Pitching In Isthmian South Central Leaders Raynes Park Vale had Southall and Chertsey Town breathing down their necks, so needed three points at Thatcham Town- but they had to be content with one, as the Kingfishers held out for an hour with ten men to earn a draw. The match, goalless when Josh Blackwood saw red just after the half hour, ended the same way- but Vale remain a point clear after Southall could also only draw and Chertsey saw their match postponed.
Second place Southall welcomed Guernsey for a match which kicked off early, aware that they could be in top spot by the time that their closest rivals took the field. The All were looking to win their sixth consecutive match, and went ahead on twenty seven minutes through Obed Kwabena, but the lead was cancelled out by Owen Wallbridge just after the hour. The Green Lions have become rather good at holding our for draws lately, and they did it again. That’s four draws from five for Guernsey.
Leatherhead got Fetcham Grove dried out in time for the visit of Ashford Town, and former Tanners boss Luke Tuffs. With two four-nil wins in a row under their belts the Tanners looked to be back to their best, but they needed a spot kick just before the break to win this one, Kenny Beaney with the only goal of the game- pictured, courtesy of SB Photographic. The Tanners go third, two points behind the leaders.
Badshot Lea had been in superb form. Thirteen games in all competitions had seen only one defeat- and that on penalties- as the Baggies climbed the table- but they saw that run end as they were well beaten by Uxbridge, a second half show bringing delight to the Honeycroft faithful. Uxbridge went ahead three minutes after the break through George Moore, and twenty minutes later Bernard Mensah doubled their advantage. It took only another minute for Alex Witham to add a third goal and make sure of three points, Uxbridge up to sixth.
Corinthian-Casuals, two points above the bottom two at kick off, welcomed Hanworth Villa to Tolworth. The Villains had only one defeat from their previous ten but left King George’s Field empty handed, Casuals moving up to sixteenth as an early goal from Kosher Mutra-Eribuwa proved enough for victory. Right at the end Jack Smith saw red for the hosts, but there was no time for Villa to capitalise.
Westfield welcomed Chipstead, twelfth v thirteenth. With five wins- and two defeats- from seven, Field had been in good form, whilst the Chips had lost their previous three and slipped down the table. Their problem has been at the back- only the bottom three had conceded more goals- and despite taking an early lead through Lewis Taylor on eighteen minutes, the Chips conceded three more. Jake Baxter’s fourteenth of the campaign saw the hosts draw level just before the break, and six minutes later Luke Elliott put them ahead. Six minutes from time a goal from Andrew Crossley made it three-one, and three points to the hosts, who climbed to ninth. A late red card for Caleb Wright didn’t dampen their day too much.
Sutton Common Rovers were without a win since September 16th, but they became the latest side to thump bottom side Binfield, coming from behind to hit four goals. Dontaye Whittaker put the Moles ahead eight minutes after half time, but Rovers levelled three minutes later though Bertie Lloyd and were quickly ahead, Nabeel Ghannam making it two. Matthew Feeney-Hill added a third a few minutes later, and two minutes from time Aaron Jenkins made it four-one. Rovers are fifteenth, Binfield still without a victory.
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