Bostik South East Results and Summary from the opening day
Ashford United 3 – 1 Hythe Town
East Grinstead Town 1 – 3 Phoenix Sports
Faversham Town 1 – 1 Herne Bay
Greenwich Borough 0 – 3 Cray Wanderers
Hastings United 5 – 1 Thamesmead Town
Horsham 1 – 2 Sittingbourne
VCD Athletic 2 – 1 Ramsgate
Whyteleafe 3 – 1 Guernsey
Hastings United started this season as they ended the last, with a thoroughly impressive performance. Visitors Thamesmead Town took the lead through Richard Pacquette, but United replied with five, Sam Adams, Sam Cruttwell and two from Daniel Ajakaiye- and an own goal- giving them a decisive victory. Another United, although this one with a rather revamped side under manager Gary Alexander, also started well and also came from behind, Ashford United defeating highly fancied Hythe Town 3-1 at Homelands. Charlie Webster gave the Cannons an early lead, but the Nuts & Blots roared back through Lanre Azeez, Ambrose Gnahore and Sam Corne.
Your title favourites, as we announced a few days ago, are Cray Wanderers- and the Wands did their best to live up to star billing, two from Michael Power and a third from Jerome Frederico giving them a comfortable victory at Greenwich Borough. Phoenix Sports also got three, a double from Jeff Duah-Kessie added to by Kweku Ansah whilst Sid Sollis managed a late consolation for East Grinstead Town. Whyteleafe were the final team to hit a treble, going behind at home to Guernsey (William Fitzgerald) before a Eddie Dsane hat trick made the match safe in our battle of the Greens.
There were 2-1 wins for Sittingbourne at Horsham, and for VCD Athletic at home to Ramsgate, with Charlie MacDonald scoring twice, whilst the derby between Faversham Town and Herne Bay ended 1-1.
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