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Thirteen Unbeaten for Maidenhead

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It`s lucky thirteen for Maidenhead United as they impressively won 3-2 at the Beveree against third-placed Hampton & Richmond Borough to move seven points clear at the top of the Vanarama National League South table on Saturday.

Hampton battled well, but although the scoreline looks close, they were beaten by a better side on the day and were let down let down by some defensive fragility.

Harry Pritchard gave the Magpies an early 8th minute lead that Jamal Lowe cancelled out 6 minutes later.

Just 2 minutes later, Dean Inman restored the visitors lead – a lead they held until the break.

Ryan Upward headed home number three for Alan Devonshire`s side on the hour-mark, and although Lowe scored his second 11 minutes from time to reduce the deficit to just one, Maidenhead`s lead was never really under threat.

The win made it thirteen games unbeaten in the league for the Magpies.

Jordan Parkes` injury-time penalty prevented second-placed Chelmsford City from securing all three points against Hemel Hempstead Town at Melbourne Park, having come from 3-0 down.

The visitors took an early 3rd minute lead when Matt Saunders volleyed in James Kaloczi’s cross and Saunders then doubled Hemel’s lead with a superb free-kick from 35 yards on the 20-minute mark.

James Potton looked to have wrapped up the win 5 minutes into the second half with a delightful lob over Ross Fitzsimons before Chelmsford rattled off four goals in 15 minutes to turn the game on its head.

The introduction of Shaun Jeffers saw the striker tap in a Bagasan Graham cross after 63 minutes before scoring again from the penalty spot 4 minutes later after Aaron Hayden had handled in the area.

Then two goals in the space of a minute completed the turnaround. City’s equaliser came from a Robbie Willmott cross that was bundled over the line by a Hemel defender before Shamir Mullings burst through to slot past Jamie Butler.

Chris Bush was shown a red card for over celebrating the goal in front of the Hemel bench, and in stoppage time Luke Daley brought down Sam Corcoran in the box, with Parkes levelling it up.

The draw maintains Chelmsford’s unbeaten run which extends to ten games.

The battle of the newcomers at Butlin Road saw Poole Town maintain fourth place with a 1-0 win against mid-table Hungerford Town.

The Dolphins finished as champions, ten points ahead of play-off winners Hungerford in the Evo-Stik League Southern Premier Division last season.

This game looked like heading for a goalless draw, until Marvin Brooks popped up with Poole`s winner in the 2nd minute of time added on at the end of the game.

Bishop`s Stortford have made numerous new signings this week in an effort to move off the bottom end of the table.

However, Saturday`s Hertfordshire derby hammering at the ProKit UK Stadium by neighbours St Albans City shoved the Blues to the foot of the table.

Surprisingly, it was goalless at the break, but the Saints powered to a 4-0 lead before the Blues could respond.

Three goals in 4 minutes just after the hour-mark from Tom Bender, Sam Merson and Louie Theophanous gave the visitors command.

Theophanous added his second and the Saints` fourth in the 82nd minute.

Femi Akinwande reduced the deficit a minute from time, only for Junior Morais to make it a nap hand for Ian Allinson`s side in stoppage time.

East Thurrock United have done well after winning promotion but had to make do with a point from a 1-1 Rookery Hill draw with fellow top ten side Ebbsfleet United.

Fleet made it five games unbeaten in the league, taking an early 6th minute lead through Stuart Lewis.

Kane Ferdinand equalised in the 21st minute and that`s how the game ended, despite both sides having chances to win it.

A late goal from Dartford winger Luke Wanadio was enough to win at Twerton Park against Bath City.

Both sides created their fair share of chances but neither were able to provide a finish top until Wanadio bent in the winner 8 minutes from time.

Wealdstone moved up to ninth after winning 3-1 at Privett Park against Gosport Borough.

The side went in at half-time with the scoreline at 1-1, thanks to a goal from Brett Poate right on the whistle after Matty Whichelow had given the visitors a 14th minute lead.

But Gosport conceded two goals in the 46th and 88th minutes to Elliott Benyon.

Whitehawk increased the pressure on a now second-bottom Welling United after winning 2-1 at Park View Road.

Ahmed Abdulla gave the Hawks a 20th minute lead through a penalty scored at the second attempt after Danny Mills had been fouled in the box.

Adam Coombes headed the Wings back on level terms just 2 minutes later.

But top scorer Mills grabbed the winner for the visitors with just 6 minutes remaining.

Concord Rangers moved off the bottom after a stunning 5-1 win at Hartsdown Park against Margate.

Steve Cawley struck three times in the 34th, 48th and 67th minutes plus goals from Jordan Chiedoziem who opened the scoring after 13 minutes and Audrius Laucys on 62 mkinutes helped Concord to a comprehensive result, with both sides reduced to ten-men.

Margate`s Luke Moore was shown a straight red card for an alleged elbow shortly after Chiedozie`s opener and Joao Carlos made it ten-a-side, as he crashed into former Beachboy Alex Osborn and was dismissed on 57 minutes.

Truro City came from behind to share a 2-2 Treyew Road draw with Eastbourne Borough.

Mark Hughes gave Boro a 12th minute lead they held until just before the hour-mark when Louis Rooney equalised.

Niall Thompson then put the White Tigers in front 7 minutes later, but Boro earned a share of the points with an 84th minute leveller from Kieron Khinda-John.

The game at Marsh Farm between fifth-bottom Oxford City and fourth-bottom Weston-super-Mare ended goalless.


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