The Ryman Football League
Published 23rd September 2012
.....seven points from their next three and find themselves comfortably in the top half of the table.
They wasted no time in taking the lead at Walton Casuals on Saturday when Stuart Vahid netted from close range in the first minute, and went on to win 3-0 thanks to a pair of Nicky Southall free-kicks, the first in the 38th minute and the second in added time at the end of the game, following an offence for which Harry Wise was dismissed.
Crawley Down Gatwick were held to a 1-1 draw at Faversham Town but doubled their lead at the top of the table.
Dan Lawrence scored a fine individual goal to put the hosts in front after 34 minutes. Baff Addae levelled it 5 minutes after half-time but a red card for Gabriel Odunaike dented the Anvils’ search for a winner.
They remain on top because Walton & Hersham, who would have taken over with a victory, were beaten 2-1 at Herne Bay.
The damage was done in 4 minutes around the hour-mark, when James Turner put the hosts in front and Daniel Sintim’s own goal made it 2-0.
Phil Williams pulled one back on 72 minutes but Bay defended well to hang on to their lead and move up to fifth place.
Burgess Hill Town are up to fourth after coming from behind to beat visitors Sittingbourne 2-1.
Luke Girt struck for the Brickies after 5 minutes and they almost retained the lead until half-time. But Nicky Wheeler equalised right at the end of the half and, after missing plenty of chances, Hillians claimed victory through Ryan Thompson in the 80th minute.
Third-placed Folkestone Invicta remain in that position and will be disappointed not to have done better than a goalless home draw with bottom club Corinthian-Casuals.
The visitors actually had the best chance, but Joel Thompson miskicked with an empty net ahead of him.
Tooting & Mitcham United gained a welcome victory, and one that looked unlikely when they found themselves 2-0 down after 14 minutes at Three Bridges.
Marcus Elliott and Elliott Romain were the early marksmen, but Sol Pinnock’s 19th minute reply revived Tooting’s hopes. They drew level midway through the second half with a lob from Lee Hall and snatched a 3-2 win with a shot from Taurean Roberts in the 89th minute.
Worthing have had a disappointing start to the season but they struck form with a 3-0 win at Merstham triggered by Steve Metcalf’s spectacular overhead kick in the 17th minute.
Late goals from Tom Lawley and Matt Daniel clinched three welcome points.