The South Central Division has, indeed like each of our Divisions, a runaway leader and a battle for everything else. Those runaway leaders, Hayes & Yeading United, started the day fourteen points clear at the top, but looked to have a tough match today, visitors Marlow being the last side to defeat them in the league, back in November. Marlow struck again, Kameron English giving them a half time lead, and the same player made it 0-2 with sixty one minutes on the clock to record a famous double.
Second place Bracknell Town have been in magnificent form of late, and it took only seventeen minutes for Liam Ferdinand to put them ahead at Hanwell Town. They didn’t run away with the match as they have many times this season, the Geordies digging in and drawing level in the second half through Jeremiah Maja, and then going ahead through Louis Bircham to record a magnificent victory.
Fourth place Cheshunt were another side quick off the mark, Jason Hallett taking only seven minutes to open the scoring at Chipstead- and that was the only goal of the game and saw the Ambers remain fourth.
Fifth place Westfield travelled to sixth place Tooting and Mitcham United, and opened the scoring late on through Aaron Watson from the spot- but Danny Bassett found a last gasp equaliser to ensure that each side got a point. Westfield have a six point gap over Tooting- and now Ware, who climb to sixth.
Ashford Town against Ware looked like it would be a hard-fought encounter, but it took only three minutes for the visitors to go ahead through Albert Adu, and Dave Cowley doubled that lead from the spot just before the break. Leigh Rose effectively ended the contest seven minutes into the second half, although Gurkan Gokmen did get a consolation for the Tangerines just before the end. Ashford are tenth.
Supporters at Chalfont St Peter saw sixty four minutes without a goal, but had two to celebrate by sixty six, Ryan Debattista giving Saints the lead only for Rob Clarke to equalise almost immediately for visitors Waltham Abbey. The lead was restored in the seventy-fourth minute through Michael Kalu, but there was another twist, an own goal seeing the Abbotts equalise. The parity lasted one minute, Kalu getting his second, and Adam Morris surely made it comfortable when he scored from the spot four minutes from time- but there was still time for Abbey to pull another back through Rimmell Daniel. It wasn’t enough, and the Saints marched in 4-3.
Bottom side Egham Town started the day eleven points adrift of second bottom Molesey and twelve adrift of safety, but they took the lead early on against Uxbridge at Runneymede, Joseph Morrison with the goal after fifteen minutes. They couldn’t hold onto that lead until the break, however, Luke Maguire equalising, and in the second half Matthew Woods put the away side ahead. The Sarnies didn’t curl up, however, Alexandre Miranda Amorim getting the next equaliser with thirteen minutes remaining, but the gap between them and safety is still eleven points.
The Moles travelled to FC Romania six points behind their hosts with two matches in hand, but it was the Wolves who found their teeth, Bogdan Ungureanu finding the net twice midway through the second half to give them a nine point cushion.
Hertford Town have been in freefall, and their day started rather badly and then got worse. Conrad Kweku Lucan put visitors Northwood ahead in only the fifth minute, and eight minutes later Alex Witham made it two. Marcus Campbell reduced the arrears ten minutes after the break, but Zaied Sabti made it three-one and had surely won the game for Woods. But no! in the last five minutes Dara Dada and Campbell once more struck to level- surely that would earn them a valuable point? It didn’t. There was still time for Carl Pearce to make it 4-3 to Northwood.
Third bottom South Park didn’t have much Luckins at Bedfont Sports, Perry putting the hosts ahead just after the quarter hour, and it was two midway through the second half when Charlie Postance also found the net. Any hope was finally extinguished right at the death, when Simo Mbonkwi scored two to make it 4-0.
Updated 22:54 - 13 Mar 2019 by Chris Pinn