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Velocity Trophy Round-Up…..

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This week has seen the first round of the Velocity Trophy take place for teams in the Bostik League.

Monday saw Premier Division Dorking Wanderers progress 3-1 at South neighbours Carshalton Athletic and Greenwich Borough win the all-South tie at Ashford United.

Dorking came back from being a 54th minute Raheem Sterling-Parker penalty down to win, thanks to Tom Tolfrey on 68 minutes, Dan Pearse 2 minutes later and Matt Briggs in the 78th minute.

Connor Hunte gave Greenwich a 74th minute breakthrough at Homelands, with Sam Corne quickly adding another 4 minutes later.

Tuesday was a busy night with sixteen ties scheduled, with the game at VCD Athletic being postponed.

Five ties went to penalties to decide the outcome.

Premier Division rivals Tooting & Mitcham United and Merstham shared a 1-1 draw in which Ryan Hall`s 51st minute opener for the Moatsiders was cancelled out by Elijah Simpson on 66 minutes.

But the visitors edged it 4-3 on penalties.

It was a similar tale at Wheatsheaf Park where two more Premier Division rivals, Staines Town and Dulwich Hamlet, met and drew 1-1 with Johnson Hippolyte`s 20th minute goal for the Swans being levelled 20 minutes from the end by Ashley Carew before Hamlet won 4-2 in the shoot-out.

North rivals Soham Town Rangers and Witham Town shared a goalless draw at Julius Martin Lane and Rangers edged it 9-8 on penalties.

There were two shoot-out `upsets`, with North side Bury Town winning 4-3 from 12 yards after a 1-1 draw at Premier Division Harlow Town, who had led through Reece Dobson`s goal 5 minutes before the break before a Charlie Dickens own goal a minute from the end of the game took the tie to spot-kicks.

And Bury`s league rivals Maldon & Tiptree also shared a 1-1 draw at the Wallace Binder Stadium with unbeaten Premier side Leiston, whose Sam Ford put them ahead after 21 minutes and Chris Millar levelled 19 minutes from time.

The Jammers went through 5-4 in the shoot-out.

South sides Chipstead, Shoreham and Walton Casuals and North outfit AFC Sudbury all knocked out Premier Division opponents on Tuesday.

Chipstead inflicted a 5-0 drubbing on visiting Leatherhead, with the hosts netting three times in 4 minutes midway through the first half from Keanu Williams and a Chris O`Flaherty brace.

A Dylan Cascoe double in the final 12 minutes made it a miserable night for the Tanners.

Shoreham haven`t managed a win in their seven league games since winning promotion from the Southern Combination League.

However, they made Velocity Trophy progress by hammering Premier neighbours Worthing 4-1 at Middle Road with Dan Simmonds bagging a brace and Nick Collyer and Ryan Mayes the others – all after Ben Pope had given the Rebels an 18th minute lead.

A Josh Kelly brace took Walton Casuals through against Premier side Kingstonian at their new Elmbridge Xcel Sports Hub.

Kelly opened the scoring from the spot after 37 minutes and then added a second in the 73rd minute, with all K`s could muster being a stoppage time Alex Fiddes effort.

And AFC Sudbury put their disappointing league start behind them following relegation to the North by hammering one of the teams who swapped places with them at the end of last season, Brightlingsea Regent, 5-1 at the Wardale Williams Stadium.

It was 2-0 at the break, courtesy of Adam Mills and Joe Claridge, with Mills and then Ollie Dunlop stretching that lead to 4-0 by the 63rd minute.

George Doyle pulled one back for Regent before Mills completed his hat-trick from the spot to make it a nap hand for the home side.

Elsewhere on Tuesday, Sudbury`s high-flying rivals AFC Hornchurch also hit five at home against fellow North side Aveley with George Purcell bagging a brace and Martin Tuohy, Matt Fanimo and Theo Fairweather-Johnson singles.

Premier side Margate held off South visitors East Grinstead Town to go through 2-1 with Frannie Collin`s penalty and a Harry Stannard effort, while Hythe Town were another to go nap – away at South rivals Faversham Town in which Ryan Johnson, Charlie Webster, Jerson Dos Santos, Jerry Aboagye and Mitch Chapman were all on target – and after Faversham had led through Luke Griffiths at the break.

Kieran Bishop and Adeyinka Cole from the spot earned Grays Athletic a 2-0 away win at North rivals Bowers & Pitsea, but they had Bishop sent-off 15 minutes from time.

Another all-North tie saw Cheshunt progress 2-0 at Theobalds Lane against Waltham Abbey with second half goals from Kyle Roberts and Johnny Ashman, while Corinthian-Casuals won 2-1 on the Church Road 3G against South rivals Whyteleafe, with Ben Cheklit and Danny Cunningham sandwiching Nkori-Venceslas Bola`s 49th minute goal for `Leafe.

Wednesday`s tie between North rivals Romford and Tilbury also went to penalties.

Aaron Waters` 12th minute opener for the Dockers was eventually cancelled out by Boro`s Greg Akpele 18 minutes from time.

And the home side maintained that momentum going into spot-kicks, running out 5-4 winners.

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