Saturday 25th January 2020
30 goals from the 8 games today with the teams at the top all winning as the tension continues to mount in the Premier Division.
Leaders Beckenham Town were in Cup action today and now hold just a one point advantage in the table as the contenders all closed in behind them. Sheppey United were once again lethal in front of goal as they saw off Punjab United 5-0 to maintain their current second position. Miles Cornwell scored a brace with Dan Bradshaw, Renford Tenyue and Laurent Hamici getting the others as the Ites comfortably sent their visitors home empty handed. It was a 13th win in a row for Corinthian overcame Lordswood 4-1 to stay in touch at the top. Jack Mahoney got the ball rolling in the 10th minute before Luke Tanner scored twice and Kameron Gyeabour wrapped things up late on. Following two draws Hollands & Blair earned all 3 points today as they left Park View Road as 3-0 victors. Erith & Belvedere held firm until the final 20 minutes when goals from Stuart West, Connor Heffernan and Caleb Bearman gave the visitors the win. Chatham Town ended AFC Croydon’s winning run in the first of a double header with the Rams. They play again on Tuesday in the Challenge Cup and the Chats will go into that one fully confident after winning this match 2-1 today.
There were five goals and five different scorers for Tunbridge Wells as they completed a quickfire win double over Canterbury City. Following on from a 2-0 Cup win in midweek against the same opposition Wells were once again solid at the back but this time more ruthless in front of goal and with games in hand are still firmly in this promotion race.
No penalty shoot-out no win for Deal Town but they did score from the spot to earn a 2-2 draw at K Sports. The hosts came from behind to lead 2-1 as we entered the final ten minutes but when the Hoops were awarded a late penalty there was only going to be one outcome.
Bearsted moved up to 8th place as they condemned Welling Town to a 9th straight defeat. James Bessey-Saldanha hit a brace as the Bears gained revenge for a reverse fixture loss back in August.
The match between Fisher and Erith Town ended as a stalemate with the point seeing each side climb a place in the table.
Things are getting tight at the top of the First Division now with the first 5 sides now seperated by just 4 points. Kennington, Rusthall, FC Elmstead and Rusthall all won today and alongside Rochester United the five of them have opened up a small gap on the rest.
Kennington once again top the lot after coming out as narrow victors against Sutton Athletic at Homelands. An early James Haylock-Ashdown goal seperated the sides with the Ton now moving to 5 league wins in a row. Rusthall left it late but are now in second place after beating Bridon Ropes 3-2 in South East London. Reuel Powell-Downey scored the winner for the Rustics after the hosts had earlier levelled each time when going behind. Holmesdale were the biggest winners of the day as they came away from the Ladywell Arena as 5-1 winners. Nathan Palmer claimed a hat-trick alongside goals from Andy Constable and Germaine Jeannoel. It is now 12 league games unbeaten for Lee Roots side while defeat for Lewisham Borough keeps them in 11th. A third win in a row keeps FC Elmstead in the promotion places but they only just got it after a tense battle with Kent Football United. Jordan Samuel and Richard Atkins were on target for Elmstead with David Olayokun keeping it close for the visitors.
Lydd Town continued their recent revival with an impressive 4-2 home win over Greenways. Despite going 2-0 down the hosts won the game with goals from Bradley Baker, Ryan Smith, an own goal and Dale Horton.
In a game between two sides in the bottom four Snodland Town and Meridian VP shared the points following a 1-1 draw. Both goals came early in the game with the point earned ending losing runs for each side.