THERE were three Ryman South matches last night (Tuesday), involving five clubs in the bottom eight.
The odd ones out were Leatherhead, who started the day in eighth place, and they moved up to fourth thanks to a Tommy Hutchings goal a minute before half-time, enough for a 1-0 victory at Sittingbourne.
Walton Casuals earned their first win of the season, hanging on to beat Worthing 4-3 on the Sussex coast despite a late rally by the hosts.
Casuals romped into a 3-0 half-time lead with two goals from Sol Patterson-Bohner sandwiching one by Liam Holden. It was the 78th minute before Scott Kirkwood’s penalty put Rebels on the scoreboard, and Holden quickly restored the two-goal margin. Kirkwood closed the gap again a minute later and Nick Sullivan’s goal in the 88th minute made it a tense finish.
Whitstable earned their first point of the season in a 2-2 home draw with Horsham, but will feel they should have done better. They were one up in the second minute through Stuart Vahid and 40-year-old veteran Nicky Southall made it 2-0 midway through the half. Darren Lok pulled one back on the hour and a 75th-minute own goal by Rob Gillman handed Hornets a point.
Wingate hit back to reach next round
RYMAN League clubs continue to thrive in the FA Cup after the replays last night (Tuesday) saw five more clubs reach the second qualifying round, making an impressive total of 33 survivors out of the 37 possible when Saturday’s games began.
Kick-off for Maidstone academy
MAIDSTONE'S newest college campus has opened - offering 50 young people studies and sport at a state-of-the-art venue: Maidstone United's £2.6m Gallagtger Stadium.