Saturday 4th January 2020
32 goals in the 8 games today as the teams at the top won and the outsiders dropped points in the First Division.
Rochester United are still at the summit thanks to a strong second half display at Lewisham Borough. Level at the break the Spartans soon found another gear and racked up 3 goals through a Callum Peck brace and Luis Dos Santos. It gives them a two point cushion although they have played more than every other team.
Kennington keep their second position after seeing off Bridon Ropes 3-1 at Homelands. Tom Scorer and Ryan Philpott netted early with Joe Fisher adding a second half penalty for the hosts. It was too little too late when Dilan Nlandi pulled one back and Ropes stay in the bottom two.
Rusthall were the biggest winners of the day in this Division after defeating Greenways 5-0 at Jockey Farm. A Reuel Powell-Downey second half hat-trick did the damage coming after Luke Adams and Charlie Clover had set them on the way. With the Rustics sitting in 3rd place with games in hand on those above things are looking good for a speedy return to the Premier.
Stansfeld extended their unbeaten run to 7 games, winning 6 of those, after returning from Croydon with all 3 points. Jake Britnell gave the visitors a first half lead with Ryan Hassan adding a second in the 64th minute. A Josh Owen consolation set up a tense finish but Stansfeld held on and have now entered the top six.
FC Elmstead jumped back into the promotion places after coming from behind to see of Snodland Town at the London Hire Ground. Darren Neavin had put the visitors 1-0 up at the break but former Premier Division Golden Boot winner Richard Atkins levelled for his new side before going on to net a late winner. Elmstead are now 5 points off the top while Snodland Town drop to 15th.
The points were shared at Bayliss Avenue with SC Thamesmead and Forest Hill Park playing out a 2-2 draw. Ollie Milton scored early for the away side with Rolex Buiti equalising just before half time. A stunning overhead kick from Milton restored Forest’s lead until Harvey Browne levelled late in the day to secure a point for the hosts.
Sutton Athletic scored once in each half to beat Meridian VP and keep their unbeaten run going. Arlie Desanges got both goals and although Sutton are down in 12th they will still have hopes of a top four finish.
The highest scoring game of the day came in Dartford with Lydd Town coming out best in a 7-goal thriller with Kent Football United. Ryan Smith was the star for the Lydders, grabbing a hat-trick including a 90th minute winner to give his side their first win since October. The hosts were unlucky to not take a point, especially after missing a penalty deep into injury time, and now find themselves further adrift from safety at the bottom of the table.