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Saturday 20th November Round-up

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Saturday 20th November Round-up

There was a full programme of Premier Division games this week, and although all started, two failed to finish!

League leaders Worthing went down 2-1 at home against Cheshunt, who remained in 7th place despite picking up the three points. Ollie Pearce gave ‘The Mackerel Men’ the lead after eleven minutes, but a brace from Rowan Liburd in the twenty-second and thirty-first minute gave ‘The Ambers’ the lead which they held. Such is the gap that Worthing have created at the top, Enfield Town are still five points behind them (albeit with a game in hand) despite their 3-1 win at home against Merstham. Korrey Henry gave ‘The Moatsiders’ the lead with an eleventh minute penalty and they held that lead at the break, but in the second half, Mo Faal scored two, one from the penalty spot, and Andre Coker added a third in the last minute to wrap up the points for ‘The Towners’ on the tenth anniversary of their move into the Queen Elizabeth II Stadium.

Lewes moved back into 3rd following a 3-0 win at the Dripping Pan against Folkestone Invicta who had held that position before the game. ‘The Rooks‘ held a 1-0 advantage at half-time through Ollie Tanner’s strike in the twenty-eighth minute and that was how the score stayed until time added on at the end of the game when further strikes from Taylor Maloney and Joe Taylor gave the score a slightly flattering look. That defeat saw Invicta drop to 5th, with Bishop’s Stortford moving into 4th, as they registered a 3-1 win at home against Wingate & Finchley. All the goals came in the second half as strikes from Darren Foxley and substitute Frankie Merryfield, who got two, put ‘The Bishops’ in charge before Luke Ifil scored a late consolation, but that wasn’t enough to stop ‘The Blues’ falling to their seventh consecutive League defeat.

Another side registering a home win were Kingstonian, who defeated Cray Wanderers 2-1 to remain in 6th place. Gus Sow gave ‘The Ks’ the lead with a penalty midway through the first half, only for Anthony Cook to equalise, also from twelve yards, but in the seventy-second minute, Elliott Buchanan scored his side’s all-important second. During the week, Margate appointed former Invicta striker Lloyd Blackman as Assistant Manager, but he couldn’t help to stop his side go down to a 2-1 defeat at Hartsdown Park against Bognor Regis Town, who swapped places with the Kent side and moved up to 8th. Craig Robson gave ‘The Rocks’ the lead in the eighteenth minute and they doubled their lead through Ashton Leigh in the fiftieth, before Sam Blackman (no relation!) pulled a goal back with just under twenty-five minutes to go, but the Sussex club held on to take the points back home.

Corinthian-Casuals picked up another point following a 1-1 draw at East Thurrock United, despite having Bobby Mills sent off just before the hour. Before that, Alex Hernandez had given the home side the lead from the penalty spot on ten minutes, but this was cancelled out by Warren Mfula thirteen minutes later. Bowers & Pitsea moved up a couple of places to 16th following a 2-1 victory at home against Haringey Borough, who slipped to just a place above them. Anthony McDonald gave ‘The Borough’ a half-time lead, but after the break their opponents turned the game around with goals from Lewis Manor in the seventy-second, and Callum Leahy in the last minute.

There was a big game at the foot of the table, where the two bottom clubs before the game, Leatherhead and Horsham, met at Fetcham Grove and it was ‘The Hornets’ who triumphed, winning 3-1. All the goals came in the first half, Eddie Dsane opened the scoring for the away side after just four minutes, and this was doubled after nineteen through Shamir Fenelon. Lee Harding then made it 3-0 in the thirty-first minute, only for Michael Bakare to pull a goal back with just six minutes of the first half remaining and that was how the score remained despite Horsham’s Charlie Hester-Cook being sent off with six minutes to go. That result sees the winners move up to 19th, whilst Leatherhead remain rock-bottom, four points from safety although during the week they appointed Julien Ndomo, who has coached in England, France, Spain, and Portugal, and previously played for the Cameroon National Team and Deportivo La Coruna at youth levels before an injury put a stop to his playing career. He has immediately got into the job as ‘The Tanners’ had no less than five new players in their team yesterday.

As mentioned, the other two games both failed to finish, they were abandoned as the lights went out in Essex. Potters Bar Town were playing at Brightlingsea Regent, who signed five players from new Manager Brett Munyard’s former club Essex League White Ensign during the week, and for the third time this season (two in the League and one in the Buildbase F.A. Trophy) they had their game abandoned when winning 1-0. This time it was floodlight failure that caused a premature end to the game after seventy-three minutes, for the record (not that it counts!), Joseph Boachie had given ‘The Scholars’ the lead in the fifty-eighth minute. It was even worse at Hornchurch who were entertaining Carshalton Athletic, as not only was it the floodlights, but everywhere went dark in Upminster due to a major power outage which caused the game to be abandoned after forty minutes. The score at the time was 1-1, Ollie Muldoon gave the home side the lead after six minutes, only for ‘The Robins’ to equalise through Harry Ottaway on the fifteen-minute mark, and then just before the darkness hit, ‘The Urchins’ goalkeeper, Joe Wright, saved Jordan Cheadle’s penalty.                                

Results

Bishop's Stortford

3

Wingate & Finchley

1

Bowers & Pitsea

2

Haringey Borough

1

Brightlingsea Regent

(0)A

Potters Bar Town

(1)A

East Thurrock United

1

Corinthian-Casuals

1

Enfield Town

3

Merstham

1

Hornchurch

(1)A

Carshalton Athletic

(1)A

Kingstonian

2

Cray Wanderers

1

Leatherhead

1

Horsham

3

Lewes

3

Folkestone Invicta

0

Margate

1

Bognor Regis Town

2

Worthing

1

Cheshunt

2

 

Premier Division Table

 

P

W

D

L

F

A

G/D

Pts

Worthing

16

12

1

3

40

25

+15

37

Enfield Town

15

10

2

3

33

15

+18

32

Lewes

16

9

3

4

42

23

+19

30

Bishop's Stortford

16

8

5

3

30

19

+11

29

Folkestone Invicta

15

8

5

2

30

19

+11

29

Kingstonian

15

9

2

4

27

21

+6

29

Cheshunt

16

8

4

4

25

14

+11

28

Bognor Regis Town

15

6

7

2

25

17

+8

25

Margate

15

7

3

5

24

23

+1

24

Carshalton Athletic

14

6

4

4

28

14

+14

22

Merstham

16

7

0

9

24

25

-1

21

Hornchurch

15

6

2

7

21

17

+4

20

Corinthian-Casuals

15

6

2

7

18

18

=

20

Potters Bar Town

13

5

3

5

22

22

=

18

Haringey Borough

17

4

6

7

24

28

-4

18

Bowers & Pitsea

13

4

3

6

16

22

-6

15

Wingate & Finchley

15

4

3

8

24

33

-9

15

East Thurrock United

16

3

4

9

18

41

-23

13

Horsham

13

3

3

7

17

17

=

12

Cray Wanderers

13

3

1

9

15

28

-13

10

Brightlingsea Regent

16

3

1

12

15

47

-32

10

Leatherhead

17

2

2

13

15

45

-30

8