Saturday April 22
Action from the Croydon v Ashford United game. Picture by Alan Coomes
Ashford United maintained their top spot with a convincing 4-0 win at Croydon
. Shaun Welford hit another hat-trick, one from the penalty spot, and Stuart West scored the other. The Trams will finish in 12th place.
Crowborough Athletic had Zac Attwood's 20th minute penalty conversion to thank for their 3 points at home to Beckenham Town but keep in touch none the less. Becks are safe from the drop in 18th place.
Sevenoaks Town had a 2-0 win at home to Fisher but for much of the game it was hard to believe that there were 17 league table places between the sides. Fisher fought for every ball and had the woodwork been a little thinner it might have been a different story. In the end Billy Bennett scored twice for the Oaks and the Fish are all but relegated. The Oaks are now confirmed in 3rd place and will record the clubs highest ever finish.
Cray Valley PM suffered a 1-0 reversal at Whitstable Town. Ollie Lee scored the lone goal in the 52nd minute. The Millers are now confirmed in 4th place but the Natives 5th place could be usurped by Sheppey United as both sides are on 68 points. The Islanders had Richard Atkins to thank for their 1-0 win at Corinthian. The Hoops will now finish in 10th place.
AFC Croydon Athletic are currently in 7th place. They retrieved 2-2 draw from a 0-2 deficit at home to Deal Town. An own goal gave Deal a 7th minute lead then Joe Reeves doubled their tally in the 51st minute. Warren Mfula and Andy Walker managed to salvage the point which now sees them separated from Hollands & Blair by 3 points with equal goal difference and 1 game each to play. Blair also finished 2-2 in their game at Tunbridge Wells. Chris Seenan opened for the Wells before Gary Lockyer levelled and James Mcdonald gave the visitors a 2-1 half time lead. Josh Biddlecombe score the equaliser just before the hour-mark.
Canterbury City will stay 9th in the table come the end of the season. They met Lordswood in rear-guard action mode as the Lords ensured Premier Division football for next season with a 3-1 win. Joe Halford put City on the road in the 3rd minute but a 22nd minute own goal halted their forward movement and the half finished 1-1. Kyle McDowall and Sam Lovage each scored a second half goal to put the Lords on 33 points and safe.
Bearsted are currently in 12th place. They had a field-day at home to Erith & Belvedere hitting them for 7 with just a single in reply. A hat-trick each from Constantine Scarlat and Sam Flisher and an own goal were answered by a lone Seb Schoburgh77th minute goal. The Deres end in 19th place, just 1 point above the Fish and will go down unless there is no-one relegated down from the Isthmian in which case it is between those 2 as to who takes the drop.
And finally, Erith Town are safe for Premier Division football next season after they beat Rochester United 2-0 at Rede Court. Ola Giwa and Nathan Palmer scored the goals.
The final Saturday of 1st Division action was a purely academic affair, except that all clubs will have been wanting the highest finish possible.
Champions Glebe were held to a 1-1 draw at Lydd Town which sees Lydd ending in 9th place. Steve Harris scored the Lydd goal then Fred Obasa levelled for Glebe who have one outstanding game to play at home to Orpington on Tuesday evening.
Rusthall had finished their season last weekend.
Sutton Athletic are confirmed in 3rd place after their 6-1 win at Forest Hill Park. Luke Newman scored twice as did Chris Mirlees and there were singles from Chris Page and Jack Longhurst. The Forest Hill scorer is not reported. Forest Hill finish in 11th place while Sutton are on level points with Kent Football United who are 4th on goal difference. KFU enjoyed a 2-0 win at FC Elmstead with Dean Carpenter and Ahmed Dean (penalty) scoring the goals. Elmstead still have a game to play on Tuesday against Gravesham Borough so could end up either 13th or 14th depending on the outcome.
K Sports end in 5th place. They had a very open game at home to Sporting Club Thamesmead which ended 4-4 and leaves SC in 10th place. Caine Smith, Liam Dawson, Nick Nowotny and Ed Morant scored for Sports while Dan Parish, Gary Stock and Josh Patrick (2) were the SC scorers.
Holmesdale end their 1st season at step 6 in 6th place after winning 2-1 at Meridian VP who end in 17th place. Joe Diggins scored for the home side while Reggie Yembra scored both for the Dalers.
Bridon Ropes end in 7th spot after a 1-1 draw with 15th placed Eltham Palace. Not known who scored for Palace but Ayrton Tansiri scored the Bridon goal.
Snodland Town finish their debut season at step 6 in 8th place and celebrated with a 4-0 win against nominally last placed Lewisham Borough. Liam Gillies scored a hat-trick nd Aaron Chilies scored the other.
Phoenix Sports Reserves have finished in 12th place and ended their season with a 1-1 draw at home to Orpington who are in 14th. Malik Ouani scored for the ressies and Lee Irvine scored the final step 6 goal for the Os who have applied for voluntary relegation. We wish everyone at Orpington all the best for their future in football.
And finally, Crockenhill secured 18th place even though they were comprehensibly beaten 5-1 by 16th placed Gravesham Borough. Lekon Osideko scored a Borough hat-trick and Che Krabbendam scored a brace while Tom Marle hit the Crocks consolation.
The table will be amended after the final 2 league games have been played on Tuesday.
The FA discipline Regs Steps 5-7