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Erith Town v Holmesdale preview
Erith Town v Holmesdale preview

Stanmore Stadium, Bayliss Avenue is the venue for a South Eastern Counties Football League derby when Erith Town entertain Holmesdale this evening.

Despite their respective home defeats on Saturday, the Dockers still sit in the top five while Holmesdale are in a comfortable spot in mid-table. 

It will be the fourth game in a row that the Dockers have hosted, having recorded a win and two defeats following a good run in which they won seven out of eight league and cup games. On Saturday, one goal was enough for Whitstable Town to leave with all three points.

Meanwhile, Holmesdale entertained Corinthian and were beaten two-one with just a late consolation goal scored by Alessio Akabuogu. They are now win-less in five games including two draws. 

In their two previous meetings this season, the Dockers have come out on top. In the league in October, Ladic Melconian put them ahead midway through the first half and Ollie Milton’s goal, with eleven minutes remaining, ensured that the three points returned across the A20 and A2.

Then, at the same ground, Erith were again victorious in the SCEFL Challenge Cup. Jack Tancred put the hosts ahead early on, and they held that lead until ten minutes into the second half when three goals in seven minutes turned the match on its head. The goals were scored by Jake Lovell’s brace and a third by Milton.

At home, Erith have played sixteen, winning eleven, drawing one and losing four. On the road, Holmesdale have recorded four victories with two draws and nine defeats.

Last season’s corresponding game at Erith Leisure Centre ended in another win for the Dockers. Alfie Eldridge opened the scoring and Melconian scored their second on the stroke of half time. Steadman Callender added a third, seven minutes after the break before Kalum Daini pulled one back in the final minute.

Although Adam Woodward’s Erith will start as favourites, Andy Constable will have the Dalers prepared to cause an upset.