Saturday 14th March
SCEFL Premier Division
It was mostly business as usual at the top of the table with 3 of the top 4 winning and the other dropping a place after being held to a home draw.
Beckenham Town saw their game with Hollands & Blair go into the break all square but soon after hit the net twice to keep them on top of the pile. Dominic Ogun and Luke Rooney were the scorers for Becks as they held on to their 2 point advantage over the chasing pack.
Corinthian still lead the chasers after returning from an early set-back to see off Bearsted at Gay Dawn Farm. A 3rd minute Lucian Scarlat penalty saw the Bears take the lead but 2 quickfire Hoops goals around the middle of the first half kept the hosts winning run going and their title dreams intact.
Chatham Town are back into 3rd place after they twice came from behind to eventually send K Sports home empty handed. The Paperboys first went ahead in the 10th minute with a goal from Regan Corke. Jack Evans soon equalised before James Alderman restored the visitors surprise lead. In the second half Paul Hayes scored his first goal for the Chats to level the game then with just 6 minutes remaining Evans found the net again to send the hosts into the top 3.
Sheppey United had to settle for a point in an entertaining clash with Glebe ended 1-1. All eyes were on Dan Bradshaw in the expectation of a 50th goal of the season but you need to be on the field to score and he made an early exit in leaving his side to battle on with 10 men. It didn’t seem to hinder the hosts too much at first as Danny Leonards 42nd minute opener saw the Ites end the half ahead. After the restart Glebe upped the tempo and levelled the game through Jamie Philpot on the hour mark. With neither net troubled again the points were shared seeing Sheppey drop 1 place to 4th and Glebe advance a position into 14th.
Deal Town made it a 2-1 double over AFC Croydon this season to move closer to a top half place in the table. Following a reverse fixture win by the same scoreline in December Deal made sure the long journey was worth it today thanks to a Sam Wilson double. For the struggling Rams a 5th loss in a row keeps them down in 17th place.
Fisher’s excellent run continues as they moved up to 12th following a 2-0 home win against Punjab United. The hosts scored in each half, firstly through Malaki Coker then from Christian Udo as they moved to 7 games unbeaten including 5 victories. For Punjab United it was a 9th game without a win and they remain in 16th.
The points were shared at the Erith Stadium as local rivals Erith Town and Welling Town played out a 1-1 draw. Jason Thanni gave the visitors the lead on 31 minutes with former ‘Boot’ Harry Gamble levelling on the hour mark. The result sees both sides just about stay in the top half with Welling 1 place and 1 point ahead of the Dockers.
The scheduled games between Tunbridge Wells and Erith & Belvedere and Canterbury City and Lordswood were both postponed.