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Ryman League round-up

By Steve Tervet
Action from Herne Bay's 2-0 win over Leatherhead Picture: Tony Flashman
Action from Herne Bay's 2-0 win over Leatherhead Picture: Tony Flashman

A last-minute winner from Zac Attwood kept Maidstone United in the Ryman League Premier Division play-off places on Saturday.

Dan Parkinson had put the Stones in front at Bury Town but the home side quickly levelled, only for Attwood's last-gasp strike to earn Maidstone a 2-1 win.

They sit fourth but the three sides immediately below them all have games in hand.

Margate have now gone four games without a win after they were held to a 1-1 draw by Bognor Regis Town at Hartsdown Park. The promotion-chasing visitors struck first but former Gills midfielder Charlie Allen earned Gate a share of the spoils.

It's looked inevitable for a while and now Cray Wanderers have been relegated after they lost 4-0 at home to Kingstonian. Cray's miserable season has seen them concede 125 goals, and they still have five fixtures to fulfil.

Thamesmead Town are likely to follow them through the trap-door, their 3-0 defeat at Leiston on Saturday leaving them eight points adrift with four games left.

Meanwhile, VCD Athletic took a huge step towards the Division 1 North championship with a 3-1 win over title rivals Witham Town.

Goals from Michael Power and Karl Dent had the Vickers 2-0 up before Kris Newby pulled one back for the visitors. However, ex-Gillingham player Stuart Thurgood converted a late penalty to put the result beyond doubt.

VCD are now five points clear of Witham, who have two games in hand.

Lewis Knight scored the only goal of the game as Chatham Town won 1-0 at Redbridge to move into the top half of the table for the first time since August.

Erith & Belvedere are now on the brink of relegation after they lost 4-2 at home to 10-man Maldon & Tiptree. George Humber put the home side in front but Maldon, despite having Bradley Hunter sent-off before half-time, scored four goals to take complete control of the game.

Nelson Senkatuka scored a late consolation but the Deres have now lost 10 games in a row and they're 12 points from safety with only six games left.

Folkestone Invicta lost at home for the first time in seven months in Division 1 South, where their play-off place is suddenly looking under threat.

Johan ter Horst's 24th goal of the season was in vain as Neil Cugley's side were beaten 3-1 by Chipstead. Third-placed Invicta are one of three teams on 73 points, with in-form Merstham just three points back and hoping to sneak into the top-five.

At the other end of the table, Whitstable Town are just five points above the relegation zone after their 4-1 defeat at Peacehaven & Telscombe saw the Sussex side crowned champions.

Ashley Miller scored for the Oystermen but they were already 4-0 down by that stage.

Sittingbourne held high-flying Guernsey to a 1-1 draw at Woodstock Park, with Luke Girt on target for the Brickies.

Goals from Dave Botterill and Renford Tenyue fired Faversham Town to a 2-1 win at lowly Crawley Down, while Ramsgate lost 1-0 at 10-man Burgess Hill.

Hythe Town crashed 2-0 away to basement boys Eastbourne Town but it was a good day for Herne Bay, who beat second-placed Leatherhead 2-0 at Winch's Field.

Jordan Casey scored both goals for Sam Denly's side, who now look safe from relegation.

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