By Deal Town

Ashford United regained top spot in the Southern Counties East League with their 3-2 victory over Sevenoaks Town at Homelands on Tuesday night.

Rory Hill was United’s match winner with a hat-trick which gave the home side a 3-0 lead before Sevenoaks scored twice in the closing stages.

Ashford lead the table on goal difference from AFC Croydon who had briefly regained pole position following their 5-1 win over Bearsted on Saturday. Warren Mfula grabbed a hat-trick to take his tally in all competitions this season to 17, and the Hoops will clearly have to keep an eye on Mfula when AFC Croydon visit the Charles Ground next weekend.

Crowborough Athletic are in third place, two points behind the leaders, following their 2-0 victory over Ashford last Saturday thanks to goals from Zac Attwood and Sam Carrington.

Then come Sheppey United, whose 2-0 home win over Tunbridge Wells at the weekend was watched by a crowd of 465 Timmy Babbington and Karn Miller-Neave were on target for the Islanders.

Despite their midweek defeat Sevenoaks are still very handily placed in fifth place – and with games in hand on all the teams above them. They defeated Lordswood 4-0 last Saturday courtesy of goals from Byron Walker (2), Harrison Carnegie and Billy Bennett.

The Hoops’ opponents today, Hollands & Blair, let slip a two-goal lead last weekend as they drew   2-2 at home with Erith Town. James McDonald, with his 15th goal of the season, and Tom Staff put Blair two up inside the opening half hour, but Quentin Conteh and Mike McKenna then earned a point for the Dockers with goals in a five-minute spell either side of half-time.

Cray Valley PM held on to seventh place despite losing 3-0 to Corinthian at Gay Dawn Farm, where the home side scored all their goals in the first half through Conor Johnson, Michael Hagan and Jack Billings.

Canterbury City won by the same scoreline at home to Beckenham thanks to strikes from Dave Pilcher, Gary Mickelborough and Lawrence Harvey.

Rochester United, hammered 8-0 by Ashford in their previous game, bounced back with a 4-3 victory over Croydon at the Arena. Michael Hurcombe, Harrison Hume, Daniel Nash and Alex Kendall were on target for United, while Tristan Toney (2) and Adam Allen scored for Croydon.

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