Rather unusually, Sunday brought us three matches- and, also rather unusually for this season, each of our scheduled fixtures avoided a waterlogged pitch!
In Pitching In Isthmian Premier Cray Wanderers welcomed Concord Rangers to Hayes Lane. Wands started the day ten points above the bottom four, whilst the visiting Beachboys found themselves five points away from safety and trying to escape. Both sides have become rather difficult to defeat- prior to the match the hosts had lost only two of their previous nine, and not at all at home since October 15th, whilst the visitors had only three defeats from their previous nine, which was clearly not relegation form- so we expected that this one might be close, and so it turned out. It was the visitors who broke the deadlock, Ricky Modeste opening the scoring with a header with twenty four minutes to go, but the equaliser arrived eleven minutes later, Anthony Cook fouled, picking himself up, and converting the spot kick.
Wands move up to sixteenth, whilst their visitors are twentieth- but their form gives them hope, five points from safety with four games in hand.
Onto Pitching In Isthmian North, and Bowers and Pitsea were hoping to reclaim third place from Bury Town by defeating visitors Gorleston, the hosts in fourth at kick off, the visitors down in eleventh. At full time neither side had moved, and the match had delivered only two goals, which had arrived within two minutes of each other in the run up to half time. First the visiting Greens struck on thirty nine minutes, Dion Frary opening the scoring- but almost immediately the other number four, Lewis Chambers, struck back for Bowers- and as it turned out, that was that. The hosts are eight unbeaten, whilst the visitors have only lost one of their last eight, but have drawn half of those.
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Finally, Pitching In Isthmian South East had as many goals as the other two Sunday matches combined, but that won’t have been much consolation for hosts Erith and Belvedere or their fans, as visitors Sittingbourne scored all of them. The Brickies made it seven wins in a row with consummate ease, whilst the Deres, who had looked much improved in delivering a fine victory at Hythe Town in midweek, reverted to a more usual outcome to remain in the bottom two. It was three-nil by the midway point of the first half, Luke Woodward- on fourteen minutes, Harry Hope two minutes later and Mitchell May doing the damage, and after that the Brickies eased off, leaving their last goal until the last minute, Donvieve Jones adding a fourth. Sittingbourne are third, six points behind the leaders and fourteen ahead of sixth place Sheppey United- and on this form won’t have given up on the title just yet. The Deres are second bottom, level on points with the side ahead of them, Phoenix Sports, and have now played a game more.
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