It's still not all quite over in the fight for the title in the Ryman Premier Division although Whitehawk must now considered as strong favourites. Neither Wealdstone or Lowestoft Town can afford to drop points in their remaining games.
There are a number of permutations especially as Wealdstone host Lowestoft Town next Tuesday evening. Should The Hawks win at Leiston on Sunday they will move to a total of 85 points meaning The Stones would be unable to catch them and The Trawler Boys only be able to equal their points total with a +13 goal difference to make up. This, of course, depends on the results of Lowestoft's games at Thurrock (Thursday night) and Bognor Regis Town (Saturday) combined with The Stone's result at Carshalton Athletic on Saturday. Should Whitehawk trip up on their Suffolk Sunday journey to Leiston they have another chance to get over the line on the final day of the season at home to East Thurrock United who themselves will probably need a win to keep they play-off hopes alive.
CURRENT RYMAN PREMIER DIVISION - 4th PLACE to 13th place
|EAST THURROCK UNITED||38||+16||61||73|
|BOGNOR REGIS TOWN||38||-5||53||65|
In the race for the third and fourth play-off place it's shaping up to be a exciting business end of the season. Concord are near enough there with one more victory probably being enough to secure them a place with the fourth place really up for grabs with many teams involved as far down at Bognor Regis Town in thirteenth place. The Rocks chances, of course, are minimal as those of Leiston, Kingstonian, Hendon, Bury Town and Margate probably are...Margate looked good for a play off place but five defeats in row have all but mathematically ended their chances. Looking at the table now it seems the fourth place will go to either Canvey Island, East Thurrock United or Metropolitan Police.
The Met host Bognor Regis Town tonight at Imber Court in an important game. The Rocks will want to put a dent in the home side's play-off chances and may see it as a little bit of friendly revenge as the Met pipped them to the Division One (South) title in 2010/11.
Five Random Facts about the season so far
1) East Thurrock United have won 15 of their 38 games so far and could be in line for a play-off place. Enfield Town have won 12 of their 39 games so far and are still not safe from the threat of relegation.
2) Hastings United are the team with the least amount of goals on 36 in their 37 games. Whitehawk have scored 85 in their 40 games.
3) Hastings United have only lost 6 games at their home ground which is the same as play-off chasing Concord Rangers.
4) Metropolitan Police have the lowest average crowd at 142 with Lowestoft Town the highest at 604. The highest attendance was the 883 people who attended Lewes v Bognor Regis Town on Boxing Day with the lowest coming on Tuesday 26th February when only 65 people watched Concord Rangers play Lowestoft Town.
5) Enfield Town's highest league position came after two games (remember those all important victories at Lewes and at home to Wingate and Finchley) when we were in fourth position.