THE Premier Division leadership changed hands again yesterday (Saturday) and it's Hornchurch who now top the table after a convincing 3-0 home win over Kingstonian. Although they have played two or three more games than their closest rivals, they will stay there until at least Tuesday week as action in the Alan Boon League Cup and FA Trophy takes centre stage for a while.
With none of the teams above them in action, Urchins knew that victory would lift them five places from sixth position and they dominated the game from the start.
As has often been the case in their home games, they struggled to turn superiority into goals and it was not until K’s were down to ten men that the breakthrough arrived.
Bashiru Alimi received his second yellow card on the hour and Martin Tuohy opened the scoring in the 66th minute (pictured above by Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo). Lewis Smith added another from Michael Spencer’s clever pass five minutes later and Tommy Black set up the third for Frankie Curley with ten minutes left.
Canvey, in eighth place, were the next-highest team involved in a league match and they saw off Tooting 2-0 at Park Lane. It failed to improve their position but they are only three points behind the new leaders. Danny Heale gave them an early lead and, after Jason Hallett had hit the Tooting bar and Wade Small had done the same at the other end, Jay Curran wrapped it up on 70 minutes.
Horsham were jubilant after their 2-2 draw with Met Police; it was their first home point of the season after six successive defeats. They had keeper Ken Westoby to thank for a late save from Staforde Palmer which prevented the Met completing their comeback from an early 2-0 deficit.
Hornets must have hoped for better after Craig Davies and Williams Peauroux struck in the first 17 minutes. Palmer pulled one back seven minutes after the interval and Orlando Jeffrey squared it in the 80th minute.
Carshalton also have only one home point to their credit and have scored just once in five outings at Colston Avenue. Harrow were the latest team to enjoy their visit, taking the points with a lone 24th-minute goal by Quincy Rowe.
Richard Jolly netted twice in three minutes shortly before half-time to set up Wealdstone’s 2-1 home win over Hastings, who replied through Zac Attwood in the 76th minute.
Aveley romped into an early 2-0 lead at Wingate. Spencer Harrison put them ahead in 15 minutes and Reece Morgan added other six minutes later, only for Leon Smith to produce an instant reply which made him the first Premier player to with ten league goals to his credit. The equaliser did not come until the 80th minute and was a bizarre own goal by Aveley keeper Dave Hogan, who caught a cross safely but then stepped back over the line.
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