Ryman Premier review: 18th March 2017

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.


Points Shared in Six Goal Thriller


By David Marriott

Burgess Hill Town picked up a 3-3 draw against Staines Town on Saturday. Despite going 3-1 down, Staines fought back well to scrape a point.

Manager Ian Chapman handed new signing Ibrahim Diallo his first start for the club, whilst Will Miles was moved into midfield.

After a slow start, captain Will Miles had the first chance of the game; testing keeper Jack Turner with a good volley.

Staines took the lead on 21 minutes. A free-kick on the edge of the box was drilled low into the net by Tom Collins.

Lee Harding had an opportunity, winning possession off of the keeper Turner, but was unable to divert the ball into the net.

The Hillians kept their heads up to recover from this setback. A cross from Leon Redwood was chested down by Lee Harding to Aaron Smith-Joseph to volley under the keeper.

The Hillians took the lead a minute later when a cross from Lee Harding was scuffed by Jack Brivio into the path of Pat Harding, who was on hand to stab home; his 99th goal for the club.

Hill were in their element, scoring their third of the game on 34 minutes. Smith-Joseph was brought down in the box, but the advantage was played and Lee Harding was able to finish into the bottom left corner.

James Shaw made a vital double save from a corner to ensure the Hillians went into half-time with a 3-1 lead.

Staines rushed out of the blocks at half-time when Tom Collins fired in a rocket from the edge of the box which cannoned in off the post.

Staines kept their relentless pressure up and found an equaliser just before the hour mark when Bettamer got on the end of a cross.

Whilst there were chances for both sides to find a winner, it ended up a point apiece. Next up, Ian Chapman’s side are at home on Tuesday night to Harlow Town, kick-off 7.30 pm.


Valiant ten man Hill beaten by The Rocks


By David Marriott

Burgess Hill Town were defeated 1-3 at home by Bognor Regis Town on Tuesday night. Despite Will Miles seeing red just before half-time, it was a valiant performance from Hill to fight their way back into the game.

Ian Chapman recalled Lucas Rodrigues and Joe Keehan to his starting XI. Former Hillian James Fraser and former captain Darren Budd were present for Bognor.

The Hillians started brightly with Lucas Rodrigues weaving his way through the Bognor defence, laying the ball off to Joe Keehan who skied his shot over the bar.

Aaron Smith-Joseph also had a good chance to score against the keeper, but couldn’t keep his shot down.

The game lived up to its billing with James Fraser volleying wide but James Crane was on hand with a diving header, seeing his effort come off the post.

Six minutes before half-time, Bognor were awarded a penalty due to a handball from Miles, which ended his evening through a second bookable offence. Former-Hillian James Fraser stepped up to send keeper James Shaw the wrong way.

Bognor doubled their lead minutes before half-time when Sam Fisk was brought down inside the box, leaving Chad Field a free header.

Ian Chapman’s words at half-time obviously worked as Hill started the second half the better side. Lee Harding was a threat in the box but couldn’t quite get an effort on target. Jack Brivio tested the keeper with a stinging free-kick from the edge of the box to force a corner.

The Hillians finally pulled one back on the hour mark when a James Richmond header from a corner bounced over keeper Daniel Lincoln.

Bognor regained their two-goal cushion when James Fraser found Oliver Pearce in space on the right for the latter to drill his shot underneath Shaw in goal.

Ian Chapman decided to try a roll of the dice, making a double substitution, introducing Guy Bolton and new signing Ibrahim Diallo.

Meanwhile, with less than ten minutes to go, former Burgess Hill Town captain Darren Budd came on to respectful applause from both sets of fans.

In the end, the Hillians couldn’t quite find the recipe to breach the Bognor defence to mount a series challenge back into the game. Next up, Hill are at home on Saturday to Staines Town, kick-off 3 pm.

Ryman Premier review: 11th March 2017

Havant hit six to go top, Dulwich thrash Merstham, Canvey Island make it four in a row, and Leatherhead come from two down to take all three points in the battle at the bottom.ryman

Havant & Waterlooville thrashed struggling AFC Sudbury 6-0 to go top of the league. The home side had to wait until the forty-second minute to open the scoring, Ryan Woodford (42’) sending them in 1-0 up at the break. But the second half was a different story, and a hat-trick from Bradley Tarbuck (50’,71’, pen 76’) and goals from Theo Lewis (59’) and Alfie Rutherford (88’) completing the emphatic score-line. It’s now five wins and a draw in the last six for the new league leaders, whilst AFC Sudbury continue to head towards Division One, as they have now lost five of their last six.

Bognor slipped to second as they were held to a 1-1 draw away at promotion chasing Leiston. Both goals came late in the game, with Tom Bullard giving the home side the lead in the eighty-forth minute, before Jimmy Wild equalised for the visitors on ninety. The draw means Bognor slip to second, and into the playoff positions, whilst Leiston remain in sixth place, four points from a playoff place, with four games in hand on those above them.

Needham Market highlighted their inconsistent recent form with a 3-1 defeat at home to Enfield Town. An own goal by Keiran Morphew gifted the visitors the lead inside the first minute, before Harold Joseph doubled the advantage on twelve minutes. Samir Bihmoutine made it 3-0 before half time, as he found the net on twenty-nine. A second half consolation from Ian Miller (63’), wasn’t enough to stop Enfield taking all three points. The Marketmen remain in third place on sixty-seven points, whilst Enfield are eighth on fifty-seven points.

Tonbridge Angels shared the points with Staines Town as the game finished 1-1. The home side (Staines) took the lead on thirty minutes through Jonathan Hippolyte, but Tonbridge equalised through Nick Wheeler on fifty-three. Staines remain unbeaten in their last five, conceding their first goal in four games. Tonbridge stop a run of two defeats and remain in fourth place with sixty-four points.

Fifth placed Wingate and Finchley were beaten 1-0 away at Folkestone Invicta. Joe Taylor scored the only goal of the game on twelve minutes, to see Folkestone grab their first win in four games. The defeat is only Wingate’s second in their last eight, with five wins during that time. Folkestone move up to fifteenth on forty-five points, whilst Wingate & Finchley remain fifth with sixty-three points.

Dulwich Hamlet recovered from the disappointment of losing to Macclesfield in the FA Trophy last Tuesday, with a convincing 5-0 demolition of Merstham. They were ahead after ten minutes, when Nathan Green found the net. Gavin Tomlin grabbed a brace with goals in the twenty-forth and thirty-fifth minutes. Dipo Akinyemi (57’) and Panutche Camara (83’) completed the scoring in the second half. Dulwich remain seventh with fifty-seven points, six points from the playoff places, but with five games in hand on those who occupy them. Merstham are just one point above the relegation places , but do have games in hand on those around them.

Billericay Town beat Burgess Hill Town 4-0 at home. Goals from Rob Swaine (54’ & 62’) and Billy Bricknell (60’ & 68’) enough to take all three points. Billericay still have an outside chance of the playoffs, as they remain in ninth place on fifty-seven points. Burgess Hill Town are now just two points from the relegation places, and have now lost five of their last six games.

Harlow Town beat Metropolitan Police 2-0 at Imber Court Sports club. Mario Noto (71’), and Alex Read (76’) giving the away side the points. The loss was only Metropolitan Police’s second in their last eight games, and sees them remain in fourteenth place on forty-five points. Harlow Town are one of four sides on fifty-seven points, and remain in tenth place.

Lowesoft Town continued their fine form by beating Kingstonian 1-0 at Crown Meadow. Jake Reed scored the only goal of the game on nine minutes to secure all three points. Lowesoft have now won their last four games, whilst Kingstonian are without a win in their last seven, with five defeats and two draws.

Worthing stopped a run of six straight defeats as they drew 2-2 away at Harrow Borough. Francis Babalola gave the home side the lead on four minutes, before Charlie Williamson equalised for Worthing on twenty-nine. Marc Charles-Smith put Harrow Borough in-front again, as he scored on forty-two minutes, and sent the home side in 2-1 up at half time. But Worthing stopped their poor run of form thanks to Dan Summers, who drew the visitors level for the second time with a goal on fifty-nine.

Canvey Island continued their great form, and made it four wins in a row with a 3-1 win over bottom of the table Grays Athletic.  Nathan Campbell had given the visitors the lead, when he found the net in the twenty-ninth minute. But the lead only lasted for two minutes, with George Allen drawing the form side level. Two minutes later George Sykes put Canvey Island in-front, when he scored in the thirty-third minute. Frankie Merrifield made sure of the points when he scored in the ninetieth minute. The home side are now eighteenth with forty-four points, four clear of relegation, whilst Grays remain rooted to the bottom on thirty-two points, and are now nine points from safety.

Leatherhead kept their survival hopes alive with a 3-2 win at home to fellow strugglers Hendon. It was the visitors who struck first, when a Paul Semakula own goal gave them the lead on ten minutes. Hendon then doubled their lead just before the break, when Matt Ball found the net on forty-two. The second half saw an Leatherhead complete an incredible come-back to take all three points. D’Sean Theobalds (51’), and a brace from Daniel Carr (66’ & pen 70’) with the all-important goals.  The result means both teams are level on thirty-eight points, with Leatherhead one place above their rivals in twenty-second, with a game in hand.



Hill Run Rampant As Joe Keehan Returns


By David Marriott

Burgess Hill Town made a good return to form with a stunning 5-1 win over Harrow Borough on Tuesday night. Aaron Smith-Joseph grabbed a hat-trick whilst Lucas Rodrigues and an own goal also featured on the scoresheet.

Fan favourite Joe Keehan returned to the Hillians and went straight into the starting line-up. Meanwhile, dual-signed Whitehawk striker Lucas Rodrigues made his first start for the club.

Despite the Hillians having the majority of the possession early on in the game, a miskick from Cameron Greaves allowed Sahr Kabba to finish into an empty net.

The Hillians stayed strong and began to create some chances after 15 minutes. A deft flick from Rodrigues set up Lee Harding, who created an acute angle and fired his shot over.

Pierre Hazet had his own chance to score with the ball falling to his feet inside the box from a corner, only to hit his shot high of the goal.

The Hillians had their own stroke of luck when a James Richmond header from a corner deflected off Josh Webb into his own net.

Lucas Rodrigues was a threat all evening, using his pace to get on the end of a long ball to beat the keeper and tap the ball home passed Williams.

Buoyed by their half-time lead, the Hillians raced out of the blocks in the second-half. A cross from Lee Harding was controlled by Pat Harding to Aaron Smith-Joseph who curled the ball beautifully into the bottom right.

Hill began to run rampant with Lucas Rodrigues unselfishly setting up Smith-Joseph to slide the ball underneath the keeper for his second of the evening.

Rodrigues proved to be a great weapon on the counter-attack, taking on the whole Harrow defence to win a free-kick on the edge of the box. The resulting Lee Harding free-kick was judged to have not crossed the line by referee Simon Finnigan.

Keeper Luke Williams did well to keep the score down, producing a good double save to deny Rodrigues a second and Smith-Joseph a hat-trick.

The evening couldn’t get any better for the Hillians as a Lee Harding through ball saw Rodrigues brought down inside the box by the onrushing Williams. Smith-Joseph stepped up to complete his hat-trick, despite the keeper getting a hand on it.

Hill were playing some of their best football all season as Smith-Joseph cut inside to tee up Rodrigues who’s lob curled just over the bar.

Sam Fisk whipped in a great cross for Tyrell Richardson-Brown but the latter was denied a goal thanks to a superb diving save from Luke Williams.

All in all, it was a welcome three points for Hill who are now away to Billericay on Saturday.

Ryman Premier review: 4th March 2017

The top two win again, A three goal come-back sees the Martketmen stay in third, and Metropolitan Police make it three wins in a row.


By Ben Eltham.

Bognor Regis Town made it six games unbeaten as they beat relegation battlers Leatherhead 1-0 at Nyewood Lane. Charlie Moore scored the only goal of the game for the home side on forty-two minutes, as the league leaders were made to work for their victory. Bognor are one point clear at the top of the table, but they know that Havant & Waterlooville have a game in hand. Leatherhead had seen a turn in fortunes in recent games, picking up a win and a draw in their last two, but they remain in the relegation places after this defeat.

Havant and Waterlooville kept the pressure on Bognor, with an impressive 4-1 away win at Enfield Town. Alfie Rutherfold gave the visitors the lead on thirty-two minutes, before Enfield equalised through Billy Crook on thirty-two. The second half belonged to in-form Havant, as they scored three goals without reply to secure all three points. Jason Prior (49’), Wes Fogden (52’), and Bradley Tarbuck (80’) with the goals. It’s now four wins in five for Leatherhead, as they look to chase down the automatic promotion spot. As for Enfield, they are now without a win in their last three, and are now six points from the playoff places in seventh position.

Needham Market kept their promotion hopes alive with a dramatic 4-3 victory away at Tonbridge Angels. Needham Market had struggled of late, with three defeats and a draw in their last five games, and they were behind again as Ugo Udogi put the home side ahead on eighteen minutes. Nathan Elder doubled Angels advantage on thirty-seven minutes, with the game 2-0 at half-time. John Sands pulled one back for the marketmen on forty-nine minutes, but Tonbridge increased their lead again when Mitchell Nelson scored on fifty-two. Three goals in the last half hour saw the visitors take the points, with Luke Ingram (63’), Reece Dobson (77’) and Sam Nunn (85’) with the all-important strikes. The marketmen are still six points from the automatic promotion spot, but must believe a playoff place will only be a matter of time, as they sit third on sixty-six points. Tonbridge have faltered of late, and are now without a win in three, that after a run of four straight wins. They sit fourth on sixty-three points.

A surprise defeat for playoff hopefuls Wingate and Finchley saw them lose 2-1 to relegation threatened Canvey Island. George Sykes with his thirteenth and fourteenth of the season in the ninth and forty-second minute enough to secure all three points for the visitors. Ben Pattie had given the home side hope with his strike on sixty-two, but it was not enough, and their run of three straight victories comes to an end. Back to back wins for Canvey Island will give them hope that they can survive the battle at the bottom. They are now just one point from safety in twenty-first position.

Leiston failed to take advantage of both of the teams directly above them dropping points, and suffered their second defeat in five days when they were beaten 2-1 away at Hendon. Matt Blake made it twenty-four for the season when he put Leiston in-front on twenty-two minutes, but goals from Keagan Cole (41’), and Reis Stanislaus (48’) enough to secure a vital three points for the home side. Hendon are now just four points from safety, in twenty-third position on thirty-five points. Leiston are in sixth position, five points from a playoff place, but they will be hoping that their four games in hand, will be enough to propel them into the top six come April.

Dulwich Hamlet continued their fine form with a 1-0 away at Worthing. Dipo Akinyemi with the only goal of the game on forty-six. A crowd of 763 watched as Worthing lost their fifth game in succession. As for Dulwich, they are now unbeaten in four in the league, and just six points of the playoffs, with four games in hand on their rivals. Worthing will be looking for a change in fortunes as they take on Canvey Island this evening, whilst Dulwich travel to Macclesfield in their F.A. Trophy replay.

Billericay Town beat Harlow Town 2-0 thanks to goals either side of half-time from Adam Cunningham (42’), and Billy Bricknell (54’). The away side now have six wins in their last eight games, and sit ninth with fifty-four points, six away from the playoff places. Harlow Town are just one point below in tenth place.

Lowesoft Town made it three wins in a row as they beat struggling Burgess Hill Town. Shaun Bammant put the visitors ahead after just seven minutes, before Tyrell Richardson-Brown equalised for Burgess Hill on sixteen. Jake Reed put the visitors back in-front after thirty-five minutes, and Harvey Hodd sealed the victory, with the only goal in the second coming in the eighty-sixth minute. Lowesoft remain eleventh on fifty-one points, whilst Burgess Hill, with their fourth defeat on the trot, drop to twentieth, just one point above the relegation zone.

A goalless draw at the Moatside between Merstham and Staines Town, means it’s now four clean sheets in a row for the visitors. Merstham have been in good form of late too, with just one defeat in six for them. Staines sit comfortably in twelfth position on forty-nine points, whilst Merstham will be hoping that their games in hand will increase the distance between themselves and the relegation places.

Metropolitan Police made it five wins in their last six games with a 2-0 victory over Grays Athletic. Steve Sutherland opened the scoring on twenty-one minutes, before Roman Michael-Percil sealed the victory on forty-nine minutes. The home side suffered their first defeat in three, and remain in trouble in the relegation zone. They sit bottom of the table on thirty-two points, seven from safety, having played at least one more than all of their rivals.

Ryan Moss scored his seventeenth and eighteenth goals of the season, but couldn’t prevent Kingstonian from losing at home to Harrow Borough. The afternoon was looking good for the home side, as they raced into a 2-0 lead thanks to Moss’s early brace in the tenth and thirteenth minute. But Kurtis Cumberbatch scored from the penalty spot on the stroke of half time to give the visitors hope, and Francis Babalola had them level on sixty-two minutes. A dramatic winner followed, as Lewis Driver had the ball in the net on eighty-seven to give the visitors all three points. That was Borough’s first win in three, whilst Kingstonian are now without a win in their last six.

AFC Sudbury secured their first win in four as they beat Folkestone Invicta 3-1 at home. It was an important victory for the home side, who had been in decline in recent weeks, and heading towards the relegation places. Things didn’t start well though, as Sam Hasler gave the visitors the lead on twenty-five minutes. Danny Crow levelled for Sudbury on forty-one, and Crow with his second (61’), and Sam Bantick (pen 68’) turning the game in favour of the home side.



Hill Beaten By Clinical Lowestoft


By David Marriott

Burgess Hill Town fell to a home 1-3 defeat to Lowestoft Town on Saturday. Despite the Hillians having more possession, it was the away side who were more clinical with their chances to take home the three points.

New signing Cameron Greaves started in goal, with forward Lucas Rodriguez coming on in the second-half for his debut.

Lowestoft started the game the brighter side, with Shaun Bammant left unmarked to head wide inside three minutes. It was Bammant who was on hand to put the visitors 0-1 up when a cross was floated into the box for him to head home.

The Hillians came back at the Trawler Boys when Richardson-Brown’s cross was scooped over by Aaron Smith-Joseph from five yards out.

It was Richardson-Brown who would level the scores. A long ball over the top from James Richmond allowed the forward to beat keeper Jessup for pace to lob the ball into the net.

Lowestoft took the lead once again on 35 minutes when Bammant crossed the ball to Jake Reed to score with a diving header passed Cameron Greaves.

The Hillians raced out of the blocks at half-time. Despite having most the possession in the second-half, the home side could not find an equaliser. Tyrell Richardson-Brown had several good chances, attempting both an overhead and scorpion kick to no avail.

Against the run of play, a low cross was converted home by Reed to seal the points for the travelling side.

Next up, Ian Chapman’s side are at home on Tuesday night to Harrow Borough, kick-off 7.30 pm.

Ryman Premier Review: 25th February 2017

Staines hit four again, Billericay make it five wins in six, and Grays look for the great escape.

rymanBy Ben Eltham.

League leaders Bognor Regis Town were held to a 2-2 draw away to promotion rivals Needham Market. The visitors took the lead in the twenty-second minute when Gary Charman found the net. The home side had lost their last two, but equalised on thirty-five through Luke Ingram, with his twelfth of the season. They were only level for three minutes, as Sami El-Abd put Bognor back in-front. Kem Izzet completed the flurry of goals in the first half, as he drew the Marketmen level for the second time on forty-four minutes. It was a quiet second half in comparison, and the game finished 2-2.

Havant and Waterlooville closed the gap at the top, with a 3-0 over Merstham. The win moves them two points behind leaders Bognor, with two games in hand. Goals from Theo Lewis (56’), Jason Prior (pen 68’ and 81’) secured the points, in-front of a strong crowd of 721. The home side have now won their last three games, and have their sights firmly set on top spot come the end of the season. The visitors had also won their last three coming into the game, but having already beaten their opponents in the reverse fixture earlier in the season, couldn’t make it four. Merstham are only one point above the relegation zone, but will be hoping their five games in hand on those below them, will see them safe.

A vital win for strugglers Leatherhead during the week against relegation rivals AFC Sudbury, was followed up by an equally impressive 0-0 draw with playoff placed Tonbridge Angels. A crowd of 400 watched as the home side matched Tonbridge, and frustrated the visitors, who will see the game as two points dropped. Leatherhead dug deep, in a game that saw them pick up five yellow cards. Leatherhead face another tough test when they travel to league leaders Bognor on Saturday, as Tonbridge also have a difficult match in their next fixture, as they entertain Havant and Waterlooville on Tuesday night.

Wingate and Finchley took all three points with a 2-1 win away at Leiston. The victory means they leapfrog their opponents and move into the playoff places, although Leiston do have four games in hand on those around them. All the goals came late on, as Ben Pattie gave the visitors the lead on seventy minutes, and Tommy Tejan-sie doubled the advantage on eighty-four. A late Joe Francis effort (90’) wasn’t enough for the home side, and they will now be looking to move back into the playoffs, when they entertian on Merstham on Tuesday night. Wingate and Finchley also play on Tuesday, as they face a home match against strugglers Harrow Borough.

Harlow Town secured their first win in four, when they beat Folkestone Invicta 4-1 at The Fullicks Stadium. Goals from Mario Noto (11’), Junior Dadson (17’ & 58’) and Craig Pope (44’) made it four without reply for the visitors, before Joe Taylor added a late consolation in the seventy-second minute. The win moves Harlow into seventh position in the table, whilst Folkestone sit sixteenth on forty points.

Enfield Town dropped a place to eighth, as they were beaten 2-1 away at Lowestoft Town. The visitors had taken the lead when their top scorer Billy Crook made it thirteen for the season on thirty-two minutes, when he converted from the spot. But two second half goals from Nico Cotton (62’) and (87’) were enough to secure the points for Lowesoft.

Billericay Town were 3-0 up in twenty-eight minutes against Hendon, eventually winning the game comfortably 4-1. Rob Swaine with the first on twelve, and then a double for Billy Bricknell as he made it two in seven minutes with goals in the twenty-first and twenty eighth minutes. Adam Cunningham put the game beyond doubt when he found the net on sixty-six, and Marcal Barrington scored a consolation for Hendon with his goal in the sixty-eight minute. Billericay have been in fine form, and have now won five of their last six games in the league. That win moves them up to tenth, and they are now seven points from the playoff places.

Staines Town made it four wins in a row when they beat Worthing 4-0 in-front of their home crowd. It was their second 4-0 win in a row, and it’s also three clean sheets in a row for Drax Hippolyte’s side. Max Worsfold opened the scoring in the fourth minute, before Afolabi Coker doubled the advantage on nine minutes. Second half goals from Mohamed Bettamer (68’), and Tom Collins (74’) securing the points. Worryingly for Worthing, it’s now four defeats in a row, and their second 4-0 defeat in a row. That despite having the leagues second top scorer Lloyd Dawes (18) in their ranks. The win puts Staines just one point behind Worthing in twelfth place on forty-eight points.

Metropolitan Police’s fine run of form continued, as they beat AFC Sudbury 1-0. The home side had Rob Bartley to thank for the three points, as he scored the all-important goal on fifty-one minutes. It’s now four wins in their last six for the home side, who move into fifteenth place on forty-four points. The visitors lost to Leatherhead on Wednesday, and are bottom of the form table, having lost their last three games. It’s now seven defeats in ten for Sudbury, and they are now just two points above the relegation zone. They entertain Folkestone Invicta in their next match on Saturday.

Bottom side Gray’s Athletic made it two wins in a row as they beat Harrow Borough 3-1 away from home. Matthew Baxter gave them an early lead on five minutes, before Kurtis Cumberbatch equalised from the spot in the twenty-first. Kieran Bishop was the match winner, with two second half goals on sixty-two and seventy, enough to secure the points. Gray’s are now just four points from safety, as they take on Metropolitan Police in their next game, before a crucial showdown with fellow strugglers Canvey Island.

Canvey Island completed a good weekend for those at the bottom when they beat Burgess Hill Town 2-1 at The Prospects Stadium. Tyrell Richardson Brown had opened the scoring for the visitors, when he found the net in the thirty-third minute. The home side weren’t behind for long, as Simon Thomas (39’), and then Manny Oyeleke (56’) found the net. This was Canvey Island’s first win in three, and it’s now three defeats in a row for Burgess Hill Town.













Manic Final Twenty Minutes Ends in Agonising Defeat for Hill


By David Marriott

Burgess Hill Town fell to an agonising 2-3 home defeat to Wingate & Finchley on Tuesday night. Despite going 2-0 up, Wingate fought back in the final twenty minutes to turn the game around.

Ian Chapman made just two changes from Saturday’s disappointing defeat to Metropolitan Police. Captain Dan Pearse returned to midfield and Pat Harding replaced Billy Medlock up front.

It was a slow start to the game with the ball being bogged down in a midfield battle. The first chance of the game fell to James Richmond. who’s header was palmed away by keeper Shane Gore.

Wingate & Finchley came back fighting at the Hillians. Josh James pulled off two good saves to palm away a Steve Wales free-kick and a powerful volley from Reece Beckles-Richards.

The Hillians began to gain some momentum as the first-half progressed. Pat Harding put in a good floating cross as Richardson-Brown managed to head over from two yards out. Dan Pearse teed up a ferocious volley on the half-hour mark but saw it bounce just wide of the far post.

Hill finally took the lead when Lee Harding’s cross was met with a diving header from Pat Harding, scoring his 98th goal for the club.

Hill raced out of the blocks in the second-half when Lee Harding’s long ball was knocked down by at Harding to the feet of Jack Brivio, who wrong-footed the keeper to slot home.

It was the Hillians pace on the counter that proved to be most effective. Richardson-Brown was a menace all evening, testing keeper Shane Gore with multiple efforts from range.

Wingate got one back with twenty minutes to go when a free-kick from Spencer McCall split the Hillians defence and was turned into the net by Ahmet Rifat with a diving header.

It was a nervy end to the game for the Hillians. Wingate nearly found an equaliser when Claudio Vilcu’s thunderous effort from the edge of the box cannoned off the post- a shot which had James beaten.

Wingate finally found the goal they had been searching for when a long ball from goalkeeper Shane Gore was met by Walter Figueira to stroke the ball passed James. Wingate completed turned the game on its head when James Pattie’s shot was cleared away for a corner. The resulting corner was whipped in and headed home by Sean Cronin to seal the points for the visitors.

Manager Ian Chapman will be hoping to forget this result when his side is away to Canvey Island on Saturday, kick-off 3 pm.

Ryman Premier review: 18th February 2017

The Hawks move into second, Dulwich keep play-off hopes alive, and Angels top the form table

rymanBy Ben Eltham.

Bognor Regis Town scored two second half goals to secure their first win in three, with a 2-0 win away at Wingate and Finchley. Chad Field put the league leaders in-front with a goal in the fifty-ninth minute, before James Crane added a second on eighty-nine. It was an important win for the visitors, who sit top of the Ryman Premier League table, four points ahead of second place Havant & Waterlooville, but having played two more than their closest rivals. Wingate and Finchley remain in eighth position, four points from the playoffs, but have not lost three of their last four.

Havant and Waterlooville moved into second place with to a 3-2 win over twenty-first placed Hendon. It was the visitors who opened the scoring though, with Ball finding the net on fifteen minutes. Their lead didn’t last long however, as first Tarbuck (17’) and then Williams (20’) made it 2-1 to the home side. On Rutherford added a third for Havant on twenty-seven minutes, and the promotion chasers looked to be in control of the game. Hendon had other ideas though, and Cole added their second on the stroke of half time. A crowd of 702 witnessing a five goal thriller in the first forty-five minutes, then had to watched a relatively uneventful second half as both sides failed to add to the score sheet.

Needham Market dropped to third as they were beaten 2-0 by an in-form Dulwich Hamlet side. Dipo Akinyemi opened the scoring for the home side on fourteen minutes, and late in the second half, they secured the points as Jacob Erskine found the back of the net in the eighty-ninth minute. A huge crowd of 1,960 watched as Dulwich secured their fourth win in eight, and are now just four points from the play-off places. Needham Market have now lost three of their last four games, and are now four points from the automatic promotion places, having played a game more than Bognor, and three more than Havant & Waterlooville.

Tonbridge Angels comfortably beat Kingstonian by three goals to nil at the Kingsmeadow Stadium. Luke Allen (46’), Jack Partner (60’) and Nathan Elder (92’) with the goals. Tonbridge are the form side in the division, having one their last four games. They are just one point below Needham Market in third, with a game in hand. Tonbridge are away to strugglers Leatherhead in their next game on Saturday, whilst Kingstonian will have to wait until early March for their next game, when they take on Harrow Borough.

Promotion chasing Leiston were beaten 3-1 away at Harrow Borough. Steve Brown opened the scoring after fourteen minutes, to send the home side in 1-0 up at the break. Joe Francis drew the visitors level when he found the net on sixty-six, but two late goals from Sahr Kabba (84’) and Harry Newman (89’) secured all three points for Borough. Despite having games in hand on all of their rivals, Leiston’s form does not make for good reading. They have now without a win in the last four, losing three, and drawing one.

Enfield Town managed their first win in three, as they beat Worthing 3-1 away from home. With four defeats in five coming into the game, Enfield would have been pleased to play a side who had struggled with consistency of late. Scott Shulton (31’), Billy Crook (47’) and Karl Oliyide (58’) put the game out of site for the visitors, before in-form Lloyed Dawes grabbed a consolation for Worthing, with his eighteenth of the season. Enfield travel to Lowesoft on Saturday, whilst Harrow Borough will be looking to bounce back when they Travel to Worthing on Tuesday night.

Merstham made it three wins in a row as they beat Harlow Town 1-0 at the Moastside. Alex Addai’s sixty-second minute goal was enough to secure all three points for the Surrey side. Merstham have found their form at just the right time, and although they are currently in twentieth postion, they have four or more games in hand on most teams in the bottom half of the table. Harlow have now lost their last two matches, having one four in a row before that. Merstham travel to Havant & Waterlooville next Saturday, whilst Harlow entertain Folkestone Invicta on Tuesday.

Bottom of the table Grays Athletic scored a last minute winner to beat Billericay Town 1-0 at The Mill Field. Kwabena Osei’s ninetieth minute goal enough to secure all three points. The victory stops a run of three straight defeats, and means they are now seven points from safety. Billericay Town came into the game having won their last four matches, and will be disappointed to have lost to the leagues bottom side.

Staines Town made it two wins in a row, as they put four past struggling Sudbury. Max Worsfield (40’), Jonathan Hippolyte (41’), Mohamed Bettamer (44’), and Nebay Haile (pen 90’) with the goals that secured the points for the home side. AFC Sudbury are five points from the relegation zone, but have lost four of their last six matches. They face Leatherhead on Wednesday night in a big game at the bottom of the table. Staines are in twelfth place, and will be looking to continue their form as they entertain Worthing on Saturday.

Lowestoft piled more misery on struggling Leatherhead as Shaun Bammant scored the only goal of the game for the home side on fifty-six minutes. Leatherhead are now without a win in their last eight games, having lost four of their last six. They sit in twenty-third in the table, and five points from safety. They play AFC Sudbury, who are just seven points in-front of them on Wednesday night, in what is one of the biggest games of the season. Lowesoft ended a run of three defeats and a draw, and find themselves thirteenth on forty-five points.

Folkestone Invicta secured their first win in five as they beat Canvey Island 3-1. They away side opened the scoring on twenty-six minutes through Ian Draycott, and doubled their lead when Miles Cornwell got his first of the game on thirty-three. Liam Friend’s own goal on seventy-six gave the visitors hope, but the points were secured when Cornwell got his brace in the ninetieth minute.

Metropolitan Police made it three wins in four as they went three goals up in just eighteen minutes away to Burgess Hill Town. Lloyd Macklin (5’), Roman Michael-Percil (12’) and Orlando Smith (18’) giving the visitors the perfect start. Billy Medlock pulled one back for Town, as he converted from the spot in the forty-eighth minute. Olli Robinson made sure that was just a consolation, when he found the net on sixty-eight minutes. It’s now three wins in four for Met Police, whilst Town see an unbeaten run of three wins and a draw come to an end.