Gil­lies pays the price for strug­gling start

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Sn­od­land sacked man­ager Gavin Gil­lies af­ter their 0-0 draw with Rochester on Satur­day. Gil­lies led Town to sixth place in Di­vi­sion 1 last sea­son but they’re bot­tom this term. Chair­man Dave Jeal said: “Sn­od­land Town FC would like to thank Gavin for all his hard work over the last few years. “He has played a ma­jor role in our pro­gres­sion, in­clud­ing the high­lyre­spected sixth place in the league last sea­son. “Un­for­tu­nately, fol­low­ing a poor start to the sea­son with only two wins, leav­ing us bot­tom of the ta­ble, the club felt it was the right time to make the change. “Ev­ery­one at Sn­od­land Town FC wishes Gavin ev­ery suc­cess for the fu­ture.” Bearsted suf­fered with two Premier Di­vi­sion de­feats in four days. The Bears lost 4-2 at AFC Croy­don on Satur­day and went down 4-0 at home to high-fly­ing Corinthian on Tues­day night. Kevin Stevens’ side were two down at half-time against Croy­don but squared the match with early sec­ond-half goals from David Bara­nowski (49) and Reece Collins (53). The hosts added their third mid­way through the sec­ond half, fol­lowed by a late fourth. Third-placed Corinthian proved too strong at Honey Lane, scor­ing twice in each half to run out com­fort­able win­ners. K Sports were sunk by two late goals at Erith Town on Satur­day. James Jef­frey and Matt Gething gave the Paper­boys a 2-1 lead at the break but Town scored twice in the last eight min­utes. There’s a break from league ac­tion for Bearsted and K Sports on Satur­day. Bears host Lordswood in the Kent Se­nior Tro­phy sec­ond round, while K Sports go to Fisher. Sn­od­land have a league game at Lewisham Bor­ough.

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