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National League South pole sitters Dorking Wanderers led the way as all five of the division’s top teams picked up three points. 

By Steven Oldham

Wanderers thrash bottom club Billericay 

Marc White’s Wanderers side picked up a ninth straight win after thrashing bottom club Billericay Town 5-0.

James McShane hit a brace, with Alfie Rutherford, Harry Ottaway and Matt Briggs all also on the scoresheet. 

The result brings Billericay back down to earth with a bump, having gone six games unbeaten previously. 

Maidstone recover from early setback 

Maidstone United continue to keep Dorking honest at the top and remain within three points after a 5-1 win at Concord Rangers.

The home side had taken the lead through Mamadou Jobe, but Juan Luque’s equalising penalty left the teams equal at half-time. 

Stones’ second half performance wrapped up another victory with Roarie Deacon taking a late brace after goals from Christie Pattison and Joe Elull.

Hakan Hayrettin’s side are now unbeaten in eleven games, while Concord have no win in six.

NLS top five complete clean sweep 

Oxford City, Ebbsfleet United and Dartford maintained their positions in the top five with all three sides taking the victory.

City came from behind to beat Havant & Waterlooville 3-1, while Ebbsfleet picked up a 1-0 win over Hampton & Richmond Borough.

Oxford left it very late and were still trailing thanks to Billy Clifford’s first half goal with six minutes left to play.

Quickfire goals from Joe Iaciofano, George Harmon and Josh Ashby turned the game around.

Will Wood scored the only goal as Ebbsfleet recovered from heavy defeats in their past couple of games - and with a clean sheet to boot. 

Dartford picked up a first win in seven attempts with a 3-2 win at Tonbridge Angels, with Jack Jebb scoring the decisive goal after 86 minutes. 

 

 

Hungerford leapfrog Hamlet into playoffs 

Hungerford Town moved back into the top seven with a 3-1 win over playoff rivals Dulwich Hamlet.

Matt Berry-Hargreaves’ fourth minute opener set the tone for the afternoon, with Ronnie Vint equalising shortly after half time. 

Parity lasted just two minutes before Ryan Seager restored the home side’s lead, with Jake Evans putting the game out of sight late on. 

Hamlet have dropped to eighth, with just one win in their last seven. 

All the other NLS action 

Ten man Eastbourne Borough survived a sending off and conceding a penalty on the way to a 1-0 victory over Hemel Hempstead Town.

Greg Luer received his marching orders in the first half, with keeper Lee Worgan saving the resultant penalty.  Joel Rollinson hit the winner for Danny Bloor’s side (pictured)

St Albans City returned to winning ways at the fourth attempt by beating Slough Town 1-0.

Johnny Goddard’s second half goal proved the difference.

Braintree Town picked up a point in their battle against relegation in a goalless draw at Bath City.

The game between Chelmsford City and Chippenham Town also finished without a goal. 


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