|1.||MALDON AND TIPTREE||11||9||2||0||33||13||+20||29||WWWWWW|
|4.||POTTERS BAR TOWN||14||6||6||2||24||17||+7||24||WDWLDL|
|11.||SOHAM TOWN RANGERS||12||5||2||5||26||25||+1||17||LWWWLW|
The only side without a defeat so far are Maldon and Tiptree whom currently head the table. That beat Grays Athletic 2-1 yesterday in a top of the table clash at The Wallace Binder Stadium. It was Athletic's first defeat in seven league games. Terry Spillane's squad (many of whom followed him from Redbridge in the Summer) looks strong and clearly they are real contenders. Ollie Berquez scored both goals for Maldon yesterday. The crowd of 157 was M&T's top league attendance of the season which was no doubt helped by Gray Athletic's large travelling support. The football loving public of both Maldon and Tiptree haven't come out in force to watch the table toppers as yet as prior to yesterday's game they had an average of just 72.
Closely following are Maldon's local rivals Heybridge Swifts and Grays Athletic. What maybe key is that Maldon have a game in hand over both sides and could go eight points clear should they win this game.
The Swifts are bang in form with five wins and a draw in their last six games. They travel to Wroxham this midweek and then go to bottom of the table Ware next Saturday.
Potters Bar Town and Aveley currently make up the top five with Romford (five wins in six) making a move up the table. Cheshunt who had been up in the play-off places have dropped down the table with five defeats in their last six games.
One of the most unexpected results of the season came when Waltham Forest travelled up to Needham Market last Tuesday night and recorded an amazing 1-6 win. The Marketmen, who for the past two seasons have been one of the best teams in the league, have yet to win at home.
It's the first time since the 8th October 2005 that The Stags have scored six goals in a league match. On that day they won 6-2 versus Aveley in a Southern League (Eastern Division) match. Mark Ward, Bai Mass Lette Jallow, Richard Georgiou, Darren Duporte, Paul Armand and Leon Belton-McKenzie scored those goals versus The Millers. On Tuesday night Adrian Clifton, CoreyWhitely, Joel Palmer (2), and Manu Dagher along with an OG sealed the historic win for The Stags. They have been amongst the goals of late as they thrashed Bowers and Pitsea 8-1 in the Essex Senior Cup on the 24th October.
In fact The Stags scoring record of 23 goals in 12 games is more than the 20 they managed in their 42 league games in the 2009/10 season.
Ware are in danger of being cut adrift at the bottom of the table with only three points on the board so far. Redbridge and Ilford are just above them on seven points with a small gap then to AFC Sudbury and Harlow Town. AFC Sudbury were some people's favourites for the title and are somewhat surprisingly struggling so far.
They are currently on a winless run of eleven league and cup games. Their only league wins have come against Harlow Town and Grays Athletic. Yesterday's 0-4 home defeat against Brentwood Town was the fourth time in five games that they have conceded more than four goals.
Ware are without a win and their only points have come in draws against fellow struggler's Redbridge and Ilford along with a surprise 2-2 against Potters Bar Town. The question is when will Ware win?? Their fixture list for the forthcoming two months looks very difficult. Anything other than a win for Heybridge Swifts next Saturday would be a major shock. They then go to Witham Town, who despite being in 17th place, have good home record of three wins, a draw and one loss. Brentwood Town have shown some good form of late with the 4-0 win at AFC Sudbury along with an impressive 0-3 FA Trophy replay win at Lewes. Could those elusive three points come in the home game against Chatham Town who currently only have one win on the road at Ilford??
WARE'S FIXTURE LIST Saturday 10th November - HEYBRIDGE SWIFTS Tuesday 13th November - Witham Town Saturday 17th November - Brentwood Town Saturday 24th November - CHATHAM TOWN Saturday 1st December - Grays Athletic Saturday 8th December - WALTHAM FOREST Saturday 15th December - AFC Sudbury Saturday 22nd December - ILFORD Wednesday 26th December - HARLOW TOWN Saturday 29th December - TilburyThe top crowd so far came at the Tilbury v Grays Athletic local derby on Saturday 13th October which was watched by 421 people. The 34 die-hards who watched Ilford v Wroxham yesterday currently can lay claim to being in the lowest attendance for the season.
KEY GAMES COMING UP IN THE NEXT MONTH
Saturday 10th November
Waltham Abbey v Grays Athletic
Grays will need to bounce back after defeat against M&T but will find it tough at Capershotts. Abbey have a record of 3-1-2 at home so far.
Saturday 17th November
Tilbury v M&T
A tough away trip to Chadfields for Terry Spillane's team.
Wednesday 21st November
Romford v M&T
After Tilbury M&T go to in-form Romford for a midweek game.
Wednesday 5th December
Ilford v Waltham Forest
All roads lead to The Cricklefield Stadium for this big East London derby game.