Published: 08:00, 07 September 2020
| Updated: 10:11, 07 September 2020
Sheppey United newboy Jack Midson made a great start to the new Southern Counties East season.
The Ites beat Erith Town 4-2 in their Premier Division opener with former AFC Wimbledon striker Midson scoring twice.
Ernie Batten’s Sheppey side led 2-1 at the break, with a Midson header and Billy Bennett’s effort cancelling out Danny Gannon’s opener.
It was all-square shortly after the restart when Ryan Mahal netted for Town but Bennett scored again after the hour mark and Midson wrapped it up in stoppage-time.
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Chatham Town were made to work hard for maximum points against Erith & Belvedere, winning 4-3.
The Deres twice went infront, with goals from Rob Curtis and Guy Mpungi, but summer signing Ryan Hayes and winger Matt Bodkin made sure the game was level with an hour played.
A Luke Rooney penalty put Chats ahead and Bodkin’s second - a well-taken volley - gave them breathing space but Henry Dasofunjo’s 88th minute goal ensured a tense finish.
Hollands & Blair saw a first-half lead disappear in an instant against Balham, who hung on to win 2-1.
Danny Kedwell put Blair ahead after 15 minutes at the Mayfield Stadium, scoring from close-range after the goalkeeper dropped a cross, but league newboys Balham were level just before the hour when Jake Henry headed in from a right-sided corner.
It was deja-vu for Simon Halsey’s men four minutes later as Cameron Gordon scored with his head from another Tom Read corner to put the hosts ahead with an hour gone.
Glebe boss Gary Alexander described his side’s performance as unacceptable after going down to a 4-0 home defeat against K Sports.
The Paperboys went infront through Travis Jackson and he added another shortly after Adam Hooper had made it 2-0 early in the second half.
Glebe played the last 10 minutes with 10 men, losing a player to injury after already using all of their substitutes. There was plenty of added-on time as a K Sports player also needed lengthy treatment, and their fourth goal came in the seventh minute of additional time through Lewis Foreman.
“Wow, what a learning curve,” tweeted the Glebe boss. “(An) unacceptable performance from my team. Second best all over the park. We learn and have to move on quickly.”
Tunbridge Wells followed up last week’s late FA Cup qualifying win with a super start to their league campaign, beating Lordswood 5-0 at Martyn Grove.
There were two goals from Euan Sahadow and Regan Corke before Matt Day struck a late fifth.
Punjab United also enjoyed a great start, hitting four past AFC Croydon Athletic without reply.
The game was all-but over before the break, as Rohan Badbhagi struck twice and Luke Adam added a third. Adams’ penalty early in the second half ended any hopes of a fightback for the visitors.
Bearsted got their league season off to a winning start, beating another of the SCEFL new teams Tower Hamlet 2-1. Andy Irvine and Jon Rogers struck either side of the break before Javaan Campbell pulled one back for the visitors.
Canterbury City were up against it early on in their match against Welling Town as goals from Ryan Golding and Richard Jimoh put the visitors two-up inside 20 minutes.
Adam Woollcott got one back for City five minutes after the restart but the visitors left 2-1 winners.
There was a bumper attendance at the Charles Ground, with 200 fans through the gates but hosts Deal Town were beaten 2-0 by Beckenham Town.
Ike Robertson put the hosts ahead after 15 minutes and Junior Kaffo added a second just before the break.
Crowborough Athletic and Fisher played out a goalless draw.