Saturday 14th March
SCEFL First Division
7 games went ahead, 30 goals were scored and now we have 4 teams level on points and battling for 4th place in the best First Division promotion race in it’s short history.
Back at the top of the tree are Kennington as they ran out as comfortable 5-0 winners at Kent Football United. Gary Clarke and Gary Lockyer both claimed doubles as the returning leaders bounced back in style from defeat last week. The ‘Ton’ were only able to take the top spot thanks to a last minute leveller from Forest Hill Park, at Rusthall, which denied the Rustics a 6th consecutive win and cost them their place on the summit.
The top 3 have now put distance between themselves and the other contenders and it is Holmesdale that complete that elite trio after they were impressive winners at home to Sutton Athletic today. Their lethal strikeforce of Andy Constable, Nathan Palmer and Ryan Golding were all on target as the Dale racked up a 4-0 scoreline.
The battle for 4th place is now tighter than ever after results today led to 4 teams all sitting on 45 points. SC Thamesmead currently hold the prized position, on goal difference, helped by a 3-1 win today at home to Meridian VP. After a goalless first half it was the visitors that took the lead from the spot before the ‘Acre’ came flying back into the game. 3 goals in 9 minutes won it for the hosts with England Kurti, Danny Edwards and top scorer Tim Beckford all hitting the net.
Stansfeld are one of those 4 teams battling it out for 4th place but they needed a last gasp equaliser to take a share of the points with Greenways. Stansfeld found themselves 2-0 down during the first half with Ross Murphy and Josh Taylor scoring for the Greens but a second half comeback started with a Billy Shinners finish and was completed with Billy Parkinson’s last minute effort.
The top scoring game of the day involved Bridon Ropes and Lydd Town and went the way of the Ropes as they claimed a 3rd win in a row with a 4-2 victory. The visitors scored first and last through Dale Horton but sandwiched in between were 4 Bridon Ropes goals with Liam Donaldson claiming a double and Qendrim Murselaj and Richard Jimoh also hitting the target. The points see Bridon leap over Lydd into 13th and probably end any relegation worries that might have been around the club beforehand.
A John-Prince Rylah brace helped Croydon to a 3-0 victory at Lewisham Borough, advancing them to 8th in the table. Rylah scored early in both halves before Andy Somo wrapped things up allowing the Trams to leap over their hosts and giving them back-to-back wins and clean sheets.