A Titanic Top Two Tussle!

By Ian Townsend

We’ve Chertsey, Marlow and Southall in action at the top, Binfield looking to restart their great escape, Ashford and Northwood looking over their shoulders, Met and Thatcham hoping to climb- on our South Central Tuesday

Our big match in Pitching In Isthmian South Central comes from the Alfred Davis Ground tonight, as second place Marlow welcome the side seven points ahead of them, leaders Chertsey Town. Marlow have been in superb form of late and manager Mark Bartley has expressed his confidence that his side can overhaul the Curfews and take the title- and it’s unsurprising that he’s confident after ten unbeaten matches which include nine wins. The visitors, however, have exactly the same ten match record- and they make the trip after winning nine in a row, and unbeaten for TWENTY THREE games, their last defeat coming on September 16th, more than five months ago. A home win would certainly make the title race interesting, particularly given the sides meet again at Alwyns Lane in ten days time- but we’ll be surprised if Town don’t have some objection to that!

Third place Southall are on the road to take on ninth place Thatcham Town. The All have slipped to eight points behind the leaders having played two games more, but could climb back to second with victory if Marlow lose. They’ve become rather inconsistent, with only two wins from six, but you have to expect their talented squad to pick up once more in the near future, and the hosting Kingfishers will need to be on their guard. That said, until their unexpected capitulation at Northwood on Saturday Town were in good form- indeed, they’d won their previous three matches- and they certainly shouldn’t be underestimated. The last time the sides met, The All won one-nil, a Harvey Harry goal- and of course Harvey is now back with the Kingfishers!

Binfield are six points from safety- although given where the Moles were only a few weeks ago that already seems rather miraculous. With only one defeat from seven they have given themselves hope of a great escape, and tonight they welcome Northwood, the Woods eleven points better off having played two games fewer. Tonights visitors were in full flow when hitting Thatcham for four at the weekend, and will hope that they’ve turned a corner- but their last three victories have been followed by defeat, so they will need to be on their guard if they are to avoid a repetition of that history. The sides have already met three times this season, Woods winning four-one in the league and one-nil in the FA Cup after an initial draw.

Finally, Ashford Town will be looking nervously at second bottom Binfield, the Moles six points behind them. The Tangerines have taken only two points from the last thirty available to them, and indeed have only one win from their last eighteen- that coming just before Christmas against Corinthian-Casuals. Tonight they host Met Police, the Boys in Blue nine points and four places better off and full of beans after winning three of their last four. The sides are scheduled to meet again on the last day of the season.

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