The Ryman Football League
Published 22nd August 2012
...Premier Division debut season with a 2-1 home victory over Wingate & Finchley on Tuesday night.
Kirby, who scored the equaliser to set up Town’s victory at Lewes last Saturday, went one better on Tuesday. He opened the scoring after 3 minutes and struck again with a dramatic winner 3 minutes into injury-time.
Wingate had the better of the game for long periods but they had only a Jon Docker penalty to show for it, although Kieron Street hit a post.
Three other teams have maximum points after two games, headed by Lowestoft Town, who trounced visiting Concord Rangers 4-1.
Dale Cockerill put them ahead after 7 minutes and Scott Mitchell added another shortly before the break.
Chris Henderson nabbed the third on 53 minutes, with Jason Hallett replying a few minutes later for the Beachboys. Michael Frew wrapped it up with 5 minutes left.
Relegated Hampton & Richmond Borough are second after their 3-0 success at Hendon.
It was goalless for an hour before the visitors took the lead through Malvin Kamara. Joey Benjamin and, in added time, Charlie Moone finished the job.
Canvey Island are the other 100 per centers. Danny Heale gave them an early lead against promoted Leiston and they continued to dominate.
Rob King and Rickie Hayles both headed against the bar before King’s penalty made it 2-0 at half-time, and at the end.
Wingate, Concord and Hendon are all pointless thus far, but it’s relegated Thurrock who are at the foot of the table after their 3-0 home defeat by Bury Town.
Tom Bullard and Billy Clark netted in the first half, and Allicion Blake’s injury-time goal made it Thurrock’s second defeat by a three-goal margin.
Promoted Whitehawk broke their Premier duck with two goals in the last 2 minutes to snatch a 2-1 victory at Cray Wanderers.
The hosts had Mark Willy sent-off for a 71st minute foul on Scott McGleish but went ahead 8 minutes later with a Kevin Bremner penalty - his 100th goal for the club.
There’s nothing like a bit of experience, though. Headers by Matt Lawrence and McGleish, who can boast 1,244 Football League games between them, turned it round in the dying moments – and there was still time for Cray to hit the woodwork.
The most action-packed game of the night was at Carshalton Athletic, where a double by Anthony Thomas helped Lewes to a 3-3 draw.
Steve Brinkhurst’s 16th minute opener for the visitors was swiftly answered by Justyn Roberts with Lewes claiming that he had handled.
Thomas put the Rooks in front again 6 minutes before half-time but the Robins replied again in this battle of the birds as Ola Sogbanmu struck with a header in the last minute of the half.
They went ahead for the first time with a lob from Lewis Taylor in the 57th minute and both sides hit the woodwork before Thomas earned Lewes a point 10 minutes later.
It was all square, too, at Hastings United where two late goals earned Margate a 2-2 draw.
Zac Attwood struck early for the hosts, who found themselves under intense pressure later in the half but doubled their lead with a fierce effort from Bradley Goldberg within 2 minutes of the restart.
Margate’s hopes revived when Tom Vickers brought down Ryan Dolby, allowing Dan Stubbs to score from the spot with 12 minutes to go. Carl Rook levelled it from an 84th minute corner.
Two other games finished in draws. It was 0-0 at Bognor Regis Town, where Metropolitan Police were the visitors, while Richard Jolly’s 42nd minute strike was not enough for Wealdstone in their home game with East Thurrock United, who made it 1-1 through Kris Newby midway through the second half.