascendency when Mario Gnijaj scored.

It was two after half-an-hour when James made no mistake to score a penalty.

Lodge looked to be coasting to a win before Ibrahim Camara netted with 12 minutes to play to drag Wick back into the game.

The strike could have set up a nervy conclusion, but James made the most of a fumble from the Wick keeper to poke home.

Waltham Forest replace their local rivals at the foot of the table after a 3-1 loss to Woodford Town at Kitchener Road.

Home comforts did little to help Forest and they fell behind to Asher Modeste’s strike10 minutes before the half-time break.

Ethan Kessel doubled the lead four minutes after the break, but Forest were back in the game with 67 minutes on the clock when they reduced deficit to 2-1.

Only a matter of moments later Kessel squeezed an effort through the despairing grasp of the Forest keeper to seal a 3-1 win for the visitors.

The defeat leaves Forest a point adrift at the foot of the table ahead of a meeting with Barkingside on Saturday.

Redbridge's designs on the Premier Division title remained firmly in place on Saturday with a 3-1 defeat of Burnham Ramblers.

The Motormen had to be at their best to see off a committed Burnham effort but got off to a perfect start when Brian Moses headed an early opener.

However, Fraser Inns returned the favour to level on the stroke of half-time.

Moses again came to the fore just after the hour as he rose highest at a corner to head his side back in front.

Tommie Turner sealed the win after reacting quickest to Jacob Dingli's saved effort.

Redbridge are third after the win and sit a point behind league leaders Basildon United having played a game fewer.

Meanwhile, West Essex sit seventh after coming from behind in a 2-1 victory over Ilford.

Josh French was deceived by a 15th minute bobble which allowed James Peargram to put Ilford ahead.

West Essex were level just six minutes later as the game swung back in the home side's favour.

James Bromley completed the turnaround midway through the second period when his effort somehow managed to find its way into the net despite lacking any real power.

West Essex face a stern test on Friday when they travel to Redbridge for a match against their local rivals.

A win would leave Essex five points behind Redbridge.

In the Essex Premier Cup, Waltham Abbey secured serene progress through their third round tie with Old Foresters.

Abbey were the better side throughout and a brace from Leon Maxwell laid the foundations for the victory.

Yasseir Nazor got in on the act to complete the comfortable win.