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Just two games were played in the Ryman Premier Division on Tuesday night with Dulwich Hamlet's 2-0 home victory over Maidstone United a really important result at the top of the division in the title race. The Stone's defeat was only their second of the season and leaves just five points between AFC Hornchurch in first place and Maidstone in fifth place - It really is any team's title to take.
There is now a six point gap between fifth and Bognor Regis Town in sixth place so realistically the race for the title is now down to the top five teams. However, There are a number of teams below Bognor Regis Town who could still easily get involved in the play-off places.
BET365.COM agree that it's now between the top five for the title currently offering the following odds -
WEALDSTONE - 2/1
MAIDSTONE UNITED - 3/1
AFC HORNCHURCH, DULWICH HAMLET, KINGSTONIAN - 5/1
Lowestoft Town are the next highest rated at 33/1 with Bognor Regis Town and Lewes at 40/1.
The results in the crucial Christmas period could be pivotal to some teams chances. None more so than this weekend when Wealdstone welcome Maidstone United to Grosvenor Vale and Dulwich Hamlet make the long journey to Lowestoft Town.
|21/12||Lewes||MAIDSTONE UNITED||CANVEY ISLAND||Lowestoft Town||Wealdstone|
|26/12||BILLERICAY TOWN||Enfield Town||Hampton & Richmond||GRAYS ATHLETIC||MARGATE|
|28/12||Bury Town||HAMPTON & RICHMOND||HARROW BOROUGH||Cray Wanderers||Billericay Town|
|1/1||-||HARROW BOROUGH||WINGATE & FINCHLEY||Carshalton Athletic||Lewes|
Hendon's 0-6 away victory at Cray Wanderers last night put them top of the scoring charts at 50 goals scored in 21 games. Unfortunately for Cray it puts them on 73 goals conceded in just 22 games which is an average of 3.32 per game.
The teams with the worst home record so far are Carshalton Athletic and Thamesmead Town. The Robins have one victory, two draws and five defeats in their eight home games played so far with a yield of 0.62 points per game. The Mead have one win, four draws and seven defeats in their twelve games played so far with a yield of just 0.58 pts per game. Also down the bottom of the home record table are The Wands at just 0.7 pts per game.
Unfortunately for The Cold End being an Enfield Town fan the away league table makes grim reading as we are the worst team on the road by a long way with only one solitary point from nine games played. This is all going to change under George Borg though starting (hopefully) on Saturday at the game versus Metropolitan Police.
Here are some more statistics about the season so far -
* Wealdstone are the only unbeaten team away from home in the league. They have an amazing record of seven wins and two draws in their nine games played so far. They (2.5 pts per game), AFC Hornchurch (2.36) and Maidstone United (2.25) are the only clubs to achieve over 2 points per game on their travels. Wealdstone's two draws have come against title rivals Maidstone United and AFC Hornchurch. The Cold End hopes by the law of averages it means they are due an away defeat on Boxing Day!
* Maidstone United are the only unbeaten side at home. They have won six and drawn six of their games at The Gallagher Stadium.
* Lewes and Metropolitan Police are the draw specialists of the division. The Rooks have drawn eight out of twenty-one games (38.09%) and The Police have seven in twenty-one (33.33%). Hampton and Richmond Borough are near to them on six in nineteen games (31.58%). These three clubs have played each other three times so far with the results all being draws as follows -
13th August - LEWES 1 HAMPTON & RICHMOND BOROUGH 2
7th September - LEWES 2 MET POLICE 2
14th December - HAMPTON AND RICHMOND 1 LEWES 1
Wealdstone and Maidstone United (both at 30% drawn six in twenty games) are close to Lewes, Met Police and Hampton & Richmond. Could this be an indication the two title rivals may draw their game on Saturday? It was 1-1 on the opening day of the season.
* The biggest victory also is also one of the highest scoring games so far. Wealdstone's 7-1 victory over Cray Wanderers on 31st August. The eight goals scored equals the Maidstone United 4 Harrow Borough 4 (21st September) and Bognor Regis Town 5 Margate 3 game on the 7th December.
* The biggest crowd came on the opening day of the season (10th August) at The Gallagher Stadium when 2,138 saw Maidstone United v Wealdstone. The smallest crowd so far was the 56 loyal fans who turned out to watch Thamesmead Town's 1-0 victory over East Thurrock United on the 5th October.
* Here is a run down of the current average crowds of the top five teams across the three divisions (Ryman, Calor League and Evo-Stik) at step three of the non-league ladder based on the league games played so far only -
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The averages are 321 (Calor League), 655 (Evo Stik) and 700 (Ryman Premier) which currently makes the Ryman Premier the best supported league at this level of football!