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Thrilling Witham win leaves Thamesmead one game from promotion

PUBLISHED: 11:26 01 May 2013 | UPDATED: 11:26 01 May 2013

Chris Edwards gives Thamesmead the lead from the penalty spot. Pic by David Brown

Chris Edwards gives Thamesmead the lead from the penalty spot. Pic by David Brown

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Thamesmead Town are just one victory away from promotion following their thrilling play-off triumph over Witham Town last night.

Mead won 3-2 at Bayliss Avenue, with striker Stuart Zanone scoring the crucial winner with 12 minutes remaining.

The home side had taken the lead after 21 minutes in this Ryman North clash. Baff Addae was pushed in the box and Chris Edwards scored from the penalty spot.

After half-time Witham got a penalty of their own when Lewis Goodbold was bundled over. Rob Whitnell sent Rob Budd the wrong way from 12 yards.

That set the game up for an explosive last 20 minutes. Thamesmead retook the lead when Addae lobbed Witham goalkeeper Danny Sambridge but it lasted only two minutes as Sam Taylor brought the scores level at the second time of asking.

But Mead were not to be denied as Zanone made it 3-2, and this time the home side held onto lead.

They travel to Maldon and Tiptree on Sunday (May 5) for the final, with a place in the Ryman Premier at stake.

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