Here is a round-up of the action that took place in the pre-season games on Saturday 22nd August.
Balham 0-1 Forest Hill Park
Bridon Ropes 4-0 Bromleians
Canterbury City 1-1 Meridian VP
Corinthian 3-1 South Park
Crowborough Ath 1-2 Eastbourne Town
Deal Town 0-1 Kennington
Eastbourne Boro 2-2 Rusthall
Fisher 1-1 White Ensign
Halls AFC 5-0 Forest Hill Park XI
Herne Bay 4-3 SC Thamesmead
Hollands & Blair 0-2 TilburyFC
Knaphill 0-1 Croydon
K Sports 0-3 Greenways
Larkfield + NHW 0-4 Tunbridge Wells
Lopes Tavares v Tower Hamlets
Lordswood 0-3 VCD Athletic
Lydd Town 2-0 Otford United
Maidstone Utd XI 3-0 FC Elmstead
Peacehaven Town 1-1 Beckenham Town
Phoenix Sports 2-6 Erith Town
Punjab United 2-3 Snodland Town
Rochester United 2-3 Crockenhill
Sevenoaks Town 6-0 Welling Town
Sittingbourne 0-1 Sheppey United
Stansfeld 1-0 Erith & Belvedere
Sturry 2-4 Bearsted
Sutton Athletic 0-1 Faversham Town
Tooting Bec 0-2 Holmesdale
Whyteleafe 1-1 AFC Croydon Ath
Football, fans, goals, it almost felt like a proper SCEFL Saturday but with another two weeks to go until we get one of them we made do with another busy schedule of pre-season games with most of our teams in action and many of them having a decent day at the office.
It may not have ended in a win but Rusthall‘s 2-2 draw at Eastbourne Borough was clearly among the most eye-catching results out there today. Despite going 2-0 down the Rustics came back and goals from Cameron Gyeabour and Jefferson Aibangbee earned our First Division side a share of the spoils against their Step 2 opponents. Photos and futher reaction can be found here.
The Isthmian South East Division provided opposition for 7 of our teams today with mixed results but no shortage of goals. SC Thamesmead had the tricky task of taking on Herne Bay, yet took the lead when Tim Beckford scored early on. The action continued at a rapid rate and when all was said and done the Bay had edged out a 4-3 win.
Erith Town have a huge game ahead of them on Wednesday night when they go to Griffin Park in the semi-final of the London Cup. They warmed up in style for that one in style though by hitting Phoenix Sports for six and only conceding two in return.
In the other games between the Divisions Sheppey United beat Sittingbourne 1-0, AFC Croydon held Whyteleafe to a 1-1 draw, Sutton Athletic lost by a single goal to Faversham Town and Welling Town were defeated 6-0 at Sevenoaks Town. At Martyn Grove, Paul Vines netted twice as his new Club, VCD Athletic, beat Lordswood 4-0.
There were half a dozen all-SCEFL games with the First Division sides winning 5 of them and the other ending level! Freddie Cray’s late winner saw Stansfeld edge out Erith & Belvedere while Kennington won in similar fashion at Deal Town. In the highest scoring of the games Snodland Town beat Punjab United 3-2, while Greenways won the showdown at Cobdown by seeing off groundsharers K Sports 3-0. Brad Cross, Farai Manganga and Jack Jeffrey were the scorers for the Greens in that derby. Canterbury City v Meridian VP was the game that finished level while Forest Hill Park picked up a 1-0 win at Balham. FHP also sent a side to Halls AFC, but the hosts won that game 5-0.
An impressive first half saw Tunbridge Wells cruise to a 4-0 win at Kent County side Larkfield and New Hythe Wanderers. Rhys Bartlett, Robbie Bissett and Ryan Cheek were among the goals in front of some very happy Wells fans, finally able to see their side in action this summer.
In the other games against Kent County sides Rochester United fell to a 3-2 defeat at home to Crockenhill while Lydd Town won 2-0 against Otford United, with Alex Coyne and Anthony Oladipupo getting the goals. Bridon Ropes welcomed Non League royalty, in the shape of Tony Incenzo, to their game with Bromleians. The Ropes won 4-0 and we hope Tony enjoyed ticking off the 2,351st ground on his list. Elsewehere Bearsted won 4-2 in their hastily arranged game versus Sturry.
Corinthian continued their fine pre-season form with another win, this time against South Park 3-1. Louie Clarke was once again on the scoresheet for the Hoops.
A great week for Croydon ended in a 1-0 win at Knaphill, making it 4 wins in 7 days for the Trams. It was another Clean Sheet too with JP Rylah being the only man to find the net today.
Elsewhere, Harvey Brand was on target for Beckenham Town in a 1-1 draw at Peacehaven. Hollands & Blair lost 2-0 against Tilbury and Crowborough Athletic lost 2-1 v Eastbourne Town. FC Elmstead lost 3-0 against a young Maidstone side at the Gallagher Stadium Shameek Farrell was among the goals for Holmesdale at Tooting Bec and Fisher drew 1-1 with White Ensign.
Main Photo Credit: Stuart Tree – Flickr Album
A positive performance from the @MeridianFC Boys.. Very disciplined and determined all around the park. Thanks to our hosts @OfficialCCFC_uk for providing a safe environment and competitive opposition. All the best for the season 💯— Sean Boothe (@SatNavtheGooner) August 22, 2020
⚽️Preseason Result⚽️— Bridon Ropes FC (@Bridon1935) August 22, 2020
Bridon Ropes 4 – 0 Bromleians FC
Very positive game for the boys today with a lot of goals and an important clean sheet.
Thanks to @Bromleians for the game and all the best for the rest of the season #Bridon#Ropes#COYR#NonLeague
Yet another pre-season win against Step 5 opposition! Another clean sheet too! The new season can’t come quick enough! Well done to @Gilesy_08@GladstheGaffer and the whole team! Up the Trams 🚃 https://t.co/uNAQa72X71— Liam Blencowe (@liam_blencowe) August 22, 2020