Saturday 1st February
SCEFL First Division
Today’s 7 games went the way of the top 7 sides as the heat continues to turn up in the promotion race!
Kennington showed their ruthless side as they swept Meridian VP aside to remian at the head of the table. Gary Clarke scored 4 and Ryan Philpott 3 as the Ton won 7-0 to give them their 6th league win in a row and their biggest of the season so far.
Holmesdale once again showed their impressive strenghs at both ends of the pitch as they scored four an kept a clean sheet when entertaining Snodland Town at Oakley Road. Ryan Golding netted the first and last goals with Nathan Palmer and Jamie Rawsthorne netting in between as the hosts extended their unbeaten run to 13 games to stay right in the mix for a Premier Division place.
Rusthall also kept themselves firmly in the hunt for promotion by overcoming tough opposition in Sutton Athletic 4-1 at Jockey Farm. A Tommy Lawrence penalty got the ball rolling in the 7th minute with James Miles adding a double in the second half. Arlie Desanges reduced the deficit before Charlie Clover wrapped things up late on. Defeat for the visitors probably ends their top four hopes but for the Rustics that aim is looking good.
Rochester United claimed their 3rd win in a row to stay in 3rd place and keep the heat on the other contenders around them. The Spartans started well and were 2-0 up after a quarter of an hour. Danny Lear then gave Greenways a chance but when Callum Peck scored with 10 minutes to go this game was done. This promotion race is going to be exciting and Rochester are sure to play a key part in it.
It is now 4 wins in a row for FC Elmstead but 4 without a win for Croydon as the hosts nicked the game late on at the London Hire Ground. The first goal of the match came in just the 3rd minute with Jordan Anderson giving Elmstead the lead. Late in the game Andy Somo looked to have earned the Trams a share of the spoils but an 89th minute Richard Atkins penalty earned his side the precious 3 points.
SC Thamesmead extended their unbeaten run to 8 games with a 3-0 defeat of Kent Football United at Glentworth Sports Club. Danny Edwards opened the scoring, Dieko Falade added the second and England Kurt tidied things up as the Acre kept in contention near the top. KFU remain at the bottom and need to pick up some points before the gap to safety becomes too large.
The good run for Stansfeld continues as they were 2-0 winners at home to Lydd Town today. Early goals from Sam Ryan and Macey Malyon kept Stansfeld in contention for a top 4 place thanks to just seeing defeat once in the last ten games.