CURRENT TOP TWELVE
|9||BOGNOR REGIS TOWN||9||4||2||3||16||14||+2||14|
Maidstone United currently lead the division followed closely by Wealdstone and Kingstonian. Goals win games as the current top two are the division's highest scorers on 20 and 23 goals. Both sides will be considered strong favourites in their games tomorrow as they are both at home to teams struggling at the wrong end of the table. Maidstone welcome Harrow Borough to The Gallagher Stadium whilst Thamesmead Town go to Grosvenor Vale. It's no surprise that a double with bet365.com on both Stones to gain victory is rated currently rated at 0.66/1.
Kingstonian travel to Hendon, who some predicted to do well this season but have only won three out of their nine games so far. However, Hendon are unbeaten in four league games (two home draws and two away wins) so will be tough opponents for the K's. The two away wins have come in their last two league games so could this be an indication that Gary McCann's side are set to move up the table? The K's form has slipped of late with only two defeats (v Maidstone United and Bognor Regis) in their last three games.
The two remaining play-off places are currently occupied by AFC Hornchurch and Margate. They are both away tomorrow at Leiston (17th) and Grays Athletic (8th) which are games which could go either way. The Urchins are unbeaten away from Bridge Avenue so should be favourites for their game at Leiston but this game looks like it could end in a score draw to me.
Their are still two unbeaten sides in the league being Wealdstone and Lewes. The Rooks love a draw having drawn five of their nine (55.55%) of their games and also have the best defensive record alongside Kingstonian letting in just five goals in their nine games so far. They travel to Wingate and Finchley (19th) tomorrow who only have two wins in nine which came against teams at the wrong end of the table in Carshalton Athletic and Thamesmead Town. Lewes should win this one on form but Wingate are well capable of scoring goals so it's another difficult one to call.
CURRENT BOTTOM TWELVE
|14||EAST THURROCK UNITED||9||3||2||4||9||13||-4||11|
|19||WINGATE & FINCHLEY||9||2||3||4||11||16||-5||9|
|20||HAMPTON & RICHMOND||8||2||2||4||8||10||-2||8|
In the bottom half of the table it really does look like Cray Wanderers and Thamesmead Town are in for a tough season having each just won one of their nine games so far. Ironically The Meads victory came against Cray when they won 3-4 at Hayes Lane on August Bank Holiday Monday. Their other point came in a 0-0 draw at home to the Met Police who are another team whom were expected to well but have so far struggled with only two wins in eight games. Cray held out until the 74th minute of their last league game at Hampton but eventually lost 4-0. Their only victory came at home to Canvey Island (2-1 on 13th August) and their other point in a 0-0 draw at home to fellow struggler's Carshalton Athletic. They travel to East Thurrock United tomorrow having not scored a goal in four matches which includes their 0-3 FA Cup defeat to Division One South side Faversham Town. It's no surprise to see them 7/2 to win tomorrow with a home victory odds on at 2/7.
East Thurrock United will be looking to bounce back from the midweek FA Cup exit at the hands of AFC Hornchurch who won the replay at Rookery Hill 1-2 after a 1-1 draw at the weekend. It was the third time in four matches the two teams had played each other with The Urchins also winning 3-0 in a league game on 7th September.
SOME FACTS AND STATS FOR THE SEASON SO FAR
UNBEATEN - Wealdstone and Lewes
UNBEATEN AT HOME - Wealdstone, Grays Athletic, Lewes, Maidstone United and Enfield Town
UNEEATEN AWAY - Wealdstone, Lewes, AFC Hornchurch, Margate, Bury Town
NO HOME WINS - Thamesmead Town, Hendon, Carshalton Athletic
NO AWAY WINS - Cray Wanderers, Enfield Town, Lowestoft Town, Met Police
MOST DRAWS - 5 - Lewes
MOST HOME DRAWS -3 - Lewes
MOST AWAY DRAWS - 2 - Ten teams currently on 2 draws
MOST GOALS - 23 - Wealdstone
MOST HOME GOALS - 15 - Wealdstone
MOST AWAY GOALS - 15 - Maidstone United
MOST GOALS CONCEDED - 35 - Cray Wanderers
MOST HOME GOALS CONCEDED - 16 - Cray Wanderers
MOST AWAY GOALS CONCEDED - 19 - Cray Wanderers
BEST GOAL DIFFERENCE - plus 15 Wealdstone
WORST GOAL DIFFERENCE - minus 35 Cray Wanderers
BIGGEST ATTENDANCE - 2,138 Maidstone United v Wealdstone (10th August)
WORST ATTENDANCE - 60 - Thamesmead Town v Metropolitan Police (20th August)
BEST AVERAGE CROWD - 1,829 - Maidstone United
WORST AVERAGE CROWD - 100 - Thamesmead Town
Maidstone United's impressive current average crowd shows what potential the club have as it beats League Two sides Dagenham & Redbridge (1,619), Morecambe (1,631) and Accrington Stanley (1,643). Also only nine clubs in the Skrill Premier have a better average than The Stones. Only Stockport County (2,901) in the Skrill South and North divisions have a higher average.