Saturday 8th December

Premier Division
Cray Valley 2-3 Deal Town
Crowborough Athletic 2-3 Beckenham Town
Erith Town 1-1 Punjab United
Fisher 2-1 Chatham Town
Hollands & Blair 3-3 Bearsted
K Sports 2-0 Rusthall
Lordswood 4-2 AFC Croydon
Sheppey United 2-4 Corinthian
Tunbridge Wells 5-2 Croydon

Super Saturday certainly lived up to its name in the Premier Division with 42 goals in the 9 games as wins for the Top Three give them breathing room on the pack behind. Fisher remain in first place after a win at home to Chatham Town despite being reduced to 10 men early on. Rob Brown hit a cracker each side of the break to give his side the points despite a late Chatham goal from Richard Avery. Beckenham Town were made to work very hard for their points away at Crowborough Athletic but were never behind and ended up as 3-2 winners come the final whistle. Jez Hammond scored twice for 'Becks' with Luis Medina getting the third while Bailey Colbran and Luke Leppard were on target for the now 8th placed 'Crows'. Deal Town produced one of the performances of the day to leave Badger Sports with all 3 points and move into 4th place in the table. The visitors got off to the perfect start when Billy Monday scored a first minute opener but Joe N'guessan soon equalised for Cray Valley. Ben Chapman then gave the 'Hoops' a half-time lead and when that was cancelled out late on by an Anthony Edgar strike Chapman scored again to give Deal Town a 3-2 win. Corinthian produced a strong finish to their game with Sheppey United to make sure they left the Havill Stadium with maximum points. Steven Ita scored the opener but Sheppey came back and soon led thanks to goals from Dan Bradshaw and Hitcham Akhazzan. With the game entering its final stages Sam Bewick scored twice for the Hoops before Conor Johnson wrapped the game up 4-2 in the last minute.
In an eventful six-goal thriller at Martyn Grove Lordswood took the points to return into the top half of the table. Joe Kane, Freeman Rogers, Euan Sahadow and Jordan Wells got the goals for the Lords with Joe Nwoko and Billy Brown replying for AFC Croydon. It is now 5 wins in a row for Tunbridge Wells thanks to a comfortable 5-2 victory over Croydon at the Culverden Stadium. Perry Spackman, Jason Thompson, Chad Bryce-Borthwick, Josh Biddlecombe and Jamie Humphries all scored for the hosts with Tre Daley and Malik Nosike netting for the 'Trams'. Sam Stace scored a double as K Sports continued their recent good run with another win. Rusthall were the victims at Cobdown and now sit 6 points away from a position of safety.
Bearsted produced the comeback of the day as a last gasp Peter Williams hat-trick saw them take a point away from Star Meadow. Hollands & Blair found themselves 3-0 up thanks to a Marshall Ratten brace and a Pat Bishendem effort. But with time running out the 'Bears' produced a miracle and now Williams should yet again find himself in the 'Kent Online' Team of the Week. For a full KSN match report click here. Erith Town began the day by collecting a lot of food for the needy before collecting a late point against their visitors Punjab United. In a 'Football for Food' game the Dockers allowed free entry in return for a donation and ended up with a van full of goods that will be passed on to Bexley Foodbank. With the crowd assembled and the van on its way Punjab began the game the strongest and scored in the first few minutes. Laurent Hamici got that opener on debut and the score remained the same until the final few minutes when Jack Mahon converted a penalty. Both sides left the stadium with a point and the charity left with a large bundle of stock so all-in-all everyone was a winner.

Saturday 8th December

First Division
Erith & Belvedere 0-0 Kennington
Holmesdale 4-2 Lydd Town
Kent Football United 7-0 Rochester United
Lewisham Borough 5-0 FC Elmstead
Meridian 0-1 Forest Hill Park
Phoenix Sports Res 1-0 SC Thamesmead
Stansfeld 4-2 Snodland Town
Welling Town 4-1 Sutton Athletic

Welling Town's change of Manager looks to have worked wonders as after a run of 4 games with no victory Louis Dean began life at the helm of the League leaders with an impressive home win over Sutton Athletic. The new boss gave a debut to Crystal Palace youth product Tariq Ossai and that proved to be a masterstroke as the youngster scored a hat-trick in a 4-1 win for the 'Boots'. Sam Bailey added to that trio with a stunning volley and now Welling find themselves 7 points clear at the top. Sutton, who remain 6th, had to play a large amount of the game with 10 men but battled valiantly on and got a great consolation effort from Connor Evans. Holmesdale are one of the teams best placed to hunt down the pacesetters and will still have belief after a good 4-2 win at home to Lydd Town. Brian Zepo continued his decent goalscoring run by getting two more with Malik Ouani and Andy Constable getting the others. Two other contenders shared the points without hitting the net as Erith & Belvedere and Kennington played out a goaless draw at Park View Road.
On a day of so many great SCEFL performances the best one probably came at Glentworth Sports as Kent Football United put on a second-half masterclass to give Rochester United a 7-0 hiding. A solitary Ashley Bertrand goal in the first 45 minutes was added to with six more by the hosts in the second 45 with Bertrand completing his hat-trick, Adam O'Neill getting two and Gareth Jones and Luke Markey adding one each. KFU are now just 2 points behind their 14th placed visitors. Lewisham Borough made it 3 wins in a row to close in on a top-half First Division place. FC Elmstead were no match for their hosts at the Ladywell Arena as the home side ran out 5-0 winners. Tashan Adeyinke scored a hat-trick on debut with Michael Daramola and Josh Owens getting the other two for the now 10th placed Lewisham. Forest Hill Park are one place ahead of their flatmates after a 4th win in a row, this time at Meridian VP. With games in hand on the sides ahead of them FHP could progress further up the table if they continue their run although the hosts only fell to a solitary Kameiko Pope-Campbell goal.
Phoenix Sports Reserves seem to be turning the Mayplace Ground into a fortress as they upset SC Thamesmead to go 5 games unbeaten on their home patch. Charlie Tagg got the only goal of the game and what a cracker it was too as he smashed home from distance to give his side the win and a 3 point gap over the side at the bottom. It is Snodland Town that are on the base as their new management team saw could not help them in a 4-2 loss at Stansfeld. The hosts scored through Freddie Cray, Billy Shinners, Berti Vallie and Harry Gamble to get over a rough patch that has kept them out of the collection of contenders. The visitors gained goals from Dave Sherwood and Kevin Everest and will gain confidence from an improved performance.


Photo: Stansfeld scramble home the first of 4 goals early on against Snodland Town - Credit: Alan Coomes - Gallery

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