A big night at both ends!

By Ian Townsend

We’ve got Billericay, Enfield Town and Horsham chasing promotion, Concord Rangers and Kingstonian fighting relegation, and Potters Bar in good form. Oh, and a Cup Quarter Final at Whitehawk…

With three defeats from four Billericay Town’s grasp on a Pitching In Isthmian Premier play off place is looking more shaky than it was a few weeks ago, and their title chances seem to have departed altogether, with sixteen points between them and the leaders. The Blues will be desperate to get back to winning ways this evening as they travel to Concord Rangers, whilst their hosts need the points for an even more crucial reason- they currently sit seven points from safety, although they have a colossal six matches in hand over fifth bottom Margate.

Rangers have become rather difficult to defeat- indeed they’ve lost only two of their last seven, which doesn’t look like relegation form- but on the other hand they’ve only won one of their last seven, a statistic which has relegation form writ large all over it. They’ve become very good at delivering draws, but will probably need more than that if they are to deliver salvation. The sides will meet again on April 1st.

Fifth place Enfield Town could climb to fourth if they can defeat bottom side Kingstonian- but by the same token the Towners will be aware that, just up the road, Horsham can replace them in the top five if they can better their result at Potters Bar. Town haven’t been in the best of form, with only one win from seven, but the optimists amongst their faithful would perhaps point out that they’ve taken four points from their last two matches and are regaining their swagger! The travelling K’s victory over Bognor Regis Town on Saturday was their first win since the end of September, and they find themselves nine points from safety, but could point out that they have three games in hand over fifth bottom Margate! Another K’s win would certainly have their fans dreaming of a great escape, and they did win at the QEII Stadium last season, but their first meeting of this campaign ended with a three-two win for the ten man Towners.

Horsham have been in fine form, and find themselves outside the top five only on goal difference and with two games in hand. The Hornets, who are eight unbeaten and have won five of their last six, have a tricky trip around the M25 to take on Potters Bar Town. The Scholars have taken as many points from their last ten matches- nineteen- as the Hornets, and indeed if the league table was only calculated from those ten matches would be above their visitors on goal difference! They have a three match unbeaten run to defend, and will be delighted to be back in action after postponements have left them kicking their heels for a fortnight. Of the last nine meetings between the sides, Horsham have won seven, Town only one. Postponed

The Velocity Cup Quarter Final sees Whitehawk welcome Haringey Borough to the south coast. The Hawks seem to have turned around their league form, three unbeaten, whilst Borough have gone eight without a victory but will perhaps see this is a distraction from their relegation fight. The last time that Borough visited the Enclosed Ground, in October, they suffered a rather typical late defeat, going from a goal up with six minutes left to two-one down at the end. The sides met ten days ago at Coles Park, and again there was a late Hawks goal, this one earning just a point.

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