|BOGNOR REGIS TOWN||12||+2||21||11|
|BURGESS HILL TOWN||13||0||21||9|
|WINGATE AND FINCHLEY||11||+9||20||7|
|HAMPTON AND RICHMOND BOROUGH||12||0||20||11|
|EAST THURROCK UNITED||10||+3||13||6|
A clear indication on how close the Ryman Premier Division is this season is by taking a look a two of the midweek results. On Tuesday evening eighteenth placed East Thurrock United comfortably beat league leader's Leiston by an impressive scoreline of 4-0 which gave seocnd placed Grays Athletic a chance to go top on Wednesday. The Essex side travelled to Leatherhead who were without a win in eight league and cup games. The Tanners somewhat unexpected 3-0 victory moved them up to sixteenth position in the table. It was only Leiston and Grays second defeats of their campaign so far.
Although early days there is a clear gap starting to form between the current bottom four and the rest of the league although Farnborough have a number of games in hand folllowing their late start to playing. Both of the bottom two - VCD Athletic and Needham Market - are yet to win in the league with just 4 and 5 points at present. The Vickers draws have come against teams in the bottom half - Needham Market, Lewes and Met Police - alongside Hampton and Richmond Borough. It doesn't get any easier for the Kent side as they travel to Dulwich Hamlet at the weekend.
Needham have had four of their draws away from home - versus VCD, Billericay Town, Tonbridge Angels and Burgess Hill Town as well as a 2-2 at home to table topper's Leiston. Could The Marketmen get their first win at home to fellow struggler's Lewes on Saturday? The Rooks have one solitary victory to their name being a 4-0 home victory over Hampton and Richmond Borough. Their poor start to the season has seen them part company with manager Steve Brown with Jay Lovett, Martin Hinshelwood and Steve Eke taking charge on a temporary basis whilst the search for a new boss takes place. They narrowly lost 0-1 at home to Tonbridge Angels on Wednesday evening. A draw in Saturday's game will be no good for either side.
With just six points seperating the current top eleven it's looking to be a very close race for the title and play-offs where any team putting together a decent run of results can put themselves in with a shout.
FRIDAY 2nd OCTOBER
Grays Athletic v Kingstonian
SATURDAY 3rd OCTOBER
Billericay Town v Staines Town
Bognor Regis Town v Harrow Borough
Burgess Hill Town v Wingate & Finchley
Canvey Island v Brentwood Town
Dulwich Hamlet v VCD Athletic
Enfield Town v Leatherhead
Hendon v Metropolitan Police
Leiston v Hampton & Richmond Borough
Merstham v East Thurrock United
Needham Market v Lewes
Tonbridge Angels v Farnborough
This weekend's fixtures start with a fantastic game in prospect under the floodlights at The Mill Field as Grays Athletic get the chance to get back to winning ways just 48 hours after their defeat against Leatherhead. Kingstonian (one of the form teams of the division) are the visitors so it'll be a stern test for Mark Bentley's side. The K's have four victories, one draw and just one defeat in their last six games. The home side are just odds on for the win with the bookmakers at 11/13 with an away victory rated at 14/5 - if you fancy the game to end all square you can get odds of 37/13.
BET365.COM have Grays Athletic at 5/1 favourites for the title closely followed by Dulwich Hamlet at 6/1, Leiston at 13/2, Tonbridge Angels at 7/1, Staines Town at 10/1 and Harrow Borough at 12/1.
TWO EX URCHINS HEAD THE RACE FOR THE GOLDEN BOOT
In the race for the Premier Division golden boot Canvey Island's Martin Tuhoy currently has 11 goals followed by Lewis Smith of East Thurrock United on 10 with Dumebi Dumaka (Grays Athletic) and Jason Prior (Bognor Regis Town) on 9. Luke Blewden of Tonbridge and Marc Charles-Smith of Harrow Borough are on 8 goals. Both Tuhoy and Smith are ex AFC Hornchurch players who are currently in third place in Division One (North).
All of the top four are at home this weekend so if you fancy them all to win you can get odds of just over 5/1 with bookmakers for a four fold accumulator. Although with the unpredicatable way results have been going it's probably better you keep your money in your pocket - Remember to gamble responsibly.