Tooting & Mitcham remain League leaders despite seeing going down to 9, Horsham extend their unbeaten run to seven and, Matt Briggs’ 90th minute winner keeps the pressure on at the top.
By Remy Sylvester.
Chipstead vs Guernsey at High Road was the early kick-off in today’s Ryman South fixtures. It was the Green Lions who came out on top to end their twenty-six game away-win drought, with all the action coming in the second half. On fifty-four Robbie Legg tucked the ball away to give the visitors the lead, however a converted penalty for the Chips levelled the game on seventy-five. Guernsey’s lead was regained sixty seconds later, and an injury time goal secured all three points. (FT: 1-3). Guernsey now extend their safety to 8 points, and close in on 20th placed Molesey.
Following two recent match postponements, two losses and a draw, Molesey faced Whyteleafe who have won four out of their last five fixtures. It was the home side who got the first goal, with Nwoko finding the back of the net after twelve minutes. Holding out for the majority of the game, the Moles were broken down shortly after the hour mark, when Scareborough equalised for Whyteleafe. The winning goal of the game was struck on seventy-eight by French, to seal an invaluable 3 points for Molesey. (FT: 2-1). Molesey are now 20th in the league, just one point short of Chipstead, with a two-game advantage. Despite a loss for Whyteleafe, the tightness amongst the mid of the table puts them just one-win short of 12th placed Horsham.
Horsham hosted East Grinstead Town, and extended their unbeaten to seven games with a one-all draw. (FT: 1-1). Having lost their last two league games, and having conceding twenty goals in the last five fixtures, Elliot’s eighty-second minute equaliser rescued Wasps’ a point, and prevented them from a third successive defeat. Hovering just one point above East Grinstead, yet two league positions are Herne Bay, who play Cray Wanderers tomorrow at Hayes Lane. Bay will be looking for a positive result, following three successive defeats, so too will The Wands, following a draw to Corinthian Casuals and a defeat to Walton Casuals.
Walton Casuals secured another three points earlier today, after defeating Sittingbourne. (FT: 3-2). Sittingbourne’s goal to get them back into the game, came too late, and Brunt’s ninetieth minute strike was more of a consolation than a route to U-turn. Casuals took an early lead with Cheadle scoring after eleven minutes, although their lead was cancelled out ten minutes later through Wilson. Three goals in the last ten minutes of the game, two of which from Hudson, saw Walton lead 3-1 on eighty-eight. Defeat for Sittingbourne, alongside defeat for Whyteleafe means both clubs hold their positions in 14th and 15th, joint with 41 points.
16th placed Ramsgate narrowed the gap to 5 points, after their victory to Chatham Town to make it four games unbeaten. (FT: 2-1). All three goals game in the first half, with Milbank’s winner coming moments before the interval whistle. Chatham Town are yet to win a game eight, and are currently in danger of relegation. 21st placed Guernsey extended the points difference to 8 in the early kick off, which mounted the pressure from the offset.
A trio of goals for Faversham Town from King and Bewick, hold Three Bridges in drop zone (FT: 1-3). Consolation for Bridges came on seventy-nine when Djilali found the back of the net, although with a deficit too high to overcome, Three Bridges remain 23rd in the league, with 18 points, having only bagged three out of a possible eighteen. Despite their recent run of form, Bridges do have two-games in hand over Chatham Town, who are one place above and only two points clear. As for Faversham, their win climbs them to 13th, two points behind Horsham, with a four-game advantage.
Carshalton Athletic scored two early goals in their game against Corinthian Casuals; Morath-Gibbs in the fifth minute, and Hamilton-Downes from the spot after sixteen, to take home three points from the King George’s Field. (FT: 0-2). Back to back wins for Athletic put them fourth in the league, joint with 5th place Hythe Town, who failed to bring home any points from The Pilot Field. Moments before the interval, Stannard gave Hastings United the lead, although eight minutes into the second half, Grant equalised for The Cannons. Stevenson netted the winner on seventy-eight (FT: 2-1), which narrows the gap between 9th place Hastings and 8th placed Corinthian Casuals to only 5 points.
Godalming Town remain routed to the bottom of the league after The Sparks netted three goals in ten minutes. (FT: 1-4). South Park took the lead after thirty-four minutes through Jackson, however Godalming Town fought themselves back into the game and were level on fifty-seven. A trio of goals between sixty-eight and seventy-eight for Lavery, Rixon-Nicholls and Jackson ensured another three points for Park, and The Sparks end January on a high, after winning all of their January league fixtures. The same can’t be said for Godalming Town however, who have lost six in a row, conceding twenty-four.
Matt Briggs’ ninetieth-minute winner secured Dorking Wanderers three points, to keep the pressure on table-toppers Tooting & Mitcham United. (FT: 2-1) Lewes took the lead after twenty-seven minutes when Dixon converted from the penalty spot, however their lead only lasted four minutes, as McShane levelled the game on thirty-one. A win for Wanderers, closed the difference between first and second to only two points, and White’s men have a game in hand.
A narrow win for Tooting & Mitcham United secured them top spot for another week, and a loss for Greenwich Borough sees Carshalton Athletic close in on 3rd spot. (FT: 1-0). It was a bitter pill to swallow for Borough, as their side could not see off a nine-man team, and they conceded the winning, and only goal, with only ten minutes to go. After fifteen minutes Rowe was sent off after a foul on MacDonald, and with fifteen minutes to go they were down to nine due to a severe injury and no more subs. A stretcher was called for Danny Bassett following the hard 50-50 challenge with Jake Britnell, and our wishes are with him for a quick recovery.