Published 26th April 2011
Ironically, perhaps, they include Canvey Island who had two men sent-off as they crashed 4-0 at home to island rivals Concord Rangers. Yet, because of other results, Concord dropped out of the race. So, too, did Cray Wanderers and Billericay Town.
Tonbridge Angels reclaimed second place with a 2-0 home victory over Hastings United. Danny Walder scored 15 minutes after the start, Sam Jones 15 minutes before the end.
Bury Town, who slipped out of the top five on Saturday, bounced back to third, thanks to a Chris Henderson goal, also 15 minutes from time, which provided the only score in their Suffolk derby at Lowestoft Town in front of a crowd of 1,246.
Earlier Bury conceded a penalty on the stroke of half-time, but Marcus Garnham pulled off a good save to keep out Matt Nolan`s effort.
The fixture could be repeated in the play-offs for Lowestoft are fourth, a point behind the Angels and Bury and ahead of Harrow Borough on goal difference.
An 8th minute goal by Wealdstone’s Lee Chappell threatened to put a real dent in Harrow’s challenge, but Rocky Baptiste reduced the damage by netting his twentieth league goal from the spot 3 minutes after half-time and it finished 1-1.
Kingstonian in sixth place, are a further point behind after beating Tooting & Mitcham United 4-2.
Paul Vines put them ahead after 3 minutes and Bobby Traynor contributed his second penalty of the weekend before Billy Crook opened Tooting’s account.
Tom Hutchinson restored the two-goal margin early in the second half, Geoff Pitcher closed the gap again with a penalty and Vines had the last word.
K’s are in turn a point ahead of Canvey, who fell behind after 13 minutes as Tony Stokes netted for Concord.
Steve King added another and Canvey had Jason Hallett sent-off before half-time. Stokes made it 3-0 with 15 minutes left, Jay Curran collected Canvey’s second red card shortly afterwards and Michael Begg completed the scoring against nine men.
Cray’s outside chance of post-season action vanished despite their 2-0 home win over Margate. Leigh Bremner scored on the hour and struck again in added time.
And Billericay’s 1-1 draw at Hendon was not enough to keep them in the hunt, although as it turned out a win would have made no difference.
Adam Flanagan’s penalty gave the Essex men an 11th minute lead and Jamie Busby levelled it 12 minutes later.
At the other end of the table, with Croydon Athletic and Folkestone Invicta already down, Aveley made it a doomed trio as they crashed 4-1 at home to AFC Hornchurch.
All Urchins’ goals came in a 19-minute spell starting just before half-time when Lewis Smith broke the deadlock. Jonathan Hunt, Martin Tuohy, with his twentieth of the season in all competitions, and Smith stretched the lead and Sherwin Stanley’s last minute reply was slim consolation indeed.
In theory Aveley could still get off the hook, but they would need to win by eight clear goals at Hastings on Saturday while Maidstone United achieve no more than a draw at Hornchurch.
Maidstone, though, have a real chance of escaping after moving to within a point of Hastings. It was their final league game as tenants of Ashford before they go back to Sittingbourne next season and they marked it by beating Folkestone 2-0.
The bottom club held out until the 67th minute, when Colin Richmond converted a penalty. Alex Flisher got the second 3 minutes later.
Horsham are safe after a 4-2 victory at Croydon. Twice behind in the first half, when Tommy Whitnell and Stefan Rasmussen scored either side of Jamie Cade’s effort for the Hornets, they rallied after the break. Kevin Sefaah’s own goal made it 2-2, Tom Graves put Horsham ahead and Cade grabbed his second with 16 minutes left.
Champions Sutton United attracted the biggest crowd of the day, 1,367 watching their derby with Carshalton Athletic which provided the division’s fourth 2-0 home win.
Fola Orilonishe scored 6 minutes before the break and Bradley Woods-Garness nabbed the second with 20 minutes left.
They were presented with the trophy after the game and the champagne soon flowed.