Seven goals in the second half for Bognor, Canvey Island make it five in a row, and Matt Blake makes it 26 for the season as Leiston edge closer to the play-offs.
Bognor Regis Town remain top of the league, after an emphatic 7-1 victory at home to Folkestone Invicta. It was the visitors who made the perfect start though, as Ian Draycott found the net after just three minutes to give them the lead. It took the home side until the second half to find an equaliser, when James Fraser, with his sixteenth of the season on forty-seven minutes. A Callum Davies own goal then put Bognor 2-1 up, before five goals in the last thirteen minutes secured a magnificent victory. James Crane (77’ & 79’), Jimmy Wild (86’), Ollie Pearce (88’) and James Frazer (90’) with his seventeenth of the season.
Havant & Waterlooville kept pace with the leaders with a 2-0 away win at struggling Grays Athletic. Rory Williams put the visitors ahead in the ninth minute, before Jason Prior netted the only other goal of the game with a penalty on twenty-eight minutes. The win leaves Havant one point behind leaders Bognor, with a game in hand still. As for Grays, they remain routed to the bottom of the table, eleven points from safety.
Needham Market continued their poor run of form when they were beaten 2-1 away at relegation threatened Hendon. Hendon have now won three of their last four, and took the lead on nine minutes, when Matt Ball found the net. Keagan Cole doubled the hosts lead on thirty-nine minutes, before Luke Ingram, with his fifteenth of the season, scored a consolation for the market men. The defeat leaves Needham Market in third place on sixty-seven points, now ten behind Havant in second place. Hendon are twenty-second, three points from safety.
Tonbridge Angels and Dulwich Hamlet drew 0-0 in their Ryman Premier League match. Both sides are chasing promotion, with Tonbridge in fourth position on sixty-five points, whilst Dulwich are in ninth with fifty-eight points. Dulwich are now five points from the playoff place, with five games in hand on those already occupying them.
Wingate and Finchley lost 3-2 at home to Metropolitan Police. It’s now three defeats in four for the home side, who remain in the last of the playoff positions with sixty-three points. Ben Pattie opened the scoring on fifty-two points, before Charlie Collins equalised from the penalty spot on fifty-four. Reece Beckles-Richards (66’) made it 2-1 to the home side, but they couldn’t hold on, and Olli Robinson (69’) and Roman Michael-Percil (85’) secured all three points for the visitors.
Leiston enhanced their playoff chances with a 2-1 victory away at Harlow Town. Matt Blake put the visitors in-front with his twenty-fifth of the season on forty-two minutes. Alex Read drew the home side level on seventy-one minutes, before Blake, made it twenty-six for the season, with a ninetieth minute winner. Leiston are just one point from the playoff places, with two games in hand on their rivals.
Enfield Town dealt a blow to Leatherheads survival hopes, with a 2-1 home win. Jerome Federico put the visitors ahead on nineteen minutes, before two second half goals from Ricky Gabriel (60’), and Tyler Campbell (78’) secured the points. Enfield remain in seventh place on sixty points, three points from the playoff places. Leatherhead are now two points from safety in twenty-first with forty-one points, and are now relying on those above them to lost their games in hand.
Kingstonian’s miserable form continued as they were beaten 3-0 at home to Billericay Town. It’s now four defeats in a row for the home side, who slip to nineteenth in the table, just three points from the relegation zone. Two goals from Billy Bricknell (pen 35’, 45’) and a last-minute Mekhi McLeod strike were enough to seal the points for the away side
Lowesoft beat Worthing 1-0 in a meeting of the form tables top and bottom placed teams.The visitors had to wait until the eight-seventh minute, when Shaun Bammant found the net, to make it five wins in a row. Lowesoft remain eleventh on fifty-seven points, six from a playoff place. Worthing have now lost seven of their last eight games, and sit in fourteenth place with fifty points.
Burgess Hill Town drew 3-3 at home to Staines Town, with all the goals coming in the first hour of the match. Tom Collins opened the scoring for Staines on twenty-one minutes. Three goals in five minutes for the home side put them in control of the match, with Aaron Smith-Joseph (29’), Pat Harding (30’) and Lee Harding (34’) all getting on the scoresheet. But two early second half goals for Staines levelled the match. Tom Collins with his second of the game on forty-seven minutes, and Mohamed Bettamer on fifty-seven with the final goal of the game. Burgess Hill Town pick up their first point in three, and sit one place and two points above the relegation zone, whilst Staines have now drawn their last three, and find themselves mid table with fifty-one points.
Harrow Borough took all three points when they visited AFC Sudbury in a 3-1 win. Marc Charles-Smith opened the scoring on twenty-nine minutes, before Craig Parker levelled for Sudbury on thirty-nine. Lewis Driver put the visitors back in-front with his strike on the stroke of half time, before Kurtis Cumberbatch made it 3-1 on fifty-six minutes. Harrow Borough climb to thirteenth in the table, whilst Sudbury drop to twenty-third, three points from safety.
In-from Canvey Island made it five wins in a row, in their great escape, a 3-0 away win at Merstham that moves them to sixteenth in the table, six points clear of relegation. Frankie Merrifield (27’ & 64’) and George Sykes (56’) with the goals to sink the Moatsiders. Merstham remain in the relegation battle, they sit in eighteenth place with forty-four points, but do have at least two games in hand on their rivals.