Scott W reporting (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)
Hello & welcome to a round-up of the action in the Bostik League Premier Division here on my blog. There’s a quick turnaround with most teams playing twice in three days over the Bank Holiday Weekend.
Friday 25th August result
Thurrock 3 – 2 Worthing
Venue: Ship Lane Attendance: 147
Thurrock weathered a Worthing comeback to claim all three points at Ship Lane. Joe Christou put Fleet ahead after just two minutes. Christou grabbed his second on 25 minutes to extend Thurrock’s lead. James Fraser pulled one back for the Rebels nine minutes later. Charlie Stimson restored Thurrock’s two-goal cushion six minutes after the re-start. Worthing grabbed what turned out to be a consolation goal five minutes later through defender Gary Elphick, though the hosts held on for their second win of the campaign.
Saturday 26th August results
Billericay Town 6 – 1 Burgess Hill Town
Venue: New Lodge Attendance: 1,110
Billericay powered to a big win at New Lodge. Robbie Evans gave the Blues the lead after five minutes, before James Richmond levelled for the Hillians. After the break, the home side took over as substitute Adam Cunnington grabbed a 18-minute hat-trick (50’, 53’ & 68’) to seal the win for Glenn Tamplin’s side. Late goals from Billy Bricknell (pen 78’) and Sam Deering added to the visitors’ pain as the hosts picked up their third straight win.
Brightlingsea Regent 2 – 1 Hendon
Venue: North Road Attendance: 201
Brightlingsea struck a late winner to achieve their first win of the new season. Billy Hunt put Regent ahead with 16 minutes remaining. Only a minute later, Keagan Cole levelled for the Greens. Regent’s Phil Kelly struck in added time to seal the points for James Webster’s side.
Dorking Wanderers 1 – 1 Staines Town
Venue: Westhumble Community Ground Attendance: 275
Dorking struck late on to claim a point in this feisty encounter at the Westhumble. Staines took the lead on the quarter-hour through Mohamed Bettamer. Wanderers were reduced to ten men after 34 minutes as Jerome Beckles was dismissed for two bookable offences. The player count was levelled just before half-time as Wadah Ahmidi also received two bookings. Dorking levelled the match with a minute to spare as Dean Hamlin struck to seal a point.
Folkestone Invicta 0 – 2 Needham Market
Venue: The Fullicks Stadium Attendance: 374
Needham secured a good win at the Fullicks Stadium. Ryan Gibbs put the Marketmen ahead on the stroke of half-time. Callum Harrison secured the win with moments remaining to give Needham their second win of the season and hand Invicta their first loss.
Harlow Town 2 – 0 Lowestoft Town
Venue: The Harlow Arena Attendance: 212
A five-minute goal burst from Harlow after the break secured the win for Town at the Harlow Arena. Alex Read opened his side’s account from the spot on 65 minutes, before Reece Dobson doubled the lead four minutes later to grab the Hawks ‘ first win of the new league season.
Harrow Borough 2 – 0 Tonbridge Angels
Venue: Earlsmead Attendance: 203
Harrow continued their superb start to the new season with this win at Earlsmead. Michael Bryan put the Reds ahead after nine minutes, before Will Turl sealed the win 13 minutes into the second half. After getting a repreieve from the drop last term, Harrow have now won four out of four so far this term.
Kingstonian 0 – 4 Leatherhead
Venue: Feltcham Grove Attendance: 415
Leatherhead defeated tenants Kingstonian in the first ‘Feltcham Grove’ derby. Lee Minshull gave the Tanners the lead on 27 minutes, before Jack Midson doubled that lead just before half-time. Luke Kandi made it three with 21 minutes remaining. Yannis Ambroisine secured a big win for Sammy Moore’s side on 72 mnutes.
Leiston 2 – 2 Dulwich Hamlet
Venue: Victory Road Attendance: 341
Leiston struck late on to seal a point against Dulwich at Victory Road. Nyren Clunis put Hamlet ahead on 18 minutes, before Sanchez Ming doubled that advantage seven minutes before half-time. Christy Finch reduced the arrears for the Blues three minutes later. Leiston kept going and grabbed a point late-on thanks to Joe Jefford’s goal to stay unbeaten so far this term.
Metropolitan Police 0 – 3 Merstham
Venue: Imber Court Attendance: 96
Merstham comfortably defeated Met Police at Imber Court. Reece Hall put the visitors ahead after six minutes, before Ryan Hall converted a penalty on 32 minutes to give the Moatsiders a two-goal lead at the break. Imrahim Fofana added a third five minutes from time as Merstham claimed their second win of the season thus far.
Tooting & Mitcham Utd 0 – 4 Enfield Town
Venue: Imperial Fields Attendance: 308
Enfield secured a big win over ten-man Tooting at Imperial Fields. Enfield led on 37 minutes through Rob Hylton-Barry’s opener. The second half didn’t start well for the Terrors as Peter Wedgeworth was dismissed. Enfield took advantage Ryan Blake extended their lead with 22 minutes left. Goals from Drew Roberts (72’) and Simon Thomas (76’) added to the hosts’ pain to give the Towners their first win of the season.
Wingate & Finchley 1 – 0 Margate
Venue: Summers Lane Attendance: 175
The Blues edged Margate to claim their second win of the season at Summers Lane. Reece Beckles-Richards grabbed the only goal of the game 12 minutes into the second half.
Check back early next week for more round-ups from the Bostik League that took place on Bank Holiday Monday.