Southern Counties East League Round-Up

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Ashford United maintained their top spot in the Southern Counties East League Premier Division with a convincing 4-0 win at Croydon on Saturday.

Shaun Welford hit another hat-trick, one from the penalty spot, and Stuart West scored the other.

Crowborough Athletic had Zac Attwood’s 20th minute penalty conversion to thank for their three points at home to Beckenham Town but keep in touch none the less.

Sevenoaks Town had a 2-0 win at home to Fisher but for much of the game it was hard to believe that there were seventeen league table places between the sides.

Fisher fought for every ball and had the woodwork been a little thinner it might have been a different story.

In the end, Billy Bennett scored twice for the Oaks and the Fish are all but relegated.

The Oaks are now confirmed in third place and will record the club`s highest ever finish.

Cray Valley PM suffered a 1-0 reversal at Whitstable Town.

Ollie Lee scored the lone goal in the 52nd minute.

The Millers are now confirmed in fourth place but the Natives` fifth place could be usurped by Sheppey United as both sides are on 68 points.

The Islanders had Richard Atkins to thank for their 1-0 win at Corinthian.

AFC Croydon Athletic are currently in seventh place. They retrieved 2-2 draw from a 0-2 deficit at home to Deal Town.

An own goal gave Deal a 7th minute lead then Joe Reeves doubled their tally in the 51st minute.

Warren Mfula and Andy Walker managed to salvage the point which now sees them separated from Hollands & Blair by three points with equal goal difference and one game each to play.

Blair also finished 2-2 in their game at Tunbridge Wells. Chris Seenan opened for the Wells before Gary Lockyer levelled and James Mcdonald gave the visitors a 2-1 half-time lead. Josh Biddlecombe score the equaliser just before the hour-mark.

Canterbury City will stay ninth in the table come the end of the season. They met Lordswood in rear-guard action mode as the Lords ensured Premier Division football for next season with a 3-1 win.

Joe Halford put City on the road in the 3rd minute but a 22nd minute own goal halted their forward movement and the half finished 1-1.

Kyle McDowall and Sam Lovage each scored a second half goal to put the Lords on 33 points and safe.

Bearsted are currently in twelfth place. They had a field-day at home to Erith & Belvedere hitting them for seven with just a single in reply.

A hat-trick each from Constantine Scarlat and Sam Flisher and an own goal were answered by a lone Seb Schoburgh77th minute goal.

The Deres end in 19th place, just a point above the Fish and will go down unless there is no-one relegated down from the Ryman League in which case it is between those 2 as to who takes the drop.

And finally, Erith Town are safe for Premier Division football next season after they beat Rochester United 2-0 at Rede Court.

Ola Giwa and Nathan Palmer scored the goals.

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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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