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Late `Leafe Winner Sees Them Top The Table

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There are somewhat surprise leaders at the top of the Bostik League South table on Saturday after Whyteleafe`s 2-1 win at Church Road against East Grinstead Town.

But `Leafe left it late as Daniel Ajakaiye`s winning goal – his second after his 37th minute opener – came in stoppage time at the end of the game after Connor Gales had equalised 20 minutes from time.

Lewes are second on goal difference after winning by the same scoreline at Walton Casuals` new Elmbridge Xcel Sports Hub to maintain their unbeaten start.

But the Rooks had to come back from conceding an early first-minute Luke Holness goal to win, courtesy of a Jamie Brotherton brace in the 36th and 45th minutes – the second from the penalty spot.

Carshalton Athletic are the only other side yet to be beaten this season, and came close to winning a fifth game in six before visiting Phoenix Sports battled back to salvage a stoppage time point, thanks to Kweku Ansah.

Earlier, Kalvin Morath-Gibbs had given Carshalton a 12th minute lead that Ashley Probets levelled after 16 minutes.

Josh Phillips then looked to have won it for the Robins with a 64th minute second until Ansah pounced.

Shoreham won their first league game since winning promotion from the Southern Combination League, overcoming ten-man Greenwich Borough 1-0 at the Taxi-Link Community Ground.

Boro had Bradley Pritchard sent-off in the 71st minute and the Mussels won it with a Dan Simmonds penalty 9 minutes later.

Early leaders South Park were pegged back 2-2 at home by Hythe Town.

However, it looked bleak for the Surrey side as the Cannons led through Dean Grant after 35 minutes and Jerson Dos Santos 3 minutes after the break.

Joe Jackson began the comeback 20 minutes from time and Chris Smith equalised 3 minutes from the end.

Faversham Town had the experienced Carl Rook dismissed with 4 minutes remaining at the Shepherd Neame Stadium against Corinthian-Casuals, who had led through Dan Cunningham`s goal right on half-time.

Ramsgate were hammered 7-0 in the Emirates FA Cup last weekend by Vanarama National League South side Chelmsford City, so did well to recover to beat Thamesmead Town 3-1 today.

Tom Chapman gave the Rams a good start with the opening goal in the 9th minute, and he added a second 9 minutes after that.

Alfie Paxman stretched the visitors` advantage to three in the 32nd minute, with all Mead could muster being Tashi-Jay Kwayie`s goal 4 minutes after the break.

Michael Power netted a hat-trick as Cray Wanderers won 3-1 at Hayes Lane against Herne Bay.

Power netted in the 5th, 34th from the spot and 55th minutes, with Jake Embery scoring a last-gasp reply.

Chipstead earned a good win by the same scoreline at VCD Athletic, who never really recovered from conceding a 2nd minute Sam Bell goal.

Tobi Adaje doubled the Chips lead 16 minutes later and although Steve Carbelli replied on 39 minutes, a goal from Leon Lalor-Dell 3 minutes into the second half sealed the visitors` win.

A seven-goal thriller at Walton Road saw Molesey outgun Hastings United.

Olu Akinsanya gave the Moles a 22nd minute lead that Antonio Simeone doubled from the spot 7 minutes later.

John Akoto pulled one back for Hastings 5 minutes before the break, only for Ross Chalke to make it 3-1 just 7 minutes after the interval.

Dean Bown on 75 minutes and Kenny Pogue 5 minutes later dragged United back on level terms, only for Chalke to win it for the home side a minute later.

Ashford United`s recovery continues as the newcomers beat Guernsey FC 3-0 at the Homelands with goals from Tyrell Richardson-Brown after 48 minutes, Matty Day a minute later and then sub George Humber 10 minutes from time.

And the goals continued to flow in the day`s other game at Culver Road between Horsham and Sittingbourne.

Ben Gorham and Mo Dawodu had Bourne 2-0 up at the break and Kane Rowland made it 3-0 in the 57th minute.

Ron O`Toole pulled one back for the Hornets 5 minutes later but late goals from Kane Philip and Miles Cornwell took the visitors away to a 5-1 win.

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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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