Five-star Baptists hit the front

Battle Baptists have gone top of the Macron East Sussex Football League Premier Division.

Battle Baptists lead the way in the Macron East Sussex Football League with three wins out of three
Battle Baptists lead the way in the Macron East Sussex Football League with three wins out of three

The Baptists made it three wins out of three with a 5-2 victory at home to previously undefeated Hawkhurst United on Saturday.

Adam Gooch, Aaron Hewitt, Glen Carrick and Zac Fawcett scored for the home side, while Hawkhurst replied through two goals from Oliver Vidler.

Ore Athletic are up to second after winning 4-3 against still winless defending champions St Leonards Social. Scott Ramsay, Toby Payne, Grant Cornelius and Ollie Edmunds scored for Ore, and Darren Hensher (2) and Ricky Matthews retaliated.

Sedlescombe Rangers also have seven points after coming from behind to beat Rock-a-Nore 2-1. Michael Booth and Martin Moss scored for Rangers, and Jordan Harley netted for the Rocks.

Peche Hill Select made it two league wins out of two by overcoming Robertsbridge United 2-0. Wayne Giles bagged both the goals.

Hollington United picked up their first points with a comprehensive 6-2 win away to bottom club Mountfield United. Goals from Dean Pegman, Rhys Hodges, Luke Towner, Michael Benton, Sean Baldwin and Andrew Pegman made it a good trip home for the visitors.

Division One leaders Eastbourne Rangers made it three wins out of three and 18 goals in the process with a 4-0 win at home to AFC Hastings. Two goals each from Ben Jesson and Jamie Strong did the damage.

Sidley United went second with a 2-1 win away to bottom side Wadhurst United. First half goals from Mark Funnell and Gary Hempe put Sidley in charge before Wadhurst pulled one back in 80th minute through Ryan Bateman.

Old Hastonians are third after travelling home from previously unbeaten Ticehurst with a 5-2 victory. Alan Johnson scored twice for the visitors, and was supported by goals from William Cullen, Tom Cusden and David Pugh. Darren Nicol and James Smith scored for Ticehurst.

Goals from Michel Burgess (2), Charlie Cornford (2) and Adam Hull earned The JC Tackleway a 5-1 win away to Sovereign Saints, who are yet to pick up a point.

Crowhurst picked up their first points with a 4-2 success away to Hollington United II, whose scorers were Mark Coggon and Gavin Ramsden. Steve McGowan (2), Aaron Parris and Sam Baker netted for Crowhurst, whose MEA Financial Services man of the match was McGowan even though he missed a penalty.

Icklesham Casuals head a quartet of teams on six points at the top of Division Two. Strikes by Bradley Mepham and Ken Wadbrook gave the new leaders a 2-1 win away to Little Common III, who had taken an early lead through Will Spice.

Previous pacesetters Eastbourne Athletic dropped to second after losing 4-3 against Northiam 75, whose scorers were Sam Dangerfield, Nathan Clemans, Scott Embery and Bradley Lewis.

Third-placed Herstmonceux lost 4-2 at home to previously pointless Peasmarsh United despite leading twice in the first half via the finishing of Lewis Colegate and Philip Broom. Richard Weller (2), Liam Sayer and Chris Catt netted for Peasmarsh.

Bottom club Catsfield got off the mark with a 1-1 draw at home to Bexhill AAC. Catsfield took a 53rd minute lead via Jack Baker, but an 82nd minute equaliser from Dom Sinden means AAC are the last remaining unbeaten team in the division.

Hastings Rangers also opened their account for the season with a 3-3 draw at home to Peche Hill Select II. Rangers’ goals from Nick Whicker, Joshua Blanche and a late strike by Joe Harmer were cancelled out by a Steve Garlick brace and Luke Johnson for Peche Hill.

Four teams are also level on six points at the top of Division Three. Burwash hit the front after scoring five unanswered goals in the second half to sink Orington 7-2. The visitors scored through Kieren Martin (3), Lewis Baker, Liam Baker, Zac Mckay and Paul Stead. Scott Quested and Nick Sheppard responded.

Westfield III went second with their second win out of two - a 4-2 success over Hooe Sports. Billy-Jo Driver (2), Marc Barden and Ricki Skinner gave Westfield a 4-1 half time lead against a Hooe side whose scorers were Gary Bryant and Artur Mendes.

St Leonards Social II also have six points out of six after ending the 100% record of previous pacesetters Mayfield. Mark Larkin scored the only goal of the game.

Sedlescombe Rangers II earned their first points courtesy of a 7-2 win away to a Pebsham Sibex side playing its first game. A hat-trick from Jack Booth, two from Gary Underhill, and one each from Kieron Brooker and Ashley Russell did the damage for visitors. Jonathan Day and Dayne Beaumont struck for Sibex.

Punnetts Town are a point clear at the top of Division Four after winning 8-0 at home to a bottom-of-the-table Wittersham II side which started with just nine men. Christian Puttock bagged a hat-trick, and was joined on the scoresheet by Anthony Harvey (2), Daniel Ranson and Justin Bailey.

Grasshoppers Old Boys head a trio of teams level on six points despite surrendering a 1-0 lead to lose 2-1 at home to Hailsham Athletico.

Third-placed Conquest United also lost 2-1, at home to previously winless Battle Baptists II. Perry Leddy scored for Conquest before Adam Thompsett equalised and Gary Tompsett scored a late winner for the Baptists.

Bexhill Rovers are fourth after a Luke Alais hat-trick secured them a 3-2 win at home to The JC Tackleway II. Freddie Ansell was among the scorers for Tackleway.

Bexhill AAC II gained their first points with a 6-3 victory away to Hawkhurst United II. Richard Saunders (2), Dan Hilder, Shane Lynskey and Adam Brookes scored for Bexhill. Conrad Woodgate, Jack Godden and Jason Baldock replied.

Sandhurst head a trio of teams level on seven points at the top of Division Five after seeing off Battle Baptists III 8-1. Andrew Turner scored four times for Sandhurst, whose other goals came from Jago Stevens, Ben Cooper, Matthew Adams and Gavin Hickmott. Aaron Jamieson got Battle’s consolation.

Second-placed Magham Down needed an 88th minute goal to rescue a 1-1 draw by FC Westridge, who led through Dean Cawkill.

Ben Sales and James Young were among the scorers for third-placed Sedlescombe Rangers III in their 3-1 win at Hampden Park United.

Robertsbridge United II made it three draws out of three with a 2-2 draw at home to Parkfield. Daniel Goodsell and Tommy Moyce scored for Bridge.

St Leonards recorded their first win of the season by defeating Icklesham Casuals II 4-1. Luke Phillips, Adam Brett and Wayne March were among the scorers for St Leonards, while Lee Pierce netted Icklesham’s consolation.

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