Southern Counties East League Review….

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With none of the top three were in action in the Southern Counties East League Premier Division, so there is no change at the top end.

Crowborough Athletic were involved in the FA Vase, while Sheppey United’s game with AFC Croydon Athletic was postponed because of a power failure at the Tiger Stadium and Ashford United were rested.

So, it was Sevenoaks Town, now in fourth place, who benefitted from the weekend beating the previous fourth place holders Hollands & Blair by an impressive 5-1.

Byron Walker scored the first Oaks goal after 24 minutes only for Gary Lockyer to level just 6 minutes later.

The scene was set for a thrilling showdown except that the pendulum swung very much in the Oaks’ favour from then on.

Billy Bennett restored the Oaks’ lead on the stroke of half-time then Harrison Carnegie made it 3-1 7 minutes into the second half.

Kieron McCann hit the Oaks fourth on 66 minutes and Yacine Gnahore finished off with number five 11 minutes from full time.

Three second half goals saw Cray Valley PM win comfortably at Bearsted and go into seventh place.

A Tom Youngs 57th minute penalty conversion got the show on the road then Denzel Gayle made it 0-2 in the 78th minute.

Nine minutes from time there was a crazy goalmouth scramble and the ball ended up in the net but the last toucher is not confirmed at the moment.

Still in eighth place, Whitstable Town recorded their fifth straight league win by a 3-0 margin at home to Erith & Belvedere.

Kane Rowland scored the only first half goal just after the half-hour mark, then brother Seb Rowland made it 2-0 just 12 minutes from time.

Tom Bryant scored the final goal 3 minutes before the final whistle.

Up two places to tenth is the reward for Canterbury City, who won by 4-0 at Beckenham Town.

Lawrence Harvey (15) and Gary Mickelborough each scored first half goals, while Rob Lawrence and Charlie Hallett each scored second half ones.

Rochester United drop a place to eleventh after sharing a 0-0 draw at home to bottom placed Fisher FC.

An honourable draw was the result at Martyn Grove when Lordswood and Deal town met.

The Lords scored through David Smith after just 3 first half minutes then Deal replied through Grant Bagley just after the hour.

And finally, Tunbridge Wells move up two places to sixteenth while Erith Town move down two places to seventeenth after the match between them at the Culverden Stadium ended in a 3-1 victory for the home side.

Josh Biddlecombe scored a brace in the closing 4 minutes of the first half then
Lee Friend pulled one back for the Dockers 7 minutes into the second half.

James Pinnock put the game beyond doubt with a last minute 3rd Wells goal.


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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