Thursday, 3 March 2016


Brentwood Town v Billericay Town
Brentwood's boss Mike Flanagan will be hopefully his side can continue on from their 2-1 home victory over Harrow Borough on Tuesday evening. Since he took over they have become harder to beat losing just three games in nine (33.33%) compared to fourteen in twenty-two prior to his appointment (63.64%) - they will have start winning more games if they have any chance of avoiding the drop as they have just two victories in those nine games. Their visitors are play-off contenders currently in sixth place - they will not want a repeat of the 1-1 draw the two sides recorded on Saturday 16th January.

East Thurrock United v Tonbridge Angels
A huge game at Rookery Hill as table topper's East Thurrock United welcome third placed Tongbridge Angels. A home win would put them nine points ahead of the Kent side with an away victory putting the Angels just three points below them. If you can have "relegation six pointers" then surely you can have a "title race six pointer" - this is surely one of them. Tonbridge will be in a confident mood following their 1-0 home victory over Hampton last weekend. East Thurrock were 0-2 up on 90 minutes in their game versus Dulwich at Champion Hill last weekend but it (incredibly) ended 2-2. They went back to winning ways on Monday evening with a 0-3 win at relegation threatened Farnborough.

Farnborough v Grays Athletic
The home side are seven points off of safety with games rapidly running out. They have to start winning games if they have any chance of finishing outside of the bottom four which they have occupied for most of the season. The visitors are one of a group of teams in with a chance of the play-offs. Defeat or a draw would put a serious dent in their hopes. 

Hampton & Richmond Borough v Canvey Island
One of the title favourites who lost an important game at Tonbridge Angels last Saturday. Canvey have won their last two games and like to score a goal - Twelve in their last four league games! Joe Keith, who was coach at East Thurrock United, has recently joined as Assistant Manager. Could The Islanders spring a surprise?

Harrow Borough v Leiston
Harrow sit nine points above the relegation zone so are probably safe but they are currently on a run of six defeats in a row so could drop down further with a defeat against Leiston. Despite a run of four wins in eleven games since the turn of the year The Suffolk side still have a chance of reaching the play-offs. In their first twenty-five games Leiston lost seven (28%) but since have lost five in eleven (45.45%). 

Leatherhead v Needham Market
On 44 points from 33 games The Tanners are looking set to finish in mid-table respectability. Needham have only 8 wins from their 36 games played and are only five points above the relegation zone. Needham are without a win in seven league games - three of those have finished 0-0. 

Lewes v Hendon
Hendon have hit form of late which has taken them away from the threat of relegation - they have five wins in their last eight games which compared to just seven in their first twenty-seven games is some improvement. Lewes still have thirty points to play for but are still anchored to the bottom of the table. It's looking increasingly likely that Division One (South) football will be played at The Dripping Pan for the 2016/17 campaign. 

Metropolitan Police v Enfield Town
Town's new signing in midfielder Billy Crook makes a quick return to Imber Court. The Met haven't won in five league games but three of those have been draws so they are a difficult team to beat. A victory would take The Towners to five wins from their last five games played.

Staines Town v Merstham
The Swans, under the new management of Johnson Hippolyte, should win enough games in their last eleven to keep them safe from the threat of a second relegation in as many seasons. Mertsham are firmly in mid-table and will be well pleased at their first campaign at Step Three of the non-league ladder.

VCD Athletic v Bognor Regis Town
The Trophy heroes and in form team make the trip to Kent to face relegation threatened VCD Athletic. Will The Rocks back four be able to cope with the aerial threat of Ricky Sappleton? 

Wingate & Finchley v Dulwich Hamlet
Hamlet came back from 0-2 down to draw 2-2 at home to East Thurrock United last weekend. Wingate are currently in 12th place so it looks as though their play-off hopes have faded but they are still well capable of beating a Dulwich side who are without a win in four league games and have also let in ten goals.

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