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Top Three All Win In Evo-Stik South East

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The top three in the Evo-Stik League South East all won on Saturday, so it`s as you were, with AFC Rushden & Diamonds holding a two-point lead over AFC Dunstable and three over Beaconsfield Town.

Diamonds extended their unbeaten run in the league to thirteen games as they won 4-0 at Calthorpe Park against Fleet Town.

Diamonds took an early 6th minute lead when Ben Farrell curled home a 20-yard effort.

The visitors doubled their advantage 2 minutes before the break when the appropriately-named Ben Diamond headed home Luke Fairlamb’s cross.

And two goals in the space of 6 second half minutes around the hour-mark from Joel Gyasi and Fairlamb with a free-kick wrapped up a comfortable win for the visitors.

AFC Dunstable were 3-1 winners at tenth-placed Ashford Town (Middx), taking a 37th minute lead through BJ Christie.

But Max Herbert`s 64th minute equaliser looked like earning the Ash Trees a point, until Jermaine Hall popped up with a brace in the final 8 minutes to seal the away win.

Beaconsfield enjoyed a good best-of-five goal win against fellow top six contenders, Cambridge City.

Star of the show for the hosts was Aaron Minhas, who netted a hat-trick in the 51st, 81st and 86th minutes – Ryan Sharman on 56 minutes and James Hall on 76 minutes replying for City.

City dropped to fifth as Hayes & Yeading United moved above them following a 1-0 win at Thame United.

Ismael Ehui`s goal 5 minutes into the second half proved decisive.

Moneyfields cling on to sixth spot but were beaten 3-0 at lower mid-table Marlow.

The hosts led at the break, thanks to a 33rd minute Kelvin Bossman effort.

Kameron English added a second 20 minutes from time, with an 81st minute Junaid Bell goal killing the game off as a contest.

Hartley Wintney moved to within three points of Moneys with three games in hand after winning 4-1 at second-bottom Hanwell Town.

Hanwell led 1-0 through Harvey Killeen`s 16th minute effort and 2-1 with a second for Killeen on the half-hour mark after Rowan Vine had equalised a minute earlier.

But goals from Paul Hodges just before the break, Liam Eagle on 74 minutes and Jake Baxter 7 minutes from time sealed the Hampshire side`s win.

Chalfont St Peter are level on points with Hartley Wintney after recording a 2-0 win at Aylesbury FC.

The Moles fell behind to a 38th minute George Beattie goal and Mahlondo Martin added a second 19 minutes from the end.

And Kempston Rovers are just a point further back in ninth after an emphatic 4-1 win at Hillgrounds against mid-table Uxbridge.

Josh Crawley bagged a brace for the Walnut Boys in the 35th and 67th minutes, with Jake Newman sandwiching those on the hour-mark and Luke Heneghan adding the other on 88 minutes, just before a Kevin Warner consolation for the Reds.

A late goal secured three points for Bedford Town at the New Eyrie against Egham Town.

Bedford went in front via a James Peters header on 26 minutes.

Egham equalised in the 64th minute when Brendan Matthews scored from 5 yards out.

The home fans had to wait until the 86th minute to celebrate the winning goal when sub Jemale McKenzie-Lowe fired in a screamer from the edge of the box.

Arlesey Town are looking in deep trouble now after a 3-1 defeat at managerless Northwood left them ten points adrift at the bottom.

Harry Newman opened the Wood scoring after 27 minutes and then a Mesach Williams brace on 32 and 61 minutes sealed victory, despite Tashriq Andrews` reply.

Barton Rovers dropped to third-bottom again after losing 2-0 at Sharpenhoe Road to the team who were below them before kick-off and now above them, Aylesbury United.

Jack Wood just before the break and Sonny French 2 minutes from time were the Ducks on target.


About Author

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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