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Faversham on the attack against Walton Casuals
Faversham on the attack against Walton Casuals

Faversham take on Walton Casuals on Saturday Picture: Chris Davey

Margate march on at the top of the Ryman League, Premier Division, after beating Wingate & Finchley 2-0 on Saturday.

John Beales put the Gate in front on 61 minutes and substitute Alex Rhodes made sure of the points with a late free-kick.

Elsewhere in the division, Bradley Wood-Garness scored the only goal as Cray Wanderers lost 1-0 at Canvey Island.

The result of the day in Ryman League, Division 1 South came at Salters Lane, where Faversham Town thrashed basement boys Walton Casuals 7-0.

Renford Tenyue hit a hat-trick, while there were two goals each for Wayne Wilson and Kieran Oliver. Incredibly, the visitors had two goalkeepers sent-off.

Maidstone United remain hot on the heels of leaders Dulwich Hamlet after their 1-0 win at Leatherhead. It took Folkestone loanee Stuart King just six minutes to open his Stones account but the visitors’ joy was tempered when goalkeeper Charlie Mitten broke his arm and was taken to hospital.

Third-placed Hythe Town shrugged off their midweek derby defeat to Ramsgate by beating Eastbourne Town 2-0 in east Sussex.

Dave Cook scored both Hythe goals before half-time. Scott Porter’s side remain level with Maidstone on 33 points although they have played three games more.

At Bourne Park, a Ryan Golding penalty gave Sittingbourne the lead against Worthing but they ended up losing 2-1. Two goals in three minutes at the end of the first-half turned the game and the defeat leaves the Brickies fourth.

Nicky Southall’s first game in sole charge of Whitstable Town brought a creditable 1-1 draw at high-flying Crawley Down. Dover loanee Sean Raggett salvaged a point for the Oystermen after Luke Blewden had put the hosts in front.

Luke Webb scored the only goal as Folkestone Invicta extended their unbeaten run to three games with a 1-0 win at home to Tooting & Mitcham.

However, Ramsgate slumped to their third defeat in four matches as they lost 3-0 at Chipstead.

Herne Bay lost by the same scoreline at home to Merstham. Four straight league defeats have seen them drop to 15th.

Runaway leaders Maldon & Tiptree beat Thamesmead Town 1-0 in Ryman League, Division 1 North. Jamie Guy scored Maldon’s winner from the penalty spot but Mead remain in the play-off places.

Meanwhile, first-half goals from Roddy Ndiane and Liam Hickey fired Chatham Town to a 2-0 home win over AFC Sudbury.

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