CURRENT TABLE - TOP ELEVEN ONLY
|POS||TEAM||P||GD||PTS||PP||FORM LAST 8|
|1||HAMPTON & RICHMOND||38||+42||76||100||WDDWWLWW|
|2||EAST THURROCK UNITED||38||+42||74||98||WLWWDDWW|
|5||BOGNOR REGIS TOWN||32||+25||61||103||WWWWWDWD
|11||WINGATE & FINCHLEY||35||+8||51||84||DLDLWWLD|
BET365.COM make Hampton and Richmond Borough 5/4 title favourites closely followed by East Thurrock United at 13/8, Bognor Regis Town at 13/2 and Tonbridge Angels at 10/1. Dulwich Hamlet's recent form of only two wins in their last eight games has pushed them out to 16/1 outsiders.
Bognor Regis Town, with their excellent FA Trophy run putting them behind with games played, can win the league IF they win all their remaining games - A BIG IF of course with the games coming thick and fast for The Rocks.
The below table shows the top eleven team's records since the 1st January and on that it shows that there are probably three teams in with a shout of the league title being Hampton and Richmond Borough, East Thurrock United and Bognor Regis Town all of whom have an average of over 2 points per game since then.
RYMAN PREMIER DIVISION
TOP ELEVEN RECORD SINCE 1/1/2016
|HAMPTON & RICHMOND||13||8||3||2||36||12||+24||27||2.08|
|EAST THURROCK UNITED||15||10||4||1||36||14||+22||34||2.27|
|BOGNOR REGIS TOWN||8||6||2||0||15||4||+11||20||2.50|
|WINGATE & FINCHLEY||9||2||3||4||14||15||-1||9||1.00|
SATURDAY 12th MARCH FIXTURES
Billericay Town v Dulwich Hamlet
Draw?? The visitors are without a win in five games - three of which have been draws. Billericay have drawn 13 of their 37 games (35.13%) and four of their last eight games have ended all square. Back on Saturday 5th September the game at Champion Hill was heading for a draw only for Rhys Murrell-Williamson to score a 90th minute winner for the Hamlet.
Burgess Hill Town v Hampton & Richmond Borough
The Hillians are without a win in four games - They are all but safe from the threat of relegation with a fourteen point gap from the drop zone. They welcome the league leaders who are in great form winning their last two games by 5-0 and 3-0.
Grays Athletic v Leiston
Leiston have lost five of their last eight games with Grays losing 5-0 at relegation threatened Farnborough and 3-0 at Harrow Borough. The game at Farnborough saw them reduced to nine men with two red cards given. Defeat for either side would almost all but scupper their outside hopes of a play-off spot.
Hendon v Canvey Island
In form Hendon (five wins, two draws and one defeat in last eight games) welcome Canvey in the battle of the mid-table teams where 15th plays 12th. The Islander's last game was a heavy 5-0 defeat at Hampton.
Kingstonian v Harrow Borough
Subject to Billericay Town's result a win for the K's in this game would see them move up into the play-off zone. Harrow's 3-0 midweek win over Grays was their first win in eight games - they are without a win on the road in seven games.
Leatherhead v East Thurrock United
The Tanners are without a win in five league games. A tough task here for them against the in-form Rocks and title contenders.
Lewes v VCD Athletic
24th v 23rd in the table - more than likely both sides will be playing Division One football next season and a defeat here would more less seal that for either side.
Metropolitan Police v Farnborough
Farnborough are five points adrift of safety but have shown some fight of late winning two of their last four leagues games. They have also drawn their last two away league games at Dulwich Hamlet and Mertsham. The Met have four draws in their last six games so this one could well end all square as well.
Needham Market v Merstham
The Marketmen are nervously looking over their shoulders hovering just above the drop zone. They are without a win in eight league games - five have been draws - so will need to start to record some wins in their remaining games to stay up. They will look at this game which pits the Division One (North) 14/15 champions versus the Division One (South) play-off winners of 14/15. The visitors have had some good form of late with five wins in their last ten games.
Staines Town v Brentwood Town
New Manager Johnson Hippolyte looks to have got things going at The Swans with two victories in their last two games. Brentwood are 21st in the table and fighting against relegation - they need points from every game but will probably settle for a point here. This is only the second away game for The Blues since the February 1st - the other one ended 1-1 at Burgess Hill Town.
Tonbridge Angels v Wingate & Finchley
The Angels recorded a good 3-1 win against Enfield Town in midweek - Can they make it a 6 point North London double when Wingate and Finchley visit. The home side recorded a 0-1 victory at Wingate in September.
We couldn't finish without mentioning Bognor Regis Town's FA Trophy Semi-Final 1st leg versus Vanarama National League side Grimsby Town. Tickets for the eagerly anticipated game at Nyewood Lane have been selling fast and it looks set to be an amazing occasion. I'm sure all fans of Ryman League teams will be backing The Rocks on their Road to Wembley. The Mariners will be tough opponents as they are in third place in the Vanarama National league and pushing for promotion back to the football league they left in 2010.
COME ON YOU ROCKS!!!