The New Year’s first matchday brought a new leader in the National League South - as Maidstone United moved into pole position after beating Tonbridge Angels.
By Steven Oldham
Maidstone United move up to top spot
In-form Stones picked up a routine 2-0 win over struggling Angels, with Dom Odusanya and Joan Luque on target. The Spaniard is into double figures in the league this season.
It’s six in a row now for Maidstone, who have scored 15 goals in that time and let in only 3.
Experienced midfielder Doug Loft was sent off late on for Tonbridge, but Maidstone’s first half goals ensured the game was near enough won by that point.
Tonbridge haven’t recorded a league win since October and need to be wary with the other teams at the bottom beginning to pick up points.
Oxford City held by Slough Town
Former leaders Oxford City were held to a 2-2 draw at Slough Town. The festive double header between the two sides has certainly provided entertainment with nine goals scored.
City had to come from behind to take a point, having led the game at the break.
Elliott Benyon had given David Oldfield’s side the halftime lead, but Josh Jackman equalised for Slough within the first ten minutes of the second half.
Matt Lench then put Slough in front for the first time, with his goal coming with 17 minutes left on the clock. George Harmon’s leveller four minutes later ensured his side didn’t leave empty handed.
Ebbsfleet United edge Kent derby
Ebbsfleet have leapfrogged Oxford into second place with a late 1-0 victory over Dartford.
The game looked to be heading to a goalless draw - exactly one year after the last match between the sides ended without a goal - before Ben Chapman’s winner five minutes from time.
It’s a critical win for Ebbsfleet, who are regaining form after a mini slump before Christmas. They’ve taken 10 points from the last available 12.
Long time league leaders Dartford are now down to fifth and are without a win in three.
Dorking do the double over Hawks
There was no repeat of the 8-0 Boxing Day thrashing, but Dorking Wanderers beat Havant & Waterlooville again by a 3-1 margin.
Marc White’s side are up to fourth after picking up a fourth successive win. Nicky Wheeler, Jason Prior and Niall McManus were on the scoresheet. Tommy Wright was on target for Paul Doswell’s team.
Billy Clifford’s red card for a second bookable offence after just 26 minutes did little to help Havant’s cause.
Doswell’s side have lost form recently and have only won once in their last six games.
All the other NLS action
Hemel Hempstead Town picked up a first win in four games with an impressive 3-1 win at St Albans City.
Cole Kpekawa, Charlee Hughes and Alfie Williams were all on target for The Tudors. NLS’ top scorer Shaun Jeffers added his 17th league goal of the season in consolation.
Welling United surprised Dulwich Hamlet by taking a 1-0 win. Dipo Akinyemi’s second half goal ended a run of four straight defeats for Peter Taylor’s side.
Bath City were 2-0 winners over Chippenham Town to do the double after a 4-1 win in the reverse fixture. Alex Fletcher and a Will Richards own goal gave The Romans victory.
Bottom club Billericay Town edged a point closer to safety with a goalless draw at Concord Rangers. Jody Brown’s side have now kept three clean sheets in four games.
Braintree Town vs Chelmsford City was postponed.