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Relegated Hampton & Richmond Borough have made an impressive start to their bid to regain Blue Square Bet…

….South status at the first attempt.

They have scored only five goals in four games but, coupled with an unblemished defensive record, they have been worth ten points and, now, first place in the table.

They moved to the head of affairs on Bank Holiday Monday with a 1-0 home victory over fellow relegated outfit, Thurrock. Charlie Moone got the decisive goal 7 minutes before the break.

Lowestoft Town forfeited their 100 per cent record at Margate, where they led at half-time but were beaten 2-1.

Jack Defty’s 41st-minute goal was wiped out by Tommy Whitnell on the hour-mark and Sam Long hit the winner 5 minutes later.

Kingstonian are up to third after netting three unanswered goals at Concord Rangers.

They took command with two goals in as many minutes either side of the half-hour mark from Andre McCollin and Matt Pattison, with McCollin striking again in the 64th minute.

Tom Bullard became the first player to score against Canvey Island this season and his 34th minute goal was enough to give Bury Town a 1-0 home victory which lifted them to fourth spot.

Wingate & Finchley collected their first points of the season, also with a 1-0 home win. Carshalton Athletic were the victims thanks to Leon Smith’s strike on the hour.

The fourth such result in the division came at Lewes, who recorded their first victory at the expense of Wealdstone. A Karl Beckford penalty 9 minutes from time settled the issue.

Hastings United were yet another team to come out on top with a lone goal, in their case away from home at Harrow Borough. Brad Goldberg was the marksman soon after the interval.

Enfield Town defender Mark Kirby continued his goalscoring form with a 14th minute opener at Metropolitan Police.

Ty Smith equalised on 23 minutes and Howard Newton put the Met ahead 5 minutes before half-time, only for Neil Johnston to reply immediately. Four goals in the first half, none in the second, and it finished 2-2.

Cray Wanderers took a 3rd minute lead through Mark Willy at East Thurrock United, who made it 1-1 through Reiss Gilbey in the 55th minute.

It was the same scoreline at Leiston, who are still seeking their maiden Premier victory. Danny Thrower’s goal in the 69th minute threatened to break that duck, but Steve Harper replied with 9 minutes left.

There were no goals at Whitehawk – a result which leaves visitors Hendon propping up the table.

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