Saturday, 11 March 2017
RYMAN PREMIER DIVISION WEEKEND FIXTURES & PREVIEW
Billericay Town v Burgess Hill Town
Canvey Island v Grays Athletic
Dulwich Hamlet v Merstham
Folkestone Invicta v Wingate & Finchley
Harrow Borough v Worthing
Havant & Waterlooville v AFC Sudbury
Leatherhead v Hendon
Leiston v Bognor Regis Town
Lowestoft Town v Kingstonian
Metropolitan Police v Harlow Town
Needham Market v Enfield Town
Staines Town v Tonbridge Angels
With most teams having around nine or ten games to play and the business end of the season fast approaching every game now seems to be a must win one for many teams in the Ryman Premier Division.
The current table toppers are Bognor Regis Town who make the long trip from West Sussex to Suffolk tomorrow to face sixth placed Leiston who won their first game in eight on Tuesday evening against fellow play-off chaser's Tonbridge Angels - Former Grays Athletic, VCD Athletic, Hendon and Wingate & Finchley player Niko Muir-Merchant got both goals.
Second placed Havant & Waterlooville entertain AFC Sudbury who with their recent dip in form are in real danger of returning to D1N which they left as Champions last season. Their last victory in the league away from home came back on Tuesday 29th November when they won 2-3 at Billericay Town. It's since been eight games without a win.
Third placed Needham Market are five points off of top spot and with both Bognor and Havant having games in hand it's looking more and more like they will be finishing in a play-off spot but miss out on the title. They host Enfield Town (7th) who need a victory to keep hold of their outside hopes of a play-off spot.
At the bottom of the table there are two relegation six-pointers as Canvey Island (20th) host bottom side Grays Athletic - this was a Conference fixture back in 2005/06 and now the two Essex rivals are looking at possible demotion to Step Four of the non-league ladder. Canvey have given themselves a real chance of staying up with four wins in their last six games and just one defeat.
Leatherhead (23rd) host Hendon (22nd) who will be in a confident mood following their excellent win over big spending Billericay Town on Tuesday evening. The Tanners only have one win in their last six games and are six points off of safety.
Havant are still the title favourites with the boookies who make them 4/6 on - they are best priced 6/17 to win at home to AFC Sudbury (who are 71/10) tomorrow.