Last knockings Sunday night
Brief round-up plus results check from today’s games
No giant-killing acts today as Dover’s FA Cup adventure came to an end with Crystal Palace winning 4-0 at a canter. Back to the league for Dover who had a crowd of 5645 at Crabble.
It proved to be a bad day for our two Kent sides in the Vanarama Conference with Dartford losing 2-1 at home to Kidderminster Harriers and Welling United slumping 4-1 at Forest Green Rovers. The Darts had a great start, going 1-0 up in the first minute through Danny Harris, only for midfielder Marvin Johnson to strike twice late in the second half to nick the points for the visitors. Attendance at Princes Park: 902. Meanwhile, Joe Healy’s 19th minute strike set the Wings on their way at the New Lawn but Forest Green stormed back to win 4-1 with goals from former Barnsley, Stoke and Preston frontrunner John Parkin (2), Kurtis Guthrie and James Norwood.
Ebbsfleet United remain an enigma! Jamie Day’s new charges bounced back from two holiday defeats to win 3-1 at leaders Boreham Wood in the Vanarama South. Billy Bricknell (2) and Anthony Cook netted for the Fleet to inflict Wood’s second home loss this season. Graeme Montgomery scored the home team’s consolation goal in the 50th minute. The gate at Meadow Park: 375. The Fleet’s shock win comes as good news for second-placed Bromley who are now five points adrift of Boreham Wood but with three games in hand.
Results Sunday 4 January 2015
The FA Cup Third Round
Dover Athletic 0-4 Crystal Palace
Dartford 1-2 Kidderminster Harriers
Forest Green Rovers 4-1 Welling United
Vanarama Conference South
Boreham Wood 1-3 Ebbsfleet United
Kent Sunday Junior Cup Fourth Round
Beaver 1-10 Stanhope Rangers
Ashford & District Sunday League
Aldington v Shadoxhurst – OFF
Brewmaster v Hamstreet – OFF
Marsh Athletic 2-7 Mersham Sports
Batchelors SSC v Albion – OFF
Kennington v Charing Sunday – OFF
Troggs v AFC Locomotive – OFF
Bromley Green v Shepway Spartans – OFF
Charing Sunday Reserves v Grasshoppers – OFF
Givaudan 1-3 Marsh Athletic Reserves
Prince Albert v Burton Grove – OFF
Willesborough AFC 0-1 Sandgate AFC
Ashford Spartans 2-4 Kingsnorth Pilgrims
Mersham Reserves 0-3 Ashford Cavaliers
Park Farm Rangers v Lolzors – OFF
Stour Valley 2-4 Appledore
Bodkin Cup First Round
Red Heathens v Market Hotel – OFF
Ashford Charity Trophy Second Round
Iden Park v Fox Sunday – OFF
It’s over to Dover!
Good luck to Dover Athletic who entertain Crystal Palace in the FA Cup today at what is bound to be an excited crowd at the Crabble ground. Tickets for the 1pm kick off are sold out for what happens to be Alan Pardew’s first match in charge of the Eagles. As well as the glory, there is also the little matter of £67,500 for the team progressing to the 4th round.
Please scroll down for today’s remaining few fixtures after the rain caused widespread disappointment for football lovers across the county
Last look at Saturday briefly [all the results are published below]
Spare a thought for the Gills who succumbed to a 93rd minute goal by substitute Colin Daniel at Port Vale and returned home pointless from a 2-1 defeat. Ben Williamson, 26 on Christmas Day, had given Valiants the lead but Cody McDonald levelled before half time as the managerless Kent side displayed plenty of spirit. Then Daniel broke the visitors’ resistance at the death in front of 4783 spectators. While the Vale leap up to eighth in the Sky Bet League One table, the Gills are fourth from bottom with those below having games in hand. Gills’ former striker Steve Lovell, ex-manager Andy Hessenthaler and fellow backroom team members Darren Hare and Mark Patterson made up the management team on the day but fans are looking to Chairman Paul Scally to quickly appoint a successor to sacked boss Peter Taylor. Worrying times at Priestfield.
Chatham Town must be wishing the morning ground inspection had rendered their Maidstone Road surface unplayable after crashing 5-0 against fifth-placed Aveley. The Chats are slipping deep into Ryman North relegation trouble and next Saturday’s home game with mid-table Ware now assumes monumental importance. Well done to the loyal 143 home fans that turn up rain or shine to support their team.
Folkestone Invicta emerged 5-2 victors over Ramsgate who had former Fisher and Herne Bay manager Simon Halsey in charge after the departure of Dean Hill. Invicta, still close on the Ryman South leaders heels, eventually wore down a stubborn Rams resistance with goals by Matt Newman, Ian Draycott (3) and Jordan Wright. Attendance at Cheriton Road: 323.
At the Belmont, Whitstable Town, tucked nicely in seventh spot, got the better of Redhill Town to the tune of 3-1 with the Oystermen netting via Ian Pulman (2, 1p) and Jake McKenzie. Former Walton Casuals striker Connor French replied for Redhill. Gate at this one 173.
Lastly, but certainly not least, the performance of the day has to go to Sittingbourne who pulled off a superb 3-2 win away to highly-rated Whyteleafe. There were 306 paying pundits at Church Road to see three late goals by Harry Smith and Gary Webb (2) ensure the points came back to Kent.