Worthing find themselves five points clear at the top of the Isthmian Premier Division and will approach their latest test with confidence as they anticipate the visit of 18th placed Cheshunt Saturday afternoon. Worthing have more than double their opponent’s point’s tally so far this campaign and know a win will build further belief that they can end the season on top-spot.
Title rivals Folkstone Invicta face Corinthian-Casuals knowing anything less than a win could see Worthing pull away out of sight. Folkstone Invicta will need to show drastic signs of improvement from their latest showings, without a win in three and go into the tie off the back of a 4-3 defeat at Bognor Regis.
There is also a relegation dogfight on the cards as bottom side Wingate & Finchley welcome second bottom Brightlingsea Regent. Just two points separate the sides, the hots will see this as good a chance as any to lift themselves out of the basement of the table. An interesting statistic to note going into the game, Wingate & Fichley possess the second worst defensive record in the league, but Brightlingsea Regent are the divisions worst at finding the net.
In the isthmian South-Central division League Leaders Westfield F.C welcome 7th placed Barking in a tie that if Westfield run out victors will see them maintain their position on top spot. It is a very tight affair up at the top end of the South-Central division, with just four points separating the top four teams. Westfield have been a cut above the rest in terms of making themselves difficult to beat. Succumbing to defeat just twice, however, the stars have aligned perfectly as one of the two teams who HAVE beaten Westfield this year is Barking – who ran out 2-0 victors when the sides met back in October.
At the opposite end of the table, rock-bottom Ashford Town welcome 11th placed Harlow town. With a goal difference of -39, Ashford Town have had serious issues at both ends of the pitch. Shipping 60 goals they have the second worst defensive record in the league – but it is finding the net where they are at their most dire. Notching just 21 goals this campaign, they are also bottom of the scoring charts. Harlow come into the tie in terrible form, picking up one win in their last six efforts placing them 16th in the form table.
Waltham Abbey will fancy their chances of breaking into the top five when they take on Northwood Town at home this Saturday. Northwood have lost all six of their last fixtures, and won’t make the trip to Abbey with much confidence scoring just twice in those games. Tooting & Mitcham will be aiming to strengthen their bid for the top four when they travel to Wheatsheaf Park to take on a Staines Town side that find themselves sitting in 18th without a win in six.
Meanwhile in the Isthmian North Division Heybridge Swifts look to tighten their grip on top spot and extend on their two-point cushion. They will go into Saturday’s tie brimming with confidence as they welcome 18th placed Basildon United, who approach the game without having found the net in their last three attempts.
Maldon & Tiptree don’t find themselves with league duty until next weekend, after they fell to a shock 2-1 defeat at home to Tilbury ending their impressive unbeaten run. Bottom-placed Romford don’t feature until Monday when Glenn Tamplin’s side take on Hullbridge Sports in a game that is vital to their survival hopes. Already eight points adrift, Romford simply can not afford any more slip-ups if they want to get themselves off the foot of the table.
Tilbury welcome Bury Town in a contest that see’s fifth meet fourth respectively. The Dockers will be in high spirits after their fantastic victory over Maldon and Tiptree last weekend and know a win will see them leapfrog their guests into fourth.
Over in the Isthmian South East division, leaders Hastings United will be aiming to increase their already significant gap over second placed Ashford United when they travel to Sevenoaks Town. Hastings haven’t conceded a goal in their last three fixtures, whilst Sevenoaks sit 13th in the form table after picking up just one win in six. 2nd take on 5th when Ashford United visit Cray Valley with 3 points being essential for both. Ashford need the win to keep the pressure on Hastings whilst Cray Valley could potentially go above Whyteleafe into 4th with a win themselves.
Down the other end of the table, 20th placed East Grinstead Town welcome Ramsgate as the hosts try to cut the deficit at the bottom to just two points if they secure their first win of the season. 20 games in and without a victory, East Grinstead Town find themselves five points adrift at the foot of the table. A win for Ramsgate will potentially see them level on points with Three Bridges as they try and climb up the table.
Josh O’Brien is one of our sports journalists. He currently studies a multimedia sports journalism degree at the UCFB Wembley campus. His previous roles include writing for You are my Arsenal blog, The Sun’s Dream Team app and betting company Kwiff.