Wednesday February 21
Crowborough Athletic moved into third place with a hard fought and well deserved 1-0 win away at Canterbury City. After a goalless first half Trevor McCreadie broke the deadlock in the 56th minute when firing home from the edge of the box following an assist from Ross Treleaven. The game turned slightly scrappy after the goal and on 70 minutes both sides were reduced to Ten Men after a clash between Tom Vickers and Matt Martin. The hosts pushed on in the final stages but ultimately could not break down the Crows defence and at the final whistle it was the visitors that take the points and move into third place in the table. The loss ends an eight game unbeaten run for Canterbury meaning they remain in 9th place ahead of their trip to Tunbridge Wells on Saturday.
Tuesday February 20
Hollands & Blair increased their unbeaten run to three games with a 0-0 draw at AFC Croydon Athletic tonight. The point moves them to within three of 19th placed Rochester, a gap that could be cancelled out with a good result at Rusthall on Saturday. AFC Croydon remain 6th but are now just one behind Lordswood in 5th. The Rams have an away date with Chatham Town this weekend.
Corinthian against Sevenoaks Town was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.
Challenge Cup 1/4 Finals
Deal Town and Whitstable Town once again saw their tie postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.
Tunbridge Wells v Cray Valley PM also failed a pitch inspection.
Both games will attempt to finally get played on Tuesday 27th February.
The only goal of the evening in the SCEFL Divisions came in the Meridian VP v Phoenix Sports Reserves game and was scored by Mojeed Adisa in the 34th minute for the hosts. The former Crockenhill man grabbed his 7th league goal of the season to move Meridian VP into 12th place whilst the visitors remain 14th.
Saturday February 17
Lightning clearly does strike twice as for the second time in a week a team low down in the Division has sent the current League Leaders flying from their perch. This time it was Tunbridge Wells who caused the shock of the day as they went to Eden Park Avenue and put in a stunning performance to snatch the points and remove Beckenham Town from their place at the top of the table. They got off to a great start, when in the 12th minute Jack Harris gave them a surprise lead. However, and more predictably, Richard Atkins scored once again and his 24th of the Season made the game level. The visitors were not pinned back for long though as in the 30th minute Josh Biddlecombe netted and their lead was restored. Tunbridge Wells were able to hold it through to half-time and then onto the hour mark where they even extended it further when Jarred Trespaderne made it 3-1. With 5 minutes to go Shameek Farrell set us up for a tense finish to the game by pulling one back for the hosts but they could not complete the comeback and all credit should be given to Tunbridge Wells for claiming an excellent result. With the win they move into 16th place whilst Beckenham move off the top and in to second, their 9 match unbeaten run has come to an end and they once more will play catch-up to Sevenoaks.
Photo: Tunbridge Wells deny Richard Atkins once more on their way to a well deserved victory. Credit: Richard Mann Gallery
Sevenoaks Town were like a wounded animal today as they took out the frustration from their midweek defeat on a Deal Town side that just could not handle the firepower at Micky Collins disposal. It was two goals in each half for the hosts as Jason Thompson and Kenny Pogue got them out of the blocks before Mark Jones and Frankie Sawyer scored late to seal the win. The three points puts Sevenoaks back on top of the pile whilst the visitors have now slid down in to 10th place.
Whitstable Town and Lordswood drew 1-1 to each continue their impressive unbeaten runs after a tight affair at Belmont Road. The two goals came in quick succession around the half-hour mark with Ricky Freeman giving the hosts the lead before Joe Kane headed home the equaliser. Whitstable remain third three points ahead of 5th placed Lordswood.
Two weeks ago Canterbury City and AFC Croydon Athletic could not be split as they played out a 1-1 draw in the reverse fixture. This time around it was anything but close as Canterbury hit 5 without answer to make it eight matches unbeaten and move up in to 9th position. Jamie Maxted got the scoring underway when he headed home a Dave Pilcher free-kick on 28 minutes. Just two minutes later the lead was doubled by Rob Lawrence when the striker reacted quickest as the ball came back off the bar to make it 2-0. In the second-half the visitors were reduced to ten men before Matt Martin scored a quickfire double and Tom Barton sealed a convincing victory with the 5th in the dying seconds.
Cray Valley PM left it very late to grab the win as a 95th minute Kevin Lisbie penalty ensured the points stayed at Badger Sports in a tight battle with Chatham Town. After a goalless first-half it was the visitors that took the lead when Russell Bedford tucked home a 68th minute penalty. Calum Willock replied in the 80th minute when he equalised from close range and then just as it looked like the points were about to be shared the hosts earned a penalty which the former Premier League man dispatched. With the win Cray Valley move in to 11th and can now turn their attention back to the Cup and a Midweek Quarter-Final date with Tunbridge Wells.
Corinthian came in to the game at Glebe on the back of 4 defeats in a row and their confidence must have been knocked further when Laurent Hamici gave the hosts a 10th minute lead. They answered that setback in style though in the 20th minute when Jack Billings fired home from the edge of the area to draw level. Just three minutes later Michael Hurcomb gave Corinthian the lead and got them dreaming of a win at last. It remained 2-1 until midway through the second half when Jack Billings got his second and The Hoops third of the game and despite Hamici also grabbing a brace the points went to Corinthian and with them they move up to 7th place.
With a great win last week Hollands & Blair started to picture a life away from the bottom of the table. They may not have got a victory in this match but a point against Crowborough Athletic should also be seen as a decent acheivement. James McDonald gave the hosts a lead on the half hour before Trevor McCreadie evened the match in the 57th minute. The visitors pressed forward but could not break a stubborn Blair defence and the game ended 1-1.
Photo: Hollands & Blair and Crowborough Athletic play out a 1-1 draw at Star Meadow. Credit: Craig Carrington Gallery
Rusthall had lost the 5 previous games to this match against Erith Town and their fans would have been worried that run would extend to six when Sidney Warden gave the visitors a 37th minute lead. Fortunately for them they were back on level terms before the break through Steve Smith and with no further goal action the game ended level. The point moves The Dockers into 14th place whilst Rusthall stay 18th.
Rochester United got off to a great start when Dan Nash put away a 4th minute penalty and had they been able to hold on to the win they would have created a 6 point distance between themselves and Hollands & Blair on the bottom. As it happens they could not hold on and almost lost the game as Sheppey United equalised through Timmy Babbington before taking a 75th minute lead thanks to Kyron Lightfoot. It was now the turn of Sheppey to not be able to hold on to the lead as they conceded a last minute equaliser through Andy Pierce leaving the teams to share the points and dream of what could have been.
Saturday February 17
Punjab United remain top of the table after a tight 2-1 victory over SC Thamesmead at the Elite Venue. Will Johnson-Cole put the hosts into the lead in the 33rd minute when he grabbed his 20th goal of the Season. Andy Suman doubled the scoreline in the 54th minute but that was quickly cancelled out when Josh Patrick pulled one back minutes later. Punjab managed to hold on and victory makes it 7 wins on the spin and means they stay a point clear at the summit of the Division.
It is K Sports that are the side a point behind the leaders and that distance was never going to increase as they quickly made safe their visit to Meridian VP. Prolific striker Caine Smith opened the scoring in the 8th minute before Bailey Pearce doubled the lead shortly after. The score stayed that way until Caine Smith was able to get his second and secure a comfortable 3-0 victory for the visitors just before the hour mark.
Photo: Caine Smith nets for K Sports away at Meridian VP. Credit: Alan Coomes Gallery
FC Elmstead made it back-to-back victories but they were certainly made to work hard for the points as they gained a close 3-2 win at Gravesham Borough. It was the home side that made the breakthrough when Jason Fregene gave them a lead on the half hour. That advantage did not last long though as Jordan Samuel squared the game just a few minutes later. Midway through the second half Samuel got his and his sides' second goal but once more it only took a few minutes for this one to get back level as in the 71st minute Lee Garlinge evened things up. There was one more goal to come and that went to the visitors through Harry Harding and was enough to win the game and move Elmstead up to 9th in the table.
At Potyns Sports Field it ended Snodland 1 Erith & Belvedere 2, but that was just the red card tally. Fortunately for them the goal count went the way of the visitors too as they left it very late to grab the only goal in what was a very tight match. It was Tahjae Anderson that got the winner with just two minutes left on the clock and with the victory The Deres close to within one point of 7th placed Snodland but with 3 games in hand.
Phoenix Sports Reserves ran out comfortable 6-0 winners against a Crockenhill side clearly struggling this season. The visitors have now conceded 32 goals in the last 4 games and this defeat makes it 12 losses in a row. Kehinde Aileru opened the scoring in the 21st minute with Ramell Lake adding the second before the break. In the second half Tarik Ibrahim grabbed a brace before Lewis Afflick and Richard Sesay completed the rout late on.
Sutton Athletic earned their third win on the spin with an impressive 3-0 victory at home to Stansfeld. Conor Evans broke the deadlock just before the break before James Sutherland and a Jack Howlett penalty ensured the points would be staying with the Hextable-based side.
Sutton Athletic v Stansfeld