Late goals put Witham Town top - finally

Braintree and Witham Times: Paul King scores the vital second goal for Witham against Chatham. Picture: JIM PURTILL Paul King scores the vital second goal for Witham against Chatham. Picture: JIM PURTILL

Witham Town have taken the initiative in the race for the Ryman League division one north title as late goals once again came to their salvation.

Garry Kimble's team finally moved to the summit of the table with three games remaining after beating Chatham Town 2-1 at the Village Glass Stadium, but they ran it close.

The three points were enough to see them move above previous leaders VCD Athletic, but it looked as though they would miss the opportunity to go top for a third time with ten minutes to go.

Having twice before been unable to win games to overhaul the Kent side at the summit, Witham were delighted to take their opportunity this time.

Chatham had taken the lead early on though when they found the target in the fourth minute and that was the way it stayed for the next 77 until Lewis Godbold scored with nine minutes remaining.

It looked to have salvaged a point for the hosts, but that still wouldn't have been enough to get past VCD.

However, Paul King came up trumps in the 90th minute with a crucial goal that has finally put Witham in the driving seat in the race for the title.

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