Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)
Hello & welcome to a round-up of the action in the Bostik League Premier Division here on my blog. Here’s a round-up of the action that transpired on Saturday 9th September. Enjoy.
Billericay Town 1 – 0 Leatherhead
Venue: New Lodge Attendance: 1, 651
Billericay held on in the battle of the table-toppers in front of a big crowd at New Lodge. Jake Robinson put ‘Ricay ahead on 19 minutes though their job was made harder by the dismissal of captain Paul Konchesky just before half-time. The Tanners couldn’t find their way past the Blues backline though and the hosts’ picked up their fifth straight win.
Brightlingsea Regent 2 – 1 Enfield Town
Venue: North Road Attendance: 263
Regent edged Enfield to rack up their third win of the campaign. Josh Gould put the hosts ahead on 12 minutes, though Simon Thomas levelled things up 12 minutes into the second half. James Webster’s side would not be denied though as Billy Hunt grabbed the winner seven minutes from time.
Dorking Wanderers 0 – 1 Dulwich Hamlet
Venue: London Road Attendance: 331
Dulwich narrowly won this one at London Road. Ricky Hayles scored the only goal two minutes in, though the visitors did have to battle to secure the win. Gavin Rose’s side have now won three of their opening six matches.
Folkestone Invicta 2 – 0 Staines Town
Venue: The Fullicks Stadium Attendance: 401
Invicta took all three points at the Fullicks. Joe Taylor put the hosts’ ahead on 21 minutes and secured the win in stoppage-time through Kieron McCann. Invicta are in 8th spot following their third win of the season.
Harlow Town 2 – 1 Tonbridge Angels
Venue: The Harlow Arena Attendance: 234
Harlow picked up the win at the Harlow Arena. Nigel Neite put the hosts in the driving seat after just two minutes. Alexander Akrofi levelled the match for Tonbridge just before half-time. The ever-reliable Alex Read got the winner for Danny Chapman’s side with 20 minutes remaining.
Harrow Borough 2 – 2 Merstham
Venue: Earlsmead Attendance: 140
Harrow came from behind though had to settle for a point at Earlsmead. Merstham led on 25 minutes through Ryan Hall’s strike. Nine minutes later, Reis Stanislaus levelled for Borough, though Hall struck again on the hour as the Moatsiders re-took the lead. Adam Richards secured a point for the hosts with a 86th-minute leveller. Harrow have only lost one of their opening six matches.
Kingstonian 3 – 2 Lowestoft Town
Venue: Feltcham Grove Attendance: 218
Kingstonian recovered to pick up the win against ten-man Lowestoft. The visitors were down to ten after only 14 minutes as Dean Leacock was dismissed. Ollie Humphrey put Lowie ahead though ten minutes before the interval. The K’s were level only a minute later thanks to Kane Haysman’s strike. The Trawlerboys once again took the lead from the spot, courtesy of Jake Reed’s penalty three minutes after the interval. Lewis Taylor restored parity with 14 minutes to go before substitute Ricky Sappleton got the winner two minutes later to give Craig Edwards’ side their third win of the campaign.
Leiston 3 – 1 Thurrock
Venue: Victory Road Attendance: 253
Leiston were too strong for Thurrock at Victory Road. Matt Blake gave the Blues the lead on 28 minutes, before Jack Ainsley’s penalty eight minutes before half-time doubled the lead. Reece Morgan pulled one back for the Fleet a minute before the interval. Blake popped up again six minutes into the second half to make sure of the hosts’ fourth win of the campaign & they are the only side that remain unbeaten in the division.
Metropolitan Police 1 – 2 Hendon
Venue: Imber Court Attendance: 110
Hendon won this one at the death at Imber Court. Zak Joseph gave Hendon the lead on eight minutes, before Jay Gasson levelled with 24 minutes remaining. Substitute Keagan Cole scored the winner in stoppage-time after his initial penalty was saved. Hendon go into the top four with this, their fourth win of the season.
Tooting & Mitcham Utd 1 – 1 Needham Market
Venue: Imperial Fields Attendance: 230
Tooting recovered to hold mid-table Needham at Imperial Fields. Sam Nunn put the visitors ahead after just two minutes though Eddie Dines struck to restore parity just before half-time. Tooting are one of only two sides yet to win in the Isthmian Premier so far this term.
Wingate & Finchley 2 – 0 Burgess Hill Town
Venue: Summers Lane Attendance: 74
A second-half brace sealed the points for Wingate at Summers Lane. Rob Laney’s double (63’ & 90’) fired Keith Rowland’s side to their fourth win of the campaign.
Worthing 0 – 5 Margate
Venue: Nyewood Lane Attendance: 256
Bottom side Worthing’s troubles intensified after this drubbing by Margate at Bognor Regis Town’s Nyewood Lane. Margate took the lead after six minutes through Orlando Smith’s goal and Jordan Chiedozie doubled the lead ten minutes before half-time. Both sides were a man light just before half-time as Worthing’s Daniel Akinwunwi and Chiedozie both saw red for violent conduct. Margate poured on the misery after the break though as Frankie Collin netted a 13-minute hat-trick (61’,67’ & 74’) to seal Margate’s third win of the season. Worthing boss Gary Elphick resigned from his post following this match and I wish him well for the future. The Mackerel Men are pointless from their opening six matches.
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