A South Central- and Trophy- Saturday

By Ian Townsend

Will Sparks fly in the Trophy? In Pitching In Isthmian South Central, we've three sides fighting over top spot. Here's our preview.

Bognor Regis Town welcome Pitching In Isthmian South Central side South Park (Reigate) to Nyewood Lane in the FA Trophy. The Rocks have played nine matches on their own patch in all competitions this season, and are unbeaten, so the Sparks may have to work rather hard to get a result. The visitors have gone four matches without a win, but did draw the last two. They'll look to channel giant killings of yesteryear and make the Third Round for the first time- the last time they reached this stage was that famous trip to Tranmere Rovers.

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Leaders Raynes Park Vale have Southall and Chertsey Town breathing down their necks, so can’t afford to slacken their pace if they want to hold on to top spot. Vale are on the road to Thatcham Town, the Kingfishers buoyant after winning three of their last four. The leaders can do even better, and will be looking to extend a five match winning streak.

Second place Southall welcome Guernsey for a match which kicks off at 1PM, aware that they could be in top spot by the time that their closest rivals take the field. The All have been giving their all in recent weeks, and look to win their sixth consecutive match- whilst the Green Lions will hope for the positive result which might lift them out of the bottom two. The Green Lions haven’t won since the opening day- but they have drawn three of their last four.

Chertsey Town start the weekend in third. The Curfews have what looks to be the toughest task of the top three, as they head to face the side in fifth, Marlow, who are newly reinforced with the arrival of Dave Tarpey from Leatherhead. Chertsey have won their last six, and will be full of confidence- whilst Marlow have an almost comparable winning streak, and will reach six if they can record a home victory.

Leatherhead hope that Fetcham Grove has finally dried out as they look to improve upon their current fourth place. Ashford Town, and former Tanners boss Luke Tuffs, make the journey. With two four-nil wins in a row under their belts the Tanners look to be back to their best, but they’ve actually been better on the road than on their own patch so far this season. The travelling Tangerines are five without a win.

Badshot Lea have been in superb form. Thirteen games in all competitions have seen only one defeat- and that on penalties- as the Baggies have finished acclimatising to Step Four and look to have become genuine promotion challengers. A win at Uxbridge could even see them climb into the top five, although their hosts, only three points further back, will have other ideas- and given their last two wins have been immediately followed with two defeats are due a W this weekend.

Hartley Wintney have top five aspirations, and start the weekend two points away from a play off spot. They welcome Ascot United, the Yellas struggling to find a victory and having slipped to sixteenth accordingly, with one win and five defeats from their last six in the league. The hosts have taken seven points from their last nine and will hope to add to that.

Corinthian-Casuals, two points above the bottom two, welcome Hanworth Villa to Tolworth- please note, if you’re travelling by road, there’s a diversion, so please check Casuals Twitter feed for details. Casuals have two draws and two defeats from their last four and may need a win to stay out of the bottom two, whilst the Villains have only one defeat from their last ten and are beginning to resemble the side who shocked so many of their rivals last season to reach the Play Off Final.

Westfield welcome Chipstead, twelfth v thirteenth. With five wins- and two defeats- from seven, Field have been in good form, whilst the Chips have lost their last three and slipped down the table. Their problem has been at the back- only the bottom three have conceded more goals- whilst they’ve scored more than anyone else in the bottom half of the table, including their hosts.

Northwood play host to Metropolitan Police. Woods ended a run of twelve matches without a win in League and Cups by defeating Chipstead last time around, whilst the boys in blue, two points further back, have seen a run of eight matches come and go without a victory.

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Where next?

A South East- and Trophy- Saturday Millers and Cannons face National League South Trophy tests, whilst the Rams and Bridges battle for Pitching In Isthmian South East supremacy
A North-and Trophy- Saturday Redbridge travel to Hereford in the Trophy, whilst Lowestoft have the chance to open up a seven point lead in Pitching In Isthmian North. Here's our preview.

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