The Ryman Football League
Published 22nd August 2012
Today the newly-named Crawlet Down Gatwick sit proudly at the top of the table after their 5-0 thrashing of Burgess Hill Town on Tuesday night took their haul to six from two games.
Baff Addae put them ahead after 17 minutes and Gabriel Odunaike netted either side of half-time. Late goals from Jamie Cade, a penalty, and Luke Blewden completed the nap hand.
Hot on their heels are Dulwich Hamlet, who now have seven unanswered goals after powering to a 4-0 victory at Walton & Hersham on the back of Josh Turner’s first-minute opener.
Kalvin Morath-Gibbs doubled the score 7 minutes after the break, Vernon Francis added the third and Carl Wilson-Denis wrapped it up from the spot.
The only other side on six points are Leatherhead, who won 3-0 at Tooting & Mitcham United in the battle of two relegated clubs.
It was 0-0 for an hour, despite Leatherhead’s domination, but then Tooting keeper Darren Behcet was sent-off for handling outside the area and Tanners were quick to profit. Greg Andrews blasted in the resulting free-kick and Tom Bradbrook added another 2 minutes later. Charlie Holness completed the scoring in the 76th minute.
The other relegated side, Horsham, went down 3-1 at Sussex rivals Eastbourne Town, despite leading for more than half the game.
Ryan Marriott put Horsham ahead midway through the first half and it stayed that way until the 70th minute, when Alex Howell squared it. Ben Austin and Danny Curd completed a burst of three goals in 10 minutes.
Both promoted sides were beaten at home in their Ryman debuts on Saturday and both bounced back with away victories on Tuesday night. Herne Bay took the points at Hythe Town with a lone, late goal from Danny Williams but it was much for eventful for Three Bridges at Worthing.
Tim Rivers scored after 3 minutes for Bridges and Marcus Elliott got their second. Mike Huckett twice equalised, in the 19th and 36th minutes, but the game turned away from Rebels in the last 2 minutes of the half as Abubacarr Touray and Rivers put the visitors 4-2 up.
Chris O’Flaherty pulled one back 5 minutes after the break but that was all and Bridges won 4-3.
Chipstead manager Mark Tompkins resigned after their opening-day defeat at Burgess Hill and new boss Mick Read made a good start as Jason Goodchild’s 54th minute goal earned a 1-0 home win over Walton Casuals.
Maidstone United are the team to watch for goals. Fourteen have been scored in their two matches as they followed up Saturday’s 5-4 home defeat with a 3-2 victory at Whitstable Town.
Tim Olorunda put them ahead after 14 minutes, Micheal Everitt levelled after 32 and Michael Phillips restored Stones’ advantage just before the break.
Shaun Welford made it 3-1 with 18 minutes to go and Ian Pulman’s 89th minute penalty was not enough to rescue the Oystermen.
Warren Schulz gave Ramsgate the lead in the 16th minute of their home game against Faversham Town, Tom Chapman added another 16 minutes after that and it finished 2-0.
A Troy Williams penalty 2 minutes from time allowed Merstham to escape with a 2-2 draw at Corinthian-Casuals.
Fabio Saravia put the visitors in front after 57 minutes but Casuals were quick to respond through Danny Dudley and Jamie Byatt.