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Ryman League round-up

24 February 2014
by Steve Tervet

Maidstone United remain top of the Ryman League Premier Division following their 5-0 home win over Wingate & Finchley on Saturday.

There were 1,723 fans inside the Gallagher Stadium and they saw Tom Mills and Frannie Collin score within a minute of each other to give the Stones a 2-0 half-time lead.

Luke Rooney gets stuck in against Wingate Picture Martin Apps

Luke Rooney gets stuck in against Wingate Picture: Martin Apps

More goals followed in the second half, from Jack Parkinson, Alex Flisher and Zac Attwood, who converted a 90th-minute penalty to complete the rout.

It remains tight at the top, though, with second-placed Dulwich Hamlet still level on points with Maidstone thanks to their 3-0 win over East Thurrock.

Margate came from behind to draw 1-1 at Bury Town, Charlie Wassmer cancelling out Jack Brame's opener to leave the Gate sitting 15th.

Two late goals earned struggling Thamesmead Town a 2-2 draw at home to promotion-chasing Kingstonian. The Ks led 2-0 with 10 minutes to go but Shamir Mullings and Danny Phillips rescued an unlikely point for the Mead.

Keith McMahon's side are one place and three points above the relegation zone but they've played up to seven games more than all the sides below them.

Basement boys Crays Wanderers look destined for the drop after they lost again, this time 5-1 at home to Lewes on Sunday. They were five down by the time Moses Ashikodi pulled one back in the 89th minute.

Folkestone Invicta continued their incredible run of form in Division 1 South with a 4-1 home win over Burgess Hill Town. Paul Booth scored a hat-trick and Johan Ter Horst, the subject of reported interest from Premier League scouts, was also on target.

Neil Cugley's side, who sit fourth in the table, have won nine of their last 10 games and they've now gone 16 matches without defeat at the Fullicks Stadium.

One place and four points outside the play-offs are Faversham Town, who won 1-0 at Chipstead thanks to a Jamie Maxted strike.

Ramsgate are eighth after they won 2-1 at home to Tooting & Mitcham United. James Everitt scored a last-gasp winner for the Rams, who had earlier taken the lead through Ian Pulman.

Meanwhile, Sittingbourne climbed into the top-half for the first time this season with a 3-0 win over Eastbourne Town at Woodstock Park.

Ryan Golding helped himself to a hat-trick, his third treble in 12 games, to extend the Brickies' unbeaten run to eight matches.

Goals from Jordan Casey and Dean Grant fired Herne Bay to a 2-1 win over 10-man Walton & Hersham, Stuart King having earlier missed a penalty for 15th-placed Bay.

Hythe Town are in real trouble after they crashed to a fourth straight defeat, and a 10th in 13 games. Scott Porter's side, who lost key players Pat Kingwell and Dave Cook to local rivals Ashford last week, were beaten 3-0 by lowly Three Bridges, and they're now just six points above the relegation zone.

They'll be hoping to keep Whitstable Town at bay, the third-bottom Oystermen having lost 3-1 at Horsham on Saturday. Scott Heard's fifth-minute opener was a distant memory by full-time in West Sussex.

VCD Athletic are now three points behind Division 1 North leaders Soham Town Rangers after they were beaten 3-1 at home by Dereham Town. VCD had Lee Craig and Karl Dent sent-off before Sherwin Stanley netted a late consolation.

At the other end of the table, a 2-0 defeat at Harlow has left Chatham Town six points and three places above the drop zone, while a 3-2 win over Heybridge Swifts has breathed life into Erith & Belvedere's survival hopes.

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