Merstham reach the final of the Surrey County Cup for the third consecutive year after defeating Dorking Wanderers 3-2

Tuesday 21st March 2017
Dara Wilson, Remy Sylvester.

A local derby and occasion too good to miss- this week, the radio show was broadcasted live from Westhumble, with live commentary of Dorking Wanderers vs Merstham in the Surrey County Cup semi-final. Last week, National League side Woking confirmed their place in the final after defeating Guildford City of the CCFL Premier Division, 1-2.

Joining presenter Ben Eltham, James Cummins made a return to the BOTN starting line-up, and Frank Wilson (manager of Tooting & Mitcham) made a guest appearance to co-commentate.

L to R: Ben Eltham, Frank Wilson, James Cummins


Dorking Wanderers, occupants of Westhumble are currently 2nd in the Ryman Division 1 South, and with a game in hand, sit nine points behind league leaders Tooting & Mitcham United. In their recent run of form, Wanderers have only lost two of their last ten league games, and have the second-best home record in the Ryman South. James McShane, Tom Tolfrey and Matt Briggs all position in the top 20 goal scorers of the league, with a total of 47 goals between them.

So far in the Surrey County Cup, Dorking Wanderers have defeated South Park (2-1), Sutton Common Rovers (1-1, 7-8 penalties) and Chertsey Town (0-3).

Visitors Merstham, currently position 18th in the Ryman Premier with 44 points, just a win clear of the drop zone. Their recent league form however, is the 8th best in the league with only 3 defeats in the last 10 games.

The Moatsiders have defeated Godalming Town (0-1), Walton & Hersham (5-1) and Whyteleafe (2-1) to reach the Surrey County Cup semi-final.

Dorking Wanderers | Matthew Willard, Rob Sheridan, Dean Gunner, Chris Boulter, Jerome Beckles, Anthony Oakes, Jake Beecroft, Guiseppe Sole, Sam Beard, Tom Tolfrey, James McShane, Dan Mahoney, Alex Wells, Tom Summerfield, William Hearn

Merstham | Josh Smith, Simon Cooper, Kristian Campbell, Antone Douglas, Marc Okoye, Xavier Vidal, Alex Addai, Tom Kavanagh, Omar Folkes, Dan Bennett, Reece Hall, Michael Abnett, Dan Hector, Tom Howard, Rae Bailey-Allen, Kershaney Samuels


An enticing first five minutes ensued two goals; Merstham taking the lead in the third minute as Tom Kavanagh picked out Dan Bennett through the middle, who showed composure, and slid the ball into the net.

Dorking Wanderers applied pressure to the Moatsiders’ defence in the opening stages of the game, displaying their skilful attack. In the forth minute, an equaliser was scored when Giuseppe Sole remarkably chipped the ball over the keeper following a long pass, at a tight angle.

The Ryman Premier side utilised their pace on the wing; in particular, Reece Hall created several chances on the left hand side. Just after ten minutes, an excellent passing movement in the midfield lead to Hall narrowly lifting the ball over the crossbar.

Dorking missed the opportunity to take the lead in the eleventh minute, playing the ball into the box. A solid Merstham defence  prevented another goal and the ball was cleared off the line.

However, after the first fifteen minutes, Merstham had the edge as they created more chances. An excellent opportunity started from Tom Kavanagh, the Merstham captain, as he made a quick break on the counter-attack. He found Alex Addai on the wing, who dribbled the ball and played a low cross into Hall. The pace of the ball precluded Hall from connecting, and the ball travelled across the face of the goal.

Kavanagh continued to be instrumental in the Merstham midfield, laying the ball to Xavier Vidal in the twentieth minute, whose shot rattled the crossbar. The Moatsiders looked confident, passing effectively and creating space.

In the twenty-fifth minute, Merstham reclaimed the lead as Alex Addai dribbled the ball into the box, despite facing pressure from two Dorking defenders. Nevertheless, his step-overs enabled him to bypass the defence and score.

Ten minutes later, the Moatsiders had an opportunity to extend their lead, as Reece Hall timed his run perfectly on the left hand side to create a one-on-one with the keeper. The latter had to receive treatment after colliding with Hall, making a save. The ball went behind, but a clearance off the line prevented a goal.

Although Merstham were the stronger side in the first half, Dorking still impressed the crowd and created numerous chances. Approaching half time, Jake Beecroft laced the ball through to Tom Tolfrey on the right hand side, who took the ball into the box- but the Merstham defence were able to keep the ball out.

One minute prior to half time, Dan Bennett completed a brace as he received a long ball down the middle. He used his pace, which was a major strength of Hayden Bird’s side, to dance around the keeper and score.

In the second half, Dorking Wanderers posed threat; McShane caused problems for the Merstham defence. However, the side briefly switched off early in the second half, giving Dan Bennett a clear shot on goal. He was unable to complete a hat trick, missing the target.

Jerome Beckles was another one to watch in the second forty five minutes, orchestrating movement in the midfield and exploiting space on the wing. On the hour mark, Dorking scored the goal which they deserved. Tom Tolfrey timed his run perfectly, receiving the ball and dribbling past Josh Smith, finishing with composure.

Dorking searched for an equaliser, but Merstham’s defence fought valiantly. The Moatsiders also continued to create chances throughout the second half, Xavier Vidal’s corner finding Omar Folkes in the seventy-eighth minute. However, his shot kept out.

FT: Dorking Wanderers 2-3 Merstham

In conclusion, the match included an excellent attacking display from both teams. Although, numerous fouls were conceded by both teams, which slightly slowed the momentum. Dorking Wanderers applied pressure to Merstham from the kick off, but the Moatsiders had the upper hand in the first half. The Ryman Premier League side utilised their pace to exploit areas on the wing, Reece Hall and Omar Folkes making excellent runs, and Dan Bennett showed composure when he netted a brace. Dorking Wanderers created more chances in the second half; McShane, Beckles and Tolfrey all working together to attack. A goal on the hour-mark excited the fans, as a possibility of extra time hung in the air, but the score remained 2-3.

Video highlights and Podcast ep 4 will be available later this week.




Ryman South review: 18th March 2017

Back-to-back wins for bottom-placed Godalming Town and extended unbeaten runs for Tooting & Mitcham and Herne Bay


Whyteleafe, Greenwich Borough, Ramsgate and Horsham all take a-point-a-piece after 1-all draws on Saturday. (FT: Whyteleafe 1-1 Greenwich Borough, FT: Ramsgate 1-1 Horsham). These results see the mid of the table remain tight with Whyteleafe, Ramsgate and Horsham all occupying positions between 13th and 16th, separated by just two points at most. As for Greenwich Borough, they remain in 3rd place, four points clear of 4th place Corinthian-Casuals, who dropped points at home to Hastings. (FT: Corinthian-Casuals 0-1 Hastings United). Hughes-Mason’s goal in the seventeenth minute was the only goal of the encounter, and was enough to award The Arrows 3 points. Despite this result being their first win in 5 fixtures, Hastings are only a point short of a play-off position.

Carshalton Athletic, who are one point above in 5th place, had an emphatic victory against relegation-battling Three Bridges, in a game where they fell behind after eleven minutes. (FT: Carshalton Athletic 5-1 Three Bridges). Tony Garrod’s early goal for Three Bridges was a lead that lasted less than 60 seconds; Bobby Price quickly brought the game back level, and then put The Robins ahead on forty-one. Goals for Kingsley Aikhionbare either side of half time, and a final goal from Ricky Korboa in the eightieth minute put the game out of site. After only collecting 1 point out of a possible 12 in their recent four games, a sigh of relief for Athletic as they bounce back. As for Bridges, they are nine points adrift of safety after only collecting 7 points out of a possible 30 in their last ten league fixtures.

Bottom-placed Godalming Town make it back-to-back wins after defeating Chatham Town, and previously Lewes, with one-goal victories. (FT: Godalming Town 1-0 Chatham Town). Dorking Wanderers also bagged a 1-nil win over Sittingbourne, an invaluable victory to keep the title-race alive. (FT: Sittingbourne 0-1 Dorking Wanderers).

League leaders, Tooting & Mitcham United extend their unbeaten run to 15 games, having impressively bagged 43 out of a possible 45 points, and scoring 45 goals on the way. Two quick-fire goals in the forty-fifth minute from Dixon and Clements, turned the game on its head moments before the interval whistle, and the comfortable two-goal cushion ensured 3 points. (FT: Tooting & Mitcham 2-0 Walton Casuals).

Dan Moody, Kieran Lavery and Chris Smith all signed their names on the score-sheet in the second half, in South Park’s encounter with Cray Wanderers at Hayes Lane. (FT: Cray Wanderers 0-3 South Park). With a five-game advantage over most teams in the league, South Park climb closer toward the play-offs after securing 3 points. Helped too, by the 6 teams immediately below them in the table, who all dropped points.

Lewes also edge closer towards a play-off position after scoring four goals at The Dripping Pan. (Lewes 4-0 East Grinstead Town). Goals from Jonte Smith, Matthew George and Wilfried Grimaud further highlight East Grinstead’s defence problem; The Wasps have conceded a total of 21 goals since their last clean sheet, which was just 8 games ago.

Faversham Town also scored four goals on Saturday, and almost replicated Lewes’ score-line, however a consolation goal for Chipstead in the eighty-eighth minute denied Town of a clean-sheet. Chipstead currently have the worst form in the league, having not won since January 2nd, however remain 8-points clear in safety. (FT: Faversham Town 4-1 Chipstead).

Guernsey levelled with Chipstead’s points total after a draw with Hythe Town. (Guernsey 2-2 Hythe Town). The visitors were two-goals ahead after twenty minutes, however Dave Rihoy halved the deficit on forty-five to keep the game alive. Angus Mackay saw red on fifty-seven, after receiving a second yellow card, however the ten-man team managed to secure a point, equalising in the eighty-second minute.

Herne Bay make it 9 games unbeaten after defeating Molesey at Winch’s field. (Herne Bay 2-0 Molesey). Ian Pulman found the back of the net after just 3 minutes, and an early goal in the second half doubled their lead. The result widens the gap between the sides, who are 17th and 19th, to 10 points.


Ryman Division One South review: 25th February 2017

Tooting & Mitcham and Dorking Wanderers remain neck-and-neck, Jubilee Court sees an unexpected 4 goals, and Lewes bounce back

rymanBy Remy Sylvester.

It was top versus bottom in the Ryman Division One South on Saturday, as Godalming Town hosted title-chasing Tooting & Mitcham United. The game reached half time goalless, and looking over their shoulders (and at the half-time score lines!), second place Dorking Wanderers were two goals to the good against Ramsgate, closing the gap at the top to just one point. The Terrors however, turned on the gas with fifteen minutes to go; Peter Wedgewood finding breakthrough on seventy-eight, and Jack Mazzone doubling, then trebling the lead with two quick-fire goals. The result makes it 10 wins in 10 for Tooting, and 8 losses in 10 for Godalming Town. (FT: Godalming Town 0-3 Tooting & Mitcham United).

Dorking Wanderers extended their two-goal half-time lead over Ramsgate to three shortly after the interval. James McShane once more signed his name to the score-sheet, his twentieth of the season to level with Frannie Collin (Hastings United) and Danny Haynes (Cray Wanderers), who are all joint second of the league. Chris Boulter and Ben Dyett also found the back of the net. Dorking are now undefeated in seven.  After an unbeaten run of six, Ramsgate suffer their second defeat in three games to remain 15th in the league. However, the results of the five teams immediately below them in the table, all played in their favour. (FT: Dorking Wanderers 3-0 Ramsgate).

Chipstead, Cray Wanderers, Hastings United and Chatham Town all collected a point, after two-all draws. A Ricky Freeman equaliser on seventy-six for Chatham denied Hastings three points, which if sealed, would have seen them level fourth placed Carshalton Athletic. Instead, they are 5th, with only goal difference separating them for 6th placed Hythe Town. (FT: Chipstead 2-2 Cray Wanderers, FT: Hastings United 2-2 Chatham Town).

After two high-scoring victories (7-3 and 4-3), East Grinstead Town succumbed to a 1-0 defeat to Guernsey, who had previously lost their last four fixtures. An early goal, in the eighth minute, scored by David Rihoy was enough for the Green Lions to take home 3 points, and edge closer into safety. (FT: East Grinstead Town 0-1 Guernsey).

Three Bridges, who have only collected one point from their last seven league encounters, put on an emphatic display at Jubilee Field, netting four passed Whyteleafe. Tony Garrod opened the score line after sixteen minutes, and three goals in the second half ensured the relegation-battling side three points. As for Whyteleafe, their second 4-0 defeat in three fixtures sparks concern. The Leafe have lost five out of six recent fixtures, to position 16th.  (FT: Three Bridges 4-0 Whyteleafe).

After back-to-back defeats against the top two teams of the league, Lewes bounced back with a 4-0 away victory against Molesey. It was the James’ of the team who fired in the goals; with James Jonty and James Hammond both scoring twice. Molesey, having lost 7 of their last 10 fixtures sit 20th in the table, level with Chipstead, and just one point above Guernsey. (FT: Molesey 0-4 Lewes).

It was four-a-piece for Walton Casuals and Herne Bay. The goal-thrilling encounter puts 6 different goal-scorers on the score-sheet, and sees five goals netted in the final thirty minutes. Herne Bay making remarkable U-turn; on sixty-seven it was 4-1 to Walton, however by eighty-eight Mark Lovell and Liam Quinn had the game level. Impressive! (FT: Walton Casuals 4-4 Herne Bay).

Horsham collect their first win, and first clean sheet in seven, with a two-goal victory to Corinthian-Casuals. Two goals in quick succession for Tony Nwachukwu, on sixty and sixty-three, sees Casuals drop out of a play-off spot, and into 8th.  (FT: Horsham 2-0 Corinthian-Casuals).

Ryman South top scorer, Tommy Bradford added another goal to his tally, however his side failed to take home any points. South Park took the lead through captain Kieran Lavery on nineteen, and Rixon-Nicholls doubled it on thirty-four. Gondoh halved the deficit before half time, and Bradford’s goal on sixty-three, brought the visitors, Carshalton Athletic right back into the game. A penalty in the seventy-sixth minute, was converted by Chris Smith to make it 8 wins in 10 for the Sparks. As for Carshalton, back-to-back league defeats, following six consecutive wins sees Greenwich Borough leap into third place. (FT: South Park 3-2 Carshalton Athletic).

Greenwich Borough secured their third successive win, with a 3-2 victory against Faversham Town. Disappointingly, Glenn Wilson saw red on ninety to finish the game on a low. (FT: Greenwich Borough 3-2 Faversham Town).

Another 10-man side to bank all three point this weekend were Hythe Town, who defeated Sittingbourne 2-1. May put the home side ahead after nineteen minutes, and Dean Grant doubled the lead on sixty-one. Ngandu’s eightieth minute goal brought the visitors back into the game, and on eighty-six Dave Cook’s second yellow card, provided the visitors with more hope of taking home a point. However, the clock ran down, and Hythe Town received all three points. (FT: Hythe Town 2-1 Sittingbourne).




BOTN Radio: 21-02-2017: Ryman South league leaders Tooting & Mitcham join us in the studio 

Top: Frank Wilson & Sol Patterson-Bohner. Bottom: Tom Drakeley-Burr & Dom Rolfe
This weeks radio show saw a double-whammy of co-hosts. In the first hour Frank Wilson, manager of Tooting & Mitcham United and Sol Patterson-Bohner, captain of the team join us. As league leaders of the Ryman South Division One, it was only right to bring Dorking Wanderers’ (who are currently 2nd in the league, just 3 points behind Tooting) manager, Marc White into the mix, and he joined us on the line.

In the second hour, Dom Rolfe (vocalist) and Tom Drakeley-Burr (drummer) of Nobodies Birthday joined us to co-host. After staying top of the Three Match Ban(d)s league table for 364 days, retaining their title mirrored the fall of Leicester City…

In celebration of Nobodies Birthday joining us in the studio, Higher or Lower was a special edition. Instead of the usual topic of Transfer Fees, on Tuesday night it was all about Birthday’s. ‘Nobodies Birthday’? Riyad Mahrez and Phil Jones, to name a few both celebrated their birthday on show day.

With the forfeit of equipment duty there to avoid, Listen Again to the show to see if it was Frank or Sol taking on the task.

In the first hour, Katie Shanahan interviews Peter Adeniyi, the player/ manager of Carshalton Athletic and Darren Freeman, the manager of Lewes.

The full post-match press conference with Paul Doswell, following Sutton’s fantastic FA Cup run and performance against Arsenal can be found in hour 2.

Also in hour 2, Dara Wilson interviews James Cameron, manager of Banstead Athletic, who are currently top of the Combined Counties Division One.

Into hour 3, and it kicks off with One-On-One, this week with Redhill FC. The Non-League Football Quiz and debutant feature A-B-C-D-E F.C. provided competition to the studio, with Katie wanting to once more be the ranked as the person in the studio with the ‘Best Non-League Knowledge’.

Hour 3 also sees Ben Eltham interview Lee Bradbury of Havant & Waterlooville, and Junior Kadi of Dulwich Hamlet.

In this week’s Coaches Corner with the Surrey FA, the talking point was the new Level 2 Coaching course.


Ryman South Review: 18th February 2017

rymanBy Remy Sylvester.

The Terrors net 5 at The Dripping Pan, Carshalton make it 6 consecutive wins & a Charlie Harris hat-trick

Carshalton Athletic make it six wins on the bounce, after defeating Cray Wanderers at Colston Avenue. At half time, the visitors were ahead, through a Lea Dawson goal on thirty-seven. However, two quick-fire goals for the Robins in the sixty-first and sixty-third minutes ensure that Carshalton remain 3rd in the division, extending their lead on 4th placed Greenwich Borough to four points. (FT: Carshalton Athletic 2 – 1 Cray Wanderers).

Tooting and Mitcham remain league leaders after impressively netting five past Lewes at The Dripping Pan, extending their unbeaten run to nine. Chace O’Neil was the first to find the back of the net, and a Lloyd Harrison own goal, ensured a comfortable cushion for the visitors going into half time. The second half saw two converted penalties for the Terrors, a red card for Lloyd Cotton, and a ninetieth minute consolation for the Rooks. Talk about action-packed! (FT: Lewes 1 – 5 Tooting & Mitcham United).

Dorking Wanderers keep the pressure on at the top of the table with their third consecutive league win. Following a Christmas period of shaky results, Marc White’s men have rectified their form, scoring 11 goals in their last five games. On Saturday, after just fifteen minutes it was Matt Briggs 2, Chatham 0, and the clubs top-scorer, James McShane made it three on seventy-four. On the other hand, opponents Chatham Town currently have the worst form out of all 24 teams in the Ryman South, and have lost 7 of their last 10 fixtures, and remain in the bottom three. (FT: Chatham Town 0 – 3 Dorking Wanderers).

The Wasps enjoyed another high scoring game in the league, which saw seven goals at East Court.  A Charlie Harris hat-trick, cancelled out the lead Chipstead had on sixty-one, and then an eighty-eighth minute winner scored by Dan Hogan denied them of any points. Another disappointing result for the Chips, and the third time in five games they have conceded four goals. (FT: East Grinstead Town 4 – 3 Chipstead).

Faversham Town’s impressive run of form, has now seen eight wins in the last 10 fixtures. After just four minutes, Daniel Carrington opened the score-line, and with fifteen minutes to go, Luke Harvey and Jordan Casey both signed their names on the score sheet. The result sees Corinthian-Casuals miss the opportunity to leapfrog Greenwich Borough in the table. Faversham Town remain 11th, however are just one win short of 8th placed Hastings United and have a three-game advantage over 10th placed Walton Casuals. (FT: Faversham Town 3 – 0 Corinthian-Casuals).

Greenwich Borough return to winning ways after a three-game drought, after defeating Walton Casuals. It was Walton who took the lead in the game, when Jordan Cheadle scored after eighteen minutes. Charlie McDonald however, scored for Borough on thirty-one, and the game reached half time level. The all-important third goal, came with just one minute to go until the full-time whistle. A devastating time to concede for the Casuals, however a heroic time for Daniel Young. (FT: Greenwich Borough 2 – 1 Walton Casuals).

Whyteleafe and Ramsgate both had 3-1 victories on Saturday, against Horsham and South Park. Dire straits for Horsham, after they suffer their fourth consecutive defeat, conceding thirteen during. Whereas fortunes turn for Whyteleafe, as they secure their first win in five. Two defeats in ten for South Park, also sees a downturn in their league form. However, on the whole the Sparks’ form remains impressive, with 8 wins in the last 10. (FT: South Park 1 – 3 Ramsgate, FT: Whyteleafe 3 – 1 Horsham).

Godalming Town found themselves three goals down by half time at Herne Bay. Goals form Darren Wheeler and Graeme Purdy in the second half narrowed the deficit, however the with only ten-men on the field, following a red card for Chris Musgrove, the mountain was simply too steep to climb. (FT: Herne Bay 3 – 2 Godalming Town).

The only draw amongst Saturday’s Ryman South fixtures was between Hythe Town and Three Bridges, with all goals scored within the first half. On thirteen, Dean Grant netted Hythe ahead, however the lead was cancelled out on thirty-five by Tim Cook. The result keeps Bridges second from bottom, and 9-points clear of safety. Whereas for Hythe, they are 6th with 62 points, one point behind Corinthian-Casuals with one game in hand. (FT: Hythe Town 1 – 1 Three Bridges).

Sittingbourne left it to the late stages of the game to turn the gas on against Molesey; Jono Richardson and David Abe both finding the net in the seventies. Both sides have only won two of their last ten league fixtures, however despite having a recent run of form, are separated by 19 points and 8 league positions. (FT: Sittingbourne 2 – 0 Molesey).

Ryman South Division 1 Review: 11th February 2017

Is there hope for Godalming Town? | Ten goals at Church Road | Ryman South top-scorer, Tommy Bradford does it again… 26!

rymanBy Remy Sylvester.

Both first and second placed teams, Tooting & Mitcham United and Dorking Wanderers chalk up another three points to their totals, with victories against Sittingbourne and Faversham Town. Tooting & Mitcham took the lead after twenty minutes through Mike Dixon, and with twenty minutes to go made it two, after Jordan Wilson converted from the spot. At Westhumble, it was Guiseppe Sole who made breakthrough on sixty-five, to put the points in the bag and keep title hopes alive. Dropped points for Faversham Town however, sees the gap widen to 6 between themselves in 11th place, and Hastings in 10th. (FT: Dorking Wanderers 1-0 Faversham Town, FT: Tooting & Mitcham United 2-0 Sittingbourne)

A Graeme Purdy hat-trick secures Godalming Town three points and a clean sheet, which after a despairing run of consecutively losing, gives them their second win in three. As for Guernsey, they are without a win in three, and hover above the drop zone. Despite the positive result, Town still remain rooted to the bottom of the table, however narrow the gap between themselves and Three Bridges to four points. (FT: Godalming Town 3-0 Guernsey)

Ten goals at Church Road saw the home side stunned. East Grinstead Town, who lead by two goals at half time, beat Walton Casuals after scoring seven. Travis Gregory and Tom Cadmen both scored twice, and Marcus Elliot, Jason Davis and Alex Gaggin all too, put their names on the score sheet. Kervant Serbony found the back of the net for Walton Casuals in the fifty-eighth minute when his side were traipsing by three goals, however sixty seconds later the deficit was once more three, when Cadman made it 4-1. (FT: Walton Casuals 3-7 East Grinstead)

Lewes, South Park and Carshalton Athletic all too won on the road, with victories against Cray Wanderers, Horsham and Ramsgate. For Wanderers, it is their first defeat in five, whereas for Horsham it is their third consecutive loss. The result, which if reversed would have drawn Horsham level on points, ensures that Park position 12th with 47 points, and Horsham are three points behind in 14th place. As for Lewes, they climb into 5th position of the table, and level with 4th placed Hythe Town on 61 points. (FT: Horsham 0-2 South Park, FT: Cray Wanderers 1-3 Lewes).

The Southwood Stadium hosted another on-the-road victory. Two in-form teams, both of which unbeaten in five beforehand, saw Ramsgate finally succumb defeat. Sekou Kaba’s goal in the eighty-first minute bagged Carshalton Athletic all 3 points. Following his hat-trick last weekend, Tommy Bradford once-more signed his name on the score sheet, and for the twenty-sixth time this season! (FT: Ramsgate 1-2 Carshalton Athletic).

Whyteleafe succumb to their fourth defeat in a row, after conceding four goals against Hastings United. Hughes-Mason put the Arrows ahead shortly before half time, and made it two shortly after the interval. Cruttwell and Collin then scored two quick-fire goals with fifteen minutes remaining to put all points out of reach for Leafe. The result sees Hastings break away from 11th placed Faversham Town, to position themselves just one point short of 9th placed Walton Casuals. Whereas, Whyteleafe remain 16th with 41 points, sandwiched between Ramsgate and East Grinstead. (FT: Hastings United 4-0 Whyteleafe).

There was only one draw this weekend in the Ryman South and that was between Corinthian-Casuals and Chatham Town. Josh Uzun and Ricky Freeman both scored twice for their teams, however neither could net a third to complete a hat-trick, and secure three points. The result sees Casuals go level on points with play-off positioning Greenwich Borough, whereas for Town, they remain in the bottom three, 7 points adrift from safety. (FT: Corinthian-Casuals 2-2 Chatham Town).

Chipstead vs Herne Bay, Three Bridges vs Greenwich Borough and Molesey vs Hythe Town were all postponed due to weather conditions.

Ryman South Division One Review: 28th January 2017

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.