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Hythe v Folkestone

Craig Thompson wins the ball for Hythe during their 2-1 win over Folkestone 

Ryman League Division 1 South leaders Maidstone suffered a dramatic 1-0 defeat at Ramsgate on Boxing Day, their first loss in four months.

Rams striker Ian Pulman was felled in the box by Tommy Osborne two minutes into injury-time and, after Osborne received a red card, Warren Schulz converted the penalty to see Stones slip to second below new leaders Dulwich Hamlet, though Jay Saunders' side do have a game in hand.

Hythe drew level on points with Maidstone after coming from behind to record a 2-1 derby win against Folkestone in front of more than 1,000 fans at Reachfields.

Town, who lost 8-0 to Folkestone on Boxing Day 2011, got their revenge despite Josh Vincent's goal for Invicta before the break. Hythe skipper Dave Cook bagged his 16th of the season to level on the hour and former Folkestone favourite James Everitt grabbed the winner 18 minutes from time - just six weeks after leaving the club where he had spent nine years.

Faversham stayed fourth after Adrian Stone’s 72nd-minute goal cancelled out Joe Taylor first-half opener for Sittingbourne at Bourne Park. The draw saw Bourne slip out of the play-off places.

A bumper crowd of 433 saw Whitstable snatch a last-gasp equaliser at home to Herne Bay.

The visitors took the lead through 18-year-old Tunji Abgajae midway through the first half but 19-year-old Scott Heard snatched a point for Nicky Southall’s men in the dying seconds.

Premier Division leaders Margate suffered a shock 1-0 defeat at home to Cray Wanderers.

Leigh Bremner bagged the only goal for the Wands on 19 minutes, though Gate held on to top spot as second-placed Whitehawk were held to a draw. Cray rose to 12th. 

Stuart Zanone scored an injury-time winner as Thamesmead won 3-2 at Chatham to move into the Division 1 North play-off places.

Rob Carter and Lea Dawson twice put Mead ahead but James Lawrence and Garry Tilley drew the Chats level before Zanone’s last-gasp winner.

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