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Ryman League round-up

By Steve Tervet
Folkestone's Matt Newman in action against Corinthians Casuals Picture: Gary Browne

Maidstone United are three points adrift of the Ryman League Premier Division play-offs after they were held to a 1-1 draw at Enfield on Saturday.

Frannie Collin put the Stones ahead on eight minutes but a Liam Hope penalty, five minutes before half-time, meant they had to settle for a point.

It was a similar story for Margate, who led Lewes through a Jefferson Louis goal at Hartsdown Park, only for Nick Wheeler's strike to earn the visitors a 1-1 draw.

Thamesmead Town kept their slim survival hopes alive with a 1-0 win at Hampton & Richmond Borough, Tyrus Gordon-Young netting the only goal of the game. Mead are five points from safety with three games left.

Relegated Cray Wanderers lost 1-0 at Bury Town.

In Division 1 South, Folkestone Invicta have all but confirmed their place in the play-offs after a 2-1 home win over Corinthian Casuals. James Everitt put them in front at the Fullicks Stadium and Johan ter Horst made it 2-0 in the 90th minute before Casuals pulled one back.

Neil Cugley's side are third, nine points clear of sixth-placed Merstham.

Whitstable Town are still not out of relegation trouble after they were held to a 2-2 draw by Tooting & Mitcham at the Belmont. Ashley Miller scored both goals for the Oystermen, who conceded an 83rd-minute equaliser. They're only three points above the drop zone with four games left.

The spoils were shared in the day's Kent derby at Winch's Field, where Herne Bay and Sittingbourne drew 1-1. Sam Hasler fired Bay in front but a Jon Richardson goal meant the Brickies left with a point.

Renford Tenyue scored twice for ninth-placed Faversham Town at Salters Lane but they were held to a 2-2 draw by struggling Walton & Hersham.

Hythe Town lost 3-1 at Redhill, Dan Stubbs scoring their goal, while Ramsgate went down to defeat at Walton Casuals by the same scoreline. Warren Schulz scored from the penalty spot for Justin Luchford's side.

The title race in Division 1 North looks like it will go to the wire, with VCD Athletic still two points clear at the top following a 6-1 win at Burnham Ramblers. Michael Power, Sherwin Stanley, Nick Reeves, James Duckworth, Albert Brayley and Sam Gent scored their goals, although second-placed Witham Town have a game in hand.

Erith & Belvedere have been relegated after they lost 2-1 at home to Waltham Forest. Jordan Clark's goal wasn't enough to stop the Deres crashing to a 12th straight defeat and sliding back into Southern Counties East.

A Matt Solly penalty fired Chatham Town to their 12th win in 14 games, 1-0 at home to Maldon & Tiptree.

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