The title race in the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division South is really getting interesting following Saturday`s results.
Long-time leaders Taunton Town are now only a point in front of second-placed Weymouth – who won - after the Peacocks were beaten 1-0 at sixth-placed Harrow Borough and third-placed Salisbury are just two points further back after they also won.
Taunton were beaten at Earlsmead, courtesy of a 27th-minute penalty given when Ed Palmer fouled Ant O'Connor and Ryan Moss converted.
A goal in each half, the first from new prospective new England C international Brandon Goodship after 38 minutes, the second from Josh Wakefield on 76 minutes, saw Weymouth pick up a 2-0 victory at Frome Town that puts them a point behind Taunton with a game in hand.
A crowd of 624 saw Salisbury win a feisty derby at Wimborne Town 4-1.
Lewis Benson put the visitors in front after just 6 minutes and then Kane O`Keefe doubled that on the half-hour mark.
But O`Keefe received his second yellow card 5 minutes before half-time to leave the Whites with ten men for the entire second half and Toby Holmes made him pay further by reducing the deficit.
Matt Partridge gave the ten-men a 3-1 lead after 66 minutes and Dan Fitchett made it game over with a fourth just 4 minutes later
Two minutes into stoppage time, the numbers on the pitch were evened-up when Wimborne`s Franklyn Clarke was dismissed.
Fourth-placed Metropolitan Police suffered a 2-1 defeat at Ladysmead to a Tiverton Town side who were in need of the points at the opposite end of the table.
Tom Bath broke the deadlock to give Tivvy a 40th-minute lead, but that lasted barely 4 minutes as Jerry Arthur pulled the Met back on level terms.
However, just when the visitors looked be heading back up the M5 and M4 with a point when Harrison Davis popped up with the home side`s winner in stoppage time.
Poole Town occupies the final playoff spot after a 2-1 win against Beaconsfield Town at Tatnam.
A Will Spetch header gave Poole an early 6th-minute lead that the Rams cancelled out 6 minutes into the second half with a fine finish from Brendan Matthew.
But the Dolphins restored their lead just 4 minutes later when Jake Scrimshaw was brought down in the box and James Constable slotted home the resulting penalty.
Kings Langley are seventh, just a point behind Harrow, after a 1-0 win at Gaywood Park against Merthyr Town.
A goal 10 minutes into the second half from Mitchell Weiss proved decisive.
Hendon picked up an important three points in their fight against the drop by beating fellow strugglers Basingstoke Town 1-0 at Silver Jubilee Park.
A goal from Charlie Smith just past the half-hour mark that made the difference, his first goal for the club proving the winner.
Hendon's first win at home since December 1st, lifted them above Basingstoke into fourteenth place, albeit just three points above the relegation zone.
Third-bottom Dorchester Town picked up a point from a 0-0 draw at the Avenue Stadium against fellow strugglers Gosport Borough and are now level on points with Basingstoke.
Walton Casuals, like Hendon, were also in need of points to stay clear of the drop zone and they too picked up three from a 2-1 home win over Farnborough.
Casuals had to come back from being a 15th minute Reggie Young goal down to win, thanks to Cole Brown`s penalty on 57 minutes and a Mahrez Bettache effort 15 minutes from time.
And we have our first confirmed relegated team – and it`s only March 2nd!
Beleaguered Staines Town suffered further misery after being hammered 7-0 at Hartley Wintney.
The Swans only have 9 points and with just 9 games left.
It was 4-0 at half-time with Marley Ridge and Josh Webb being followed by a Mitch Parker brace.
Parker went on to complete his hat-trick 5 minutes from time with Michael Campbell and Steve Duff sandwiching the other two.
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