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First Wins For Ashford United & Chipstead

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Ashford United and Chipstead both broke their ducks to record first victories of the 2017/18 season in the Bostik League South on Tuesday.

A goal from Matt Day in the 64th minute gave Jason Whitmore`s Nuts & Bolts their first win since winning promotion from the Southern Counties East League at the Homelands against a Ramsgate outfit who have only won once themselves.

Chipstead earned a last-gasp 2-1 win at Horsham, taking a 33rd minute lead through Ollie Twum.

The Hornets eventually levelled with a Scott Kirkwood penalty midway through the second half, but Sam Bell won it for the visitors in the 89th minute.

Lewes remain unbeaten after sharing a 2-2 draw at Shoreham, for whom this was a first point after winning promotion from the Southern Combintion League.

A Sussex derby crowd of 221 saw the action fire up just after the break when Bouwe Bosma was brought down in the box for a penalty which Jamie Brotherton duly converted.

But then virtually straight from the restart, the Mullets equalised when a mix-up at the back led to a Lloyd Cotton own goal.

Scott Packer then put the home side in front after 62 minutes, but a second Brotherton spot-kick given after sub George Landais was hacked down earned parity.

Shoreham had defender Lee Denyer dismissed in stoppage time for two quick yellow cards.

Walton Casuals top the table after a 3-0 win against a yet-to-win East Grinstead Town side at their new Elmbridge Xcel Sports Hub home.

Josh Kelly had Casuals in front after 17 minutes and 8 minutes later, Sean McCormack doubled that lead.

And a second from McCormack after 67 minutes sealed the home side`s success.

Whyteleafe are second after winning 2-0 at Church Road against Guernsey FC.

Two goals in 4 minutes midway through the second half from Tommy Hutchings and Daniel Ajakaiye sealed the win for `Leafe.

Faversham Town were 1-0 home winners over Kent rivals Sittingbourne, courtesy of a goal from Matt Bourne on the half-hour mark, while ten-man Molesey lost 2-1 at home to Corinthian-Casuals.

Josh Uzun gave Casuals an early 2nd minute lead and Jerson Dos Santos doubled that in the 38th minute.

Manny Quashie reduced the deficit 6 minutes after the break, but Molesey`s chances of making a comeback diminished with the dismissal of defender Ashby Charles 16 minute from time.

Hythe Town`s Sid Sollis bagged a brace in the 53rd and 56th minutes to eventually sink hosts VCD Athletic.

Steve Carvell pulled one back for the home side after 67 minutes, but they weren`t able to find an equaliser.

And it finished 2-2 between South Park and Phoenix Sports, who found themselves 2-0 down inside 9 minutes to a Jack Mazzone brace.

Kevin Ogboe reduced the deficit in the 21st minute and Jack Barham equalised in the 64th minute.

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Former Swansea City and Kettering Town defender who has been managing the likes of Kettering Town u18s, Rothwell Town, Desborough Town and Wellingborough Town for 33 years as well as being technical director at AFC Rushden & Diamonds.

Began in non-League journalism as editor of Team Talk magazine back in the early 1990s and then as editor of Non-League Daily, joining Pitchero to set up Pitchero Non-League in January 2011. Also works for the National League.

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