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Ryman League round-up

Sittingbourne v Hythe

Goalmouth action between Sittingbourne (red) and Hythe on Saturday                                                           Picture: John Westhrop

Maidstone United are still top of Ryman League Division 1 South but their lead was cut to four points after Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Folkestone Invicta.

Graeme Andrews and Tom Mills were on target for the Stones at Cheriton Road but Johan Ter Horst’s double earned the hosts a 2-2 draw.

Victory for Dulwich Hamlet over Merstham means they are four points behind Maidstone with three games in hand.

Faversham Town remain fourth despite being held to a 0-0 draw by Corinthian Casuals at Salters Lane.

Joe Taylor’s 77th-minute penalty earned Sittingbourne the derby spoils as they beat Kent rivals Hythe Town 1-0 at Bourne Park.

Ramsgate are seventh, two points outside the play-offs, after Ben Laslett scored 10 minutes from time to clinch a 1-0 win away to Eastbourne Town.

Meanwhile, Herne Bay crashed to a fourth straight league defeat at Winch’s Field. Lowly Walton Casuals were 3-0 up at half-time and they added a fourth goal after the interval.

Whitstable Town won on the road for the first time since October. Buster Smissen and substitute William Parkinson fired them to a 2-1 win at Walton & Hersham.

In Ryman League, Division 1 North, Thamesmead Town are third after their seventh consecutive league win. Rob Carter, Baff Addae and Lea Dawson were all on target as the Mead won 3-0 at Cheshunt.

At Maidstone Road, Chatham Town held sixth-placed Soham Town Rangers to a goalless draw.

Alex Rhodes scored twice as Margate beat Premier Division leaders Whitehawk 2-1 at Hartsdown Park.

The visitors led through Michael Malcolm but Rhodes struck twice in four second-half minutes to earn the Gate three points.

Elsewhere in the division, Cray Wanderers conceded nine goals for the first time since 1966 as their miserable run of form continued.

They trailed Kingstonian 4-0 by the time Danny Phillips and Leigh Bremner pulled two goals back. Chris Saunders added a third for the Wands but Kingstonian ran out 9-3 winners and Cray are now just six points above the drop zone.

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