Friday, 17 February 2017
RYMAN PREMIER DIVISION WEEKEND PREVIEW AND FIXTURES
RYMAN PREMIER DIVISION
Burgess Hill Town v Metropolitan Police
Canvey Island v Folkestone Invicta
Dulwich Hamlet v Needham Market
Grays Athletic v Billericay Town
Harrow Borough v Leiston
Havant & Waterlooville v Hendon
Kingstonian v Tonbridge Angels
Lowestoft Town v Leatherhead
Merstham v Harlow Town
Staines Town v AFC Sudbury
Wingate & Finchley v Bognor Regis Town
Worthing v Enfield Town
There are some really intriguing fixtures in the Ryman Premier Division tomorrow. Table topper's Bognor Regis Town are on the road as they travel to fifth placed Wingate and Finchley who got back to winning ways at home to Folkestone Invicta on Tuesday evening in front of just 84 people - Keith Rowland's side were 1-2 down with just five minutes to go but sealed a 3-2 victory with late goals from Reece Beckles-Richards and Rob Laney.
match action from Billericay Town's victory against Needham Market - photo's by @NickyHayesPhoto
Billericay Town's new look squad fired a real warning signal to the rest of the division on Wednesday evening with a 6-0 demolition of second placed Needham Market at The New Lodge. The impressive new look squad which has been assembled with numerous signings since Glenn Tamplin's take-over of the club before Christmas now seems to be clicking with The Blues winning their last five games in a row scoring eighteen goals in the process. They travel to local rival's Grays Athletic tomorrow with another new player in their squad - experienced goalkeeper Alan Julian Julian has signed from Vanarama National side Bromley. The bookmakers make the visitors 8/15 odd's on favourites with Grays at 4/1 in this game - they seem to never get it wrong do they but who would of given Grays any chance in their recent away game at Bognor Regis which they ended up winning 1-2. Craig Edwards side are seven points of the play-off zone - Could they sneak into the top five with a run towards the end of the season? I would say they can only afford to lose one more game in their final fourteen to be played if they have any chance.
Needham Market will look to get back to winning ways but have another tough away day at Dulwich Hamlet who have slipped down to tenth place having drawn three, won two and lost one of their last six league games - Will The Pink and Blues have one eye on their FA Trophy Quarter-Final against Vanarama National League side Macclesfield Town which is scheduled to take place on Saturday 28th February?
Third placed Havant and Waterlooville (still 7/5 title favourites with the bookies) entertain struggling Hendon with fourth placed Tonbridge Angels travelling to Kingstonian (12th) - Angels had a fantastic 3-0 win at home against Enfield Town in midweek which firmly cemented their play-off credentials.
The Towners (7th) have seen their play-off hopes fade, having lost four on their last six games, travel to Worthing (9th) in a game neither side can really afford to lose if they are to have any hope of finishing in the top five. The Rebels have recently lost the services of forward Omar Bugiel who has moved up the pyramid to Vanarama National side Forest Green Rovers. The 23 year old played his first game for Rovers last weekend coming on as substitute in what was a dream debut. He set up the first goal and scored the second in a 2-0 home victory over Boreham Wood.