Enfield Town welcome Lewes to Donkey Lane on Saturday for another all important Ryman Premier Divsion game which pits 19th v 21st in the table. This is the sort of game teams down towards the bottom end of the table need to win to keep out of that dreaded relegation zone where the Sussex side are currently placed. Putting a positive spin on things you can see even though Town are just three points off the bottom four they are in turn only ten points from the play off zone and fifth position so one or two wins in a row can really propel teams up the table.
Lewes come to Donkey Lane with just two wins in their fourteen league games so far. Both have come at home to Grays Athletic (3-2) and Wingate & Finchley (3-0). On the road they have two draws (at East Thurrock United and Witham Town) along with four defeats in their six games played.
Lewes currently have Rikki Banks in goal. He is 26 years old and must be one of the tallest players in the division coming in at 6' 4". He began his footballing careeer with Crystal Palace before spending a few seasons with Worthing. He has also played for Eastbourne Borough and Wealdstone. Backing up Banks is Dean Lightwood who has recently been on the bench . He is 42 years old and counts Eastbourne Borough as one of his former clubs.
In defence is Steve Brinkhurst who was a professional for one season with Brighton & HA before playing for Garry Wilson (Lewes current boss) at Eastbourne Borough. At left-back is Sam Cole who began his career in the Sussex County League with Hailsham Town and Rye United before stepping up to the Conference Premier with Eastbourne Borough. He is one of the raft of players to follow Wilson to The Dripping Pan joining in the summer. Ollie Rowe is another ex Borough player who has also played for Chelmsford City, Hastings United and Eastbourne Town. Rowe started his career with Brighton & HA. James Stinson is an Australian and started his career with Sunshine Coast FC before moving to England where he played for Eastbourne Borough before joining Lewes. He can play in either defence or midfield.
Fraser Logan is a highly experienced midfielder. He came though the youth ranks at Scottish side Kilmarnock before heading South to join The Rooks in 2005. He has also represented Bromley, Tonbridge Angels, Hastings United and Whitehawk. He rejoined the club from Crawley Down in 2013 where he was club captain. Another player to bring lots of experience to the centre of the pitch is Phil Appiah who began his career with Preston North End. The 24 year old was born in Cananda and has also played for Hayes and Yeading, Farnborough, Eastleigh and Tonbridge Angels.
Nick Wheeler is described as a tricky wing player/wing man who played in Charlton Athletic's youth set-up before representing Burgess Hill Town. The 23 year old is a fans favourite at The Dripping Pan and likes a spectacular strike now and again. Jack Dixon has been amongst the goals for The Rooks this season as well scoring 19 goals in his debut season in 2013/14. Dixon was a member of the Hastings United team which famously reached the Third Round of the FA Cup playing at Middlesborough in.... 18 year old Josh Marshall has been on the bench recently and the attracting midfielder has apparently attracted the attention of football league scouts
23 year old Luke Blewden is centre forward/striker. Originally joined in December 2013 from Tonbridge Angels. Enjoyed two seasons with Crawley Down Gatwick hitting the back of the net over 50 times and then rejoined Lewes. Nathan Crabb can be desribed as 'Mr Eastbourne' as he has played for United, Borough and Town during his careeer. Joined The Rooks in February 2012 and was named player of the season in 2012/13. Terry Dodd scored 35 times for Bognor Regis Town last season prompting The Rooks to sign him over the summer. He has also represented East Preston, Horsham YMCA and Worthing where he played under Assistant Manager Danny Bloor. 18 year old James Fergany is likened to Marouane Fellani due to his distinctive hair style and joined from Brighton & HA.
The other Ryman Premier Division fixtures on Saturday are -
BOGNOR REGIS TOWN v HAMPTON AND RICHMOND BOROUGH
BURY TOWN v EAST THURROCK UNITED
CANVEY ISLAND v AFC HORNCHURCH
ENFIELD TOWN v LEWES
HENDON v MARGATE
KINGSTONIAN v BILLERICAY TOWN
LEATHERHEAD v WINGATE AND FINCHLEY
MAIDSTONE UNITED v LEISTON
MET POLICE v DULWICH HAMLET
PEACEHAVEN AND TELSCOMBE v WITHAM TOWN
TONBRIDGE ANGELS v GRAYS ATHLETIC
VCD ATHLETIC v HARROW BOROUGH
There are two games which stand out being second placed Margate's trip to third placed Hendon and table topper's Maidstone United's home game versus fifth placed Leiston. Wins for the two title contenders would move them further away and increase the gap at the top of the division. Hendon are in good form with their last defeat coming eight games ago against Enfield Town with Margate winning their last six games.
Margate (at best priced 2/5) are still odds on favourites for the title with the bookmakers with Maidstone United following at 5/2. The gap between the top two is emphasised by the next best priced teams being fourth placed Dulwich Hamlet at 33/1 and Hendon at 40/1.