There were two league games this evening, in the early kick-off Bridon Ropes came from a goal down at
half-time to record a 5-1 victory over Lewisham Borough at Charlton Park Lane.
Two goals apiece from James Hawkins and Gary Phillimore, including a penalty, was added to by Brady Powell for the Ropes which will hopefully give them a boost as they embarked on a run of four games in eight days. Johans Banks had put Ray Simpson's side ahead with a 15th minute spot-kick.
The second game at Old Road saw the visitors Jason Sowle score in each half to earn Fleet Leisure a 2-0 win over Kent Football United.
The Pain & Glory Sports Kent Invicta League Challenge Trophy between Fleet Leisure and Sutton Athletic will take place on Saturday May 10 at Thamesmead Town FC - kick-off 3.00pm.
Kent Invicta League leaders Hollands & Blair remain eight points clear
after both they and Lydd Town won their games on Easter Monday. Dave Smith's
Lydders showed they weren't going to give up hope of catching the Gillingham-based side after coming from two goals down after just seven minutes to beat Bridon Ropes 3-2 at the Lindsey Field. Sam Fullilove and Darren Shelton put Daniel Frost's Ropes ahead before the home side
struck back to take the points thanks to goals from Craig Calvert, Carlin MacLeod and Mark Wallis.
At Star Meadow an inspired performance from goalkeeper Phil Hawkins kept an in-form Rusthall in the game but Blair eventually ran out 3-1 winners after James McDonald (2) and Steve Dampier found the net. Rustics skipper Alex Carey getting the visitors goal.
Bearsted held onto third place despite losing 1-0 to Sutton Athletic at Otham Sports Club, Chris McGinty grabbing the only goal of the game shortly after the interval.
Meridian VP came from 3-0 down to earn a point against Kent Football United at Old Road. The home side looked comfortable after goals from Dave Abe, Michael Odejobi and Elliott Blake with 34 minutes on the clock but a hat-trick from Josh Ovaks, which included an 85th minute equaliser, earned the visitors a point.
Finally Crockenhill, who have won just once this season, at home to Eltham Palace, took the lead lead in the return basement battle at Oxford Road through Reece Cullen but couldn't hang on as Danny McCarthy, Sodiq Ayinde and an own goal saw Lee Hill's team take the points.
Rusthall are now up into fifth place after coming from behind to win 4-1 against Eltham
Palace at Oxford Road. Ange Ramariavelo had put the home side ahead early on but the Rustics hit back to take the points as Alex Carey (2), Matt Parsons and Luke Rivers found the
N.B - A full set of Alan Coomes photos from this game are on the Gallery pages
Bearsted and Orpington remain in third and fourth place in the table respectively after the two sides drew 1-1 at Green Court Road. Bears leading scorer Peter Williams put the visitors in front in the 33rd minute but the home side equalised through Callum Comerford shortly before the hour mark.
Moving up to seventh are Fleet Leisure who followed up their 5-0 home cup win over Lewisham Borough in midweek by beating the same opponents 6-0 in the league away at the Ladywell Arena. Chris McDermott led the scoring with four which were added to by Joe Degnin and Colin Richmond.
Sutton Athletic are through to the Pain & Glory Sports Kent Invicta League Challenge Trophy Final after beating Bridon Ropes 4 – 0 in the second leg of their Semi-Final at the London Hire Stadium.
Already leading 2-1 from the first leg, James Collins team raced into a three goal lead before the 20 minute mark through Jack Howlett (2) and Tom Fitzgerald but didn’t complete the scoring until Chris McGinty added number in the 90th minute.
Leaders Hollands & Blair extended their lead at the top of the table to eight points with a 3-0 victory
over Meridian VP at Charlton Park Lane. Steve Dampier opened the scoring in a scrappy encounter in the 14th minute and Sam Welch
doubled the lead with a close range header with 26 minutes on the clock.Profligate finishing meant Blair didn't put the game to bed until deep into stoppage time when substitute Stuart West nodded
N.B - A full set of Alan Coomes photos from this game are on the Gallery page.
Meanwhile Seven Acre & Sidcup moved back up to seventh in the table following a 2-0 win against Crockenhill at Oxford Road. It took until the 82nd minute before Tom Hill broke the deadlock and two minutes later Richard Whyte added the second.
Hat Trick Heroes
Rob Denness (4), Blair 24/08
Jason Doe, Blair 24/08
Cliff Eldridge, Blair 24/08
Alex C-Chambers, Orpington 26/08
Alex C-Chambers, Orpington 31/08
Ashley Russell, Bearsted 07/09
Tristan Toney, Lewisham 21/09
Josh Froggart, Glebe 28/09
Nathan Faulkes (5), KFU 19/10
Julian Edwards (4), KFU 19/10
Dan Parish, SA&S 19/10
Chris McDermott, Fleet L, 02/11
Joshua Bonnet, Meridian 16/11
James McDonald (6) Blair 30/11
Rob Denness, Blair 30/11
Chris McDermott, Fleet L 14/12
Rob Denness, Blair 14/12
Glenn Brewer, Orpington 25/01
Jamie Williams (4), SA&S, 25/01
Dominic Weston, Meridian 15/02
Paul Burt (4), Lydd T 22/02
James McDonald, Blair 22/02
Chris McGinty (4) Sutton 08/03
Joshua Bonnett (5) Meridian 08/03
Ashley Russell (5) Bearsted 22/03
Julian Edwards (4) KFU 29/03
Luke Rivers, Rusthall 29/03
Joshua Bonnett, Meridian 05/04
James McDonald (4) Blair 12/04
Chris McDermott, Fleet L, 19/04
Josh Ovaks, Meridian 21/04