Ryman League football round-up
Herne Bay's Billy Bennett in
possession against Maidstone at the Gallagher Stadium on
Picture: Martin Apps
Margate have moved joint top with Whitehawk in
the Ryman League, Premier Division, after their 2-1 victory at
Hampton & Richmond on Saturday.
Matt Bodkin grabbed Gate’s winner early in the second half after
the sides had gone in at half-time drawing 1-1, with Hampton’s Gary
Holloway cancelling out a 13th-minute strike from Dan Stubbs.
Maidstone United remain two points behind
leaders Dulwich Hamlet in Ryman League, Division 1 South after
beating Herne Bay 2-0 in front of a crowd of 1,731
at the Gallagher Stadium.
Second-half goals from Alex Flisher and Tom Mills gave Stones
victory after they had striker Shaun Welford sent off for violent
Third-placed Hythe Town kept up their challenge
with a 4-1 victory at Merstham. Captain Dave Cook led the way with
his second hat-trick of the season before Brendon Cass completed
the scoring nine minutes from time.
Sittingbourne moved into fourth place after
their 3-0 win at former leaders Crawley Down, who had Steve Sargent
sent-off just before half-time.
The Brickies were on top throughout and were rewarded with goals
from Nick Davies, Ryan Golding and Joe Taylor.
Faversham, however, have slipped to eighth
place after their 2-0 home defeat by Chipstead. The visitors scored
in each half through Joe Nwoko and Shane Graham and also saw a
78th-minute penalty saved by Faversham keeper Simon Overland.
Whitstable and Ramsgate also both lost at home.
Whitstable, who have appointed former Gillingham
midfielder Nicky Southall as their new manager, lost 2-0 to fellow
strugglers Corinthian Casuals who scored both their goals in the
second half through Joe Hicks and Dave Hodges.
Ramsgate led 1-0 through Tom Chapman but Walton
& Hersham hit back to claim the points through Victor Kiri and
a late Graeme Purdy penalty.
Folkestone were denied victory at home to
Burgess Hill Town when Darren Budd’s 87th-minute goal direct from a
corner cancelled out Richard Atkins’ 51st-minute strike.
In Ryman League, Division 1 North, Thamesmead
won 4-2 at fellow play-off rivals Potters Bar thanks to two goals
each from Stuart Zanone and Rob Carter, while
Chatham remain in a lowly 18th place after their
2-0 home defeat by leaders Maldon & Tiptree.
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