NLS 11/12

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Oxford City are the new side on top of the National League South after Dartford suffered a heavy defeat at Maidstone United.

By Steven Oldham

Oxford City go top with hard-earned point 

City were held to a 1-1 draw by Chippenham Town at Marsh Lane, but that point was enough to move David Oldfield’s side top.

Harvey Bradbury’s first half goal had put the home side ahead, before Alefe Santos’s second half equaliser earned Chippenham a point.

Today’s result extends Oxford’s unbeaten run to eleven games.

Barham hits hat-trick as Stones thrash Dartford 

Maidstone United picked up a stunning 4-0 victory over Dartford, with Jack Barham netting a hat-trick. 

The Darts - who had been top of the table since August - relinquished top spot and trail Oxford on goal difference.

Hakan Hayrettin’s side scored twice in both halves, with Michael Phillips capping the victory with the final goal five minutes from time. 

It’s a third win on the bounce for Maidstone, with Dartford’s own four game unbeaten run coming to an abrupt end. 

Hamlet held by Tonbridge 

Dulwich Hamlet had to come from behind twice to secure a point at Tonbridge Angels.

Joe Turner’s penalty gave Tonbridge the half-time lead, but Jordan Green got his team back into the game with 20 minutes to play.

Aaron Smith-Joseph restored the lead for the home side, but Gavin Rose’s side pegged Angels back once more through Jordan Higgs. 

Dulwich remain in touch at the top, while Tonbridge have no win in eight games, but have drawn three of the last four.



St Albans bounce back from FA Cup exit 

Ian Allinson’s St Albans City side responded to their FA Cup exit in the best way by picking up a 3-0 win over Hampton & Richmond Borough.

Liam Sole gave the home side the lead before the break, and late goals from Johnny Goddard and Mitchell Weiss added gloss to the scoreline. 

It’s an important win for St Albans, who had no win in four games in all competitions coming into this game.  This run included a 4-0 loss against nearby rivals Boreham Wood in the FA Cup last Monday.   Hampton record consecutive defeats for the first time since August. 

Best of the rest 

Both teams had a man sent off as Hemel Hempstead Town and Slough Town played out a 2-2 draw.  

Slough ‘keeper Jonathan North was sent off on the hour for handling the ball outside the box, with midfielder Matt Lench having to don the gloves for the remainder of the game. 

Samir Carruthers also received his marching orders in the closing minutes for a challenge on Aaron Kuhl.

Jake McCarthy’s last minute winner wrapped up all three points for Havant & Waterlooville at Eastbourne Borough. Jaden Perez’s long-range strike had put the home side ahead. Jake Andrews’ equalised for Havant 

Ebbsfleet United got back to winning ways with a 2-1 home win over Concord Rangers. Alfie Egan netted the winner with seven minutes to play. 

Tom Derry gave Welling United an early lead, but Peter Taylor’s side ended up losing 3-1 to Dorking Wanderers. Goals from Niall McManus, Barry Fuller and Alfie Rutherford secured a first win in four for Dorking. 

Elsewhere, Hungerford Town picked up a late victory at Bath City with Jake Evans scoring the game’s only goal. 

Billericay Town’s home tie against Chelmsford City was called off due to multiple Covid-19 cases in the home squad. 

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