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Saturday's Ryman League Premier Division, Division 1 South and Division 1 North round-up plus FA Trophy news

Margate cruised to a 3-0 win against Grays to keep their seven-point lead at the top of Ryman League Premier Division intact on Saturday afternoon.

Gate had to wait 26 minutes for Ryan Moss to break the deadlock at Hartsdown Park but were then frustrated by the Essex visitors until 14 minutes from time when John Beales made it 2-0.

Jamie Taylor added a third a minute before the end as Margate maintained their advantage over second-placed Maidstone United, 2-0 winners at home to VCD Athletic, who do retain four games in hand.

Tonbridge Angels will be in the draw for the First Round proper of the FA Trophy on Monday after a battling goalless draw at home to Bromley on Saturday.

The two sides face a replay at Hayes Lane after the Longmead stalemate, though Cray Wanderers exited in the Third Qualifying Round, going down 3-1 at Weymouth.

Adrian Stone gave the Wands a surprise lead on 15 minutes but Weymouth levelled shortly after the half-hour through Yetton and the Terras man turned the game around from the penalty spot with 25 minutes to play.

The hosts added a crucial third six minutes from time through Plummer to book their passage through.

Faversham Town and Folkestone Invicta shared four goals in an entertaining top-of-the-table clash in Division 1 South.

Ian Draycott put fourth-placed Invicta ahead on 24 minutes, only for Sam Bewick to level for the leaders 10 minutes before the break.

A controversial penalty from Paul Booth, given for handball against Ashley Brown put the visitors back ahead on 54 minutes but a spectacular strike from Josh Stanford ensured the points were shared 12 minutes from time.

Merstham climbed to second, three points behind Town, after recording their ninth win in 10 games, the other a draw.

Herne Bay are sixth and just a point outside the play-off places after a fine 2-1 win in the derby game at Hythe Town.

Hot-shot Stuart King was again the Bay hero with a brace, scoring after 13 and 64 minutes to ensure the points, though Town’s Sam Conlon set up a tense finale with a 92nd minute reply.

Stuart King. Picture: Matt Bristow
Stuart King. Picture: Matt Bristow

Sittingbourne slipped to ninth after a 2-0 defeat at Carshalton – the third league game in four in which they have failed to score.

Bourne have won just once in 11 games in all competitions after a 13th-minute opener from Sean O’Toole and a clincher just before the hour from former Chatham man Austin Gacheru.

Whitstable Town returned to the top-10 with a fine 1-0 home win against Hastings United.

Connor Coyne grabbed the only goal 10 minutes after the interval to end a run of one win in 10 in all competitions for the Oystermen.

Ramsgate moved six points clear of the drop-zone after a fine 2-1 win at Chipstead.

Two goals in seven minutes either side of the hour-mark proved enough, with Greg Skinner’s opener followed swiftly by Jamie Kelly’s second, meaning an injury-time own-goal by Nick Shaw was a mere consolation.

Richard Butler fired a hat-trick as Thamesmead crushed mid-table rivals Cheshunt 5-0 in Division 1 North to move within 10 points of the play-off places.

Robert Carter gave mead the lead midway through the first-half and Tyrus Gordon-Young’s added a second three minutes later before Butler made it three goals in five minutes to put the game beyond the visitors.

Butler grabbed his second a minute before half-time while his treble was completed just after the hour.

Chatham Town have now gone six games without scoring infront of their own fans after a 0-0 draw against Waltham Abbey at Maidstone Road on Saturday.

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