AFC HORNCHURCH v BOGNOR REGIS TOWN
BILLERICAY TOWN v METROPOLITAN POLICE
DULWICH HAMLET v CANVEY ISLAND
EAST THURROCK UNITED v VCD ATHLETIC
GRAYS ATHLETIC v ENFIELD TOWN
HAMPTON AND RICHMOND BOROUGH v TONBRIDGE ANGELS
HARROW BOROUGH v PEACEHAVEN & TELSCOMBE
LEISTON v KINGSTONIAN
LEWES v HENDON
MARGATE v BURY TOWN
WINGATE AND FINCHLEY v MAIDSTONE UNITED
WITHAM TOWN v LEATHERHEAD
The game of the day in the Ryman Premier Division this weekend comes in North London as table topper's Maidstone United travel to face eighth place Wingate and Finchley. The Blues are unbeaten in 2015 winning all four of their league games played with The Stones getting back to winning ways with away wins at Bury Town and Kingstonian after their first home defeat of the season to Enfield Town on Saturday 24th January.
There has been some great news for the Kent side as young right back Aaron Simpson looks to have done enough to earn a professional contract with Championship side Wolverhampton Wanderers after spending a period on trial at Molineux. The 18 year old had joined United in the summer from Whitstable Town.
Simpson is not the only Ryman Premier Division player with a chance of moving up to the football league recently. Twenty year old Witham Town winger Tom Wraight's performances have earned him a trial with Ipswich Town.
Could The Blues put a dent in The Stones title tilt? Second placed Dulwich Hamlet and third placed Margate will be hoping so. The South Londoners host Canvey Island (16th place) who, after losing four games in a row, are now unbeaten in four. They recorded a good 1-2 away victory at Lewes on Tuesday night - Enoch Showunmi and George Sykes got their goals. It will be a real shock if anything other than a home win occurs at Hartsdown Park on Saturday. Bury Town are bottom of the table with only four wins in thirty-two games played. In sixteen away games they have won one, drawn four and lost eleven. Their form away from home has improved of late with their only win coming in their last five games which was a 3-4 success at Canvey Island. They have also drawn 1-1 at Bognor Regis Town and VCD Athletic as well as narrow defeats at Enfield Town and Lewes. The Gate are 2/9 favourites for the game with Bury Town rated at 7/1 and the draw 6/1.
Other teams chasing a play-off place are 5th placed Hendon who go to Lewes (18th), Leiston (6th place and on the back on a brilliant 0-4 win at Peacehaven on Tuesday) welcoming Kingstonian (9th) to Victory Road and East Thurrock United (7th) welcoming VCD Athletic (22nd) to Rookery Hill in a game which will have a bearing at both ends of the table. The Met Police (4th) go to Billericay Town (12th) which will be a tough game as The Blues have only lost four times at home this season in thirteen league games played.
Enfield Town (10th) go to old rival's Grays Athletic (13th) who are currently under the guidance of a man well known to Enfield fans in Caretaker Manager Mark Bentley who started his football career back in 1998 with the now defunct Enfield FC.
The club have lost striker Freddie Lapado who put in some impressive performances earlier in the season. He scored 14 times in 26 appearances on loan from Conference side Kidderminster Harriers. He has recently signed full time for Margate.
They have recently signed strikers Rod Young (on loan from their ex manager Jody Brown's new club Welling United) and Joel Nouble (on loan from Dagenham and Redbridge) along with midfielder Jordan Sidhu (also on loan from The Daggers).
Young began his career with Exeter City before transferring to Norwich City from whom he represented in the 2013 FA Youth Cup final which The Canaries won. He played for the u21 squad during the 2013/14 season as well as spending sometime on loan with Conference South side Bishops Stortford. He signed for Wellling United in the summer of 2014. Athletic also include ex Town fan's favourite Jey Siva.
Harrow Borough's new manager Steve Baker will be in charge of his first game when Peacehaven and Telscombe visit Earlsmead. It's a real must win game for the home side who are currently 23rd of 24 teams.
SOME STATISTICS AND FACTS
HARROW BOROUGH and WITHAM TOWN are the only two sides without a win in their last six league games.
HARROW BOROUGH have only picked up three points out of the last 27 available. Their last win came back on Tuesday 2nd December in a 3-2 home victory over Leatherhead.
The WINGATE & FINCHLEY v MAIDSTONE UNITED game is the clash of the form teams with the home side on five wins and one defeat in six v the away side on four wins, one draw and one defeat.
GRAYS ATHELTIC's last draw in the league came fifteen matches ago in the 2-2 result at ENFIELD TOWN on Saturday 4th October.
METROPOLTIAN POLICE are the only side undefeated at home in the league. They have won twelve and drawn three of their fifteen games played. They have also impressively only conceded nine goals in those fifteen games. Their next game at Imber Court comes next Saturday 14th February when MARGATE visit. I'm sure the fans of DULWICH HAMLET and MAIDSTONE UNITED will have one eye on this game.
As you can see from the below table the midweek fixtures of the 17th and 18th of February could see the top three teams move closer or further away from each other. Maidstone travel to Grays, Dulwich go to Lewes and Margate make the lengthy 300 mile round trip to Leiston.
TITLE TILT - THE NEXT THREE GAMES FOR THE TOP THREE
|DATE||MAIDSTONE UNITED||DULWICH HAMLET||MARGATE|
|7/2||Wingate||CANVEY ISLAND||BURY TOWN|
|14/2||WITHAM TOWN||Bury Town||Met Police|