We kicked off the New Year with a fantastic set of fixtures in the Premier Division and they didn’t disappoint with plenty of goals, shocks a plenty, and a new SCEFL record made in the big game of the day.
Chatham Town won the top of the table clash against Sheppey United with Dan Bradshaw and Dean Beckwith scoring in a 2-0 victory.
That result gives the Chats a 7 point lead over their rivals but the major talking point came off the field with 1876 spectators passing through the turnstiles to smash our attendance record and prove that both of these sides are ready should any any future promotion come their way.
At the other end of the standings several threatened teams picked up a vital 3 points to kick off 2022 in the perfect way.
Welling Town came from behind to win away at Erith Town.
Jason Goodchild gave The Dockers a first half lead but Tim Monsheju levelled and Casey Nolan-Samuels netted a late winner.
Rusthall were 3-2 victors at Holmesdale thanks to a fantastic first 45 at Oakley Road.
The Rustics went into the break 3-up thanks to goals from Jack Smith, Luke Adams and Tommy Lawrence.
The hosts pulled a couple back to set up a tense finish but Rusthall held on and are now 6 points clear of basement boys Lordswood.
Tower Hamlets are 3 clear of the Lords.
Hamlets continued their recent revival with an excellent 3-2 success at Erith & Belvedere – given to them by an injury time Hasan Yilmaz winner.
Deal Town cruised to a 4-0 win at K Sports to keep close to the leading 4 sides in the table.
Rene Rivera, Billy Munday, Troy Howard and Tom Chapman were all on target for the ruthless Hoops.
Canterbury City rallied late to earn a point at Bearsted.
Goals from Andy Irvine and Sam Stace had given the Bears a 2-goal advantage within the hour but late finishes from Eniye Amgbaduba and Sam Stace ensured the points were shared.
In South London, Fisher ended Crowborough Athletic’s impressive winning run with a goal in each half at Salter Road.
Julio Da Mata got the opener and Sam Edwards added to it, handing Fisher the 3 points that move them up to 13th place.
We also had 2x 0-0’s today, doubling the goalless game count for this Division this season in one afternoon.
Punjab United v Glebe finished blank as did Hollands & Blair against Kennington.