Ryman League round-up
Herne Bay sandwiched by
Picture: Paul Dennis
Maidstone United saw their lead at the top of
Ryman League Division 1 South cut to two points on Saturday.
The Stones could only draw 0-0 at home to Burgess Hill Town,
while second-placed Dulwich Hamlet – who have three games in hand –
beat Three Bridges 2-0.
Herne Bay snatched a 1-1 draw at
Faversham Town when Billy Bennett scored with five
minutes left. Toby Ashmore had earlier netted for the Lilywhites,
who remain third.
In the other Kent derby, Hythe Town produced a
rousing comeback to beat Ramsgate 4-2 at
Southwood. Curtis Robinson gave the Rams an early lead but Craig
Cloke and Dave Cook, from the penalty spot, edged Hythe in
Warren Schulz’s penalty brought Ramsgate level but Gillingham
loanee Ashley Miller and Brendon Cass struck late to win the game
for the visitors.
Folkestone Invicta continued their good form
with a 2-0 win over fourth-placed Leatherhead. The result lifted
them to within a point of the play-off spots. The hosts had Phil
Stevenson sent-off but Richard Atkins scored to put them in front
and Darren Smith’s penalty wrapped up the win.
A Ryan Golding goal couldn’t prevent fifth-placed
Sittingbourne slipping to a 2-1 defeat at
Meanwhile, Whitstable Town had an afternoon to
forget as they crashed to a 4-0 defeat against Tooting &
Mitcham United at the Belmont.
In the Ryman League, Premier Division, Margate
saw their promotions hopes dented courtesy of a 2-1 defeat at
Danny Stubbs scored inside 90 seconds but the Stones netted
twice in the last six minutes to leave the Gate four points adrift
of the play-off places.
Cray Wanderers won for the first time in 2013
thanks to an impressive 2-0 win at Bognor Regis Town. The visitors
struck twice inside five second-half minutes courtesy of Michael
Power and Alex Stavrinou.
Thamesmead Town are up to second in Ryman
League, Division 1 North after coming from behind to win 2-1 at
Waltham Forest. Lea Dawson and Chris Edwards – in the last minute –
scored the goals which fired the Mead to their eighth straight
However, a bad week for Chatham Town got worse
when they lost 3-2 at home to lowly Ware.
Goals from Lee Hales and Austin Gacheru had put the Chats 2-1 up
but Ware came back to snatch the points with an 86th-minute
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