First Division – 5th September
Saturday 5th September
FC Elmstead 2-2 Croydon
Greenways 4-0 Bridon Ropes
Kennington 4-2 Holmesdale
Lydd Town 6-3 Stansfeld
Meridian VP 0-2 Sutton Athletic
Rochester Utd 3-0 Forest Hill Park
Rusthall 5-1 Kent Football Utd
Snodland Town 1-1 Lewisham Borough
The First Division gave us 36 goals from just the 8 games taking place on Day One.
9 of them came at the Lindsey Field as the hangover from an incredible FA Cup win appeared to affect Stansfeld and Lydd Town were only too happy to take advantage.
Dale Horton claimed a double for the Lydders as they kicked off the season in entertaining style with a 6-3 win.
Rusthall have also started the new campaign well, and it is they that lead the table at this very early stage thanks to a 5-1 win at home to Kent Football United.
A Jefferson Aibangbee brace plus goals from Louis Anderson, Danny Lear and James Miles gave the Rustics their place at the summit and they will not be planning to come down from it anytime soon.
Kennington beat Holmesdale in the big game of the day with 6 goals coming in a 4-2 win for the hosts.
Dan Carpenter’s opener for the visitors was quickly cancelled out by Gary Lockyer, with James Jeffrey and Craig Calvert also netting to give the ‘Ton’ a 3-1 lead by the break.
Early in the second half Ola Rabiu reduced the deficit before Lockyer sealed the game from the spot in the 7oth minute.
In a real game of two halves FC Elmstead and Croydon shared the spoils in a 2-2 draw at Lower Road.
Elmstead owned the first 45 with Jerome Walker netting twice to give give the hosts a good advantage by the break.
The Trams came racing back though and thanks to a late Andy Somo the returned home with a point.
A strong second half showing gave Greenways a 4-0 win over Bridon Ropes.
Aaron Kleman’s opener was followed by a Brad Cross finish and a Jack Jeffrey double as the Greens got off to a perfect start to the new campaign.
Rochester United have also started well, racking up a 3-0 home win over Forest Hill Park.
Harrison Hume scored twice with Jack Carthy heading the other for the Spartans at Rede Court Road.
Sutton Athletic picked up 3 points and a clean sheet too, retunring from their match with Meridian VP as 2-0 winners.
Both goals came early in the second half for ‘Sutts’ with Sean Nicholls and George Acland each getting on the scoresheet.
Snodland Town and Lewisham Borough drew 1-1 at Potyn’s Sports Field.
Adam Turton converted a first half penalty for the hosts with Aiden Dwyer equalising late on for Borough.
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