Kent Invicta League table-toppers Hollands & Blair are at home with in-form Rusthall visiting Star Meadow. On Friday Blair won 3-0 at Meridian VP while the following day Alex Carey (2), Matt Parsons and Luke Rivers were on target in the
Rustics win at Eltham. The sides first met at Jockey Farm back in September when Blair won 5-1 thanks to goals from Steve Dampler, Louis Valencia, Ashley Doe, Nick Smith and Cliff Eldridge, Rusthall
grabbing a late consolation through Charlie Sharman.
Lydd Town, who are currently eight points behind leaders Blair, play their first game of the Easter break when Bridon Ropes visit the Lindsey Field. When the two teams met up in SE7 back in December it was Dean Frost’s Ropes that won 1-0. Bridon failed to reach the KIL Challenge Trophy Final on Saturday having been beaten at Sutton Athletic in the semi-final second leg and on aggregate.
Bearsted, who drew 1-1 against Orpington on Saturday to remain third in the table, entertain Sutton Athletic at Otham Sports Club. When the teams met at the London Hire Stadium back in September they couldn’t be separated and the game finished goalless.
Having lost 3-0 at home to leaders Blair on Friday, Meridian VP travel to face Kent Football United at Old Road. Strangely enough the first meeting between these two took place on the Bank Holiday Monday back in August when KFU won 5-1 at Charlton Park Lane when following an own goal, Nathan Faulkes, George King, Julian Edwards and Justin Colin all netted with Charles Hopwood registering VP’s reply.
Finally there is a basement battle as Eltham Palace play at home for the second time in three days when they host Crockenhill at Oxford Road. On Saturday Palace took the lead through Ange Ramariavelo but then saw Rusthall hit back to comfortably win 4 – 1. It was when the two sides at the bottom end of the Kent Invicta League table met at Wested Meadow back in March that the Crocks finally ended their pointless start to the season as Ryan Cullen, Reece Cullen and Ron Jeffrey netted in a 3-0 win.
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
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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.
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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