Non-League review: Corinthian Casuals enjoy memorable trip to the Channel Islands thanks to Akokhia

Manager James Bracken came back from the Channel Islands on Saturday with a big smile on his face after Corinthian Casuals beat Guernsey 4-2 in Ryman League Division One South.

Two goals in two minutes from Emmanuel Akokhia and strikes from Juevan Spencer and Matt Reece gave them the win to move them up to third.

Guernsey had Jason Dodd sent off for two bookings on the stroke of half time when the game was goalless and they scored twice in the last six meeting to make the score seem closer that it was.

Bracken said: “We know it could have been a lot more.

“But to come here and win 4-2 – if you would have told me before the match that’s what we’ll get, I’d have snapped your hand off and go home with a big smile on my face like we have.

“It could have been more, not with just half chances, but with absolute clear-cut chances, one-on-ones and great saves by their keeper.

“Realistically, if we would have won by seven or eight, you wouldn’t have really argued.”

Elsewhere, first-half goals from Bedsente Gomis and Tom Bolarinwa secured a 2-0 win for Sutton United at Weston-Super-Mare in their Vanarama National South tie.

The three points moved United up to 11th and three points off the play-offs.

In the Ryman League Premier Division, Kingstonian beat Canvey Island 2-1 at home thanks to goals from Pelavo Pico Gomez and Daniel Sweeney.

Ks have now lost only once in eight games and face fifth-placed Bognor Regis Town tomorrow night.

Hampton & Richmond beat Billericay Town 1-0 away thanks to Nicke Kabamba’s winner, but Met Police were denied victory as last-minute equaliser saw them draw 1-1 draw with VCD Athletic.

The Blues have one win in eight and overhauled their squad following last week’s FA Cup exit.

On Tuesday, the Beavers go to Dulwich Hamlet while Met Police travel to Billericay Town.

In Ryman League Division One South division, Walton & Hersham won 2-1 at Peacehaven & Telscombe thanks to goals from Andre Scarlett and Harry Mills.

It was a good weekend in Walton as Walton Casuals also won 2-1 in their home game with Hythe Town, after second-half goals from Moses Ashikodi and Luke Medley.

A Dan Summers penalty and a goal from Ricky Korboa put Carshalton Athletic two goals ahead but they eventually lost 3-2 at home to Worthing.

Tooting & Mitcham had Serge Mafoko sent off as they suffered a 3-0 defeat at Whitstable Town.

On Tuesday, Tooting go to Chatham Town, Walton & Hersham travel to Chipstead, Carshalton are at Faversham and Corinthian Casuals go to Whyteleafe.

Walton Casuals host Peacehaven on Wednesday.

There were mixed fortunes for clubs in the Combined Counties Premier League as Raynes Park Vale thrashed Badshot Lea 4-1 and Sutton Common Rovers beat Westfield 2-1.

Colliers Wood United though lost 1-0 at Knaphill United.

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