THE TITLE RACE
THE PLAY OFF RACE
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THE BATTLE TO BEAT THE DROP
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A Hollywood script writer would of struggled to write the last weekend's fixtures of the 2016/17 Ryman Premier Division season. The championship is yet to be decided with Havant & Waterlooville now the favourites following their 1-0 victory over Bognor Regis Town in front of a huge crowd of 3,455* people on Bank Holiday Monday but is there another twist in the title race to come?
SOME IMAGES OF THE MASSIVE CROWD AT HAVANT & WATERLOOVILLE v BOGNOR REGIS TOWN ON BANK HOLIDAY MONDAY courtesy of the excellent Notes From An English County website - well worth a vist.
* Beating League Two crowds at Accrington Stanley (1,652), Barnet (2,507) and Morecambe (1,447). The League One match between Rochdale and Coventry City only drew 3,202!
The Rocks host Metropolitan Police at Nyewood Lane with their visitors hovering above the drop-zone they possibly need points to stay-up. The Hawks are away to a revitalised Kingstonian who are now 'safe' from relegation - barring a mathematically ridiculous set of results The K's will not finish in the bottom four. Under new boss Craig Edwards they are unbeaten in their last four games including three all important victories against Burgess Hill Town, Leiston and Merstham - Ryan Moss has scored four goals in those four games - he didn't play in the 0-0 draw with Worthing. So what looked an easy game for Havant a few weeks ago now is a real tough fixture with the ex Billericay Town boss Edwards relishing a chance of having a say in the title race.
The Met have (maybe crucially) lost their last two games against relegation rivals Leatherhead and Hendon!
623 people saw the Enfield Town v Folkestone Invicta game last Saturday - A similar (hopefully larger!) crowd is expected in their game versus Leiston.
In the race for the play-off spots 5th plays 3rd and 4th plays 6th with all sorts of permutations possible - Who could of made that up? 7th placed Needham Market can still qualify but would have to win their home game with Billericay Town and rely on both Leiston and Wingate & Finchley losing - they would also have to make up a eight goal difference to Wingate so it's a massive ask they would be a big surprise if it did.
At the bottom with AFC Sudbury and Grays Athletic already relegated it's going to be two of Canvey Island, Burgess Hill Town, Folkestone Invicta, Hendon, Metropolitan Police and Harrow Borough who will join them in the drop-zone. Both The Islanders and The Hillians realistically need to win and rely on teams above them losing. Folkestone just above them by one point have a much better goal difference on -10 compared to -22 and -29.
Canvey Island, who did look safe with a run of five wins in February and March, host an already relegated AFC Sudbury with Burgess Hill Town entertaining Merstham who are safely in mid-table 13th position.
Bognor Regis Town v Metropolitan Police
Burgess Hill Town v Merstham
Canvey Island v AFC Sudbury
Enfield Town v Leiston
Grays Athletic v Folkestone Invicta
Hendon v Staines Town
Kingstonian v Havant & Waterlooville
Leatherhead v Harlow Town
Lowestoft Town v Harrow Borough
Needham Market v Billericay Town
Tonbridge Angels v Worthing
Wingate & Finchley v Dulwich Hamlet