We asked supporters of our Isthmian League clubs to preview the new season, reflect on the old and predict the final outcome. Their predicted 1-20 (or 22) will be worked into a final table which you will see just before the big kick off.
We’re off to the Pitching In South Central Division, where Glyn Jones tells us about his hopes for Hanwell Town.
1. How do you feel about the return of football?
I’m really looking forward to the start of the season. It will be great to get back up and running.
2. The world has changed enormously since you were last able to watch a live football match. Will the pandemic change your approach to watching the game- will you attend as many matches as you used to, and spend as much time at the ground/in the clubhouse, etc?
I think the way that clubs adhere to the guidelines will affect how much time I would spend in the grounds. Certainly I hope to attend as many games as possible.
3. Last season had many exciting moments before its premature end. What was your favourite moment?
Two backs-to-the-wall one nil wins at Tooting and Mitcham United and Barking. The Tooting match saw an early penalty give us the lead, and it was another penalty, early in the second half, that did the job at Barking.
4. And what was your worst moment?
The FA Cup defeat against Staines Town. We played with 10 men for most of the game, missed a penalty at 2-2 in the last minute, and then Staines scored immediately to knock us out.
5. How will you do this season?
Hopefully the play offs. We’ve kept the nucleus of the team that did so well last season.
6. Which matches are you most looking forward to going to- and why?
The FA Cup and FA Trophy matches, for the chance to visit new grounds.
7. What is your favourite away ground?
Tooting and Mitcham United, a large ground with a great atmosphere.
8. Who do you consider your biggest rivals- and why?
Traditionally, Uxbridge and Northwood.
9. What advice would you give to any away supporter visiting you for the first time?
Make a day of it. It’s twenty minutes to Central London from nearby Perivale tube station, and there are lots of places of interest around Ealing. We’re one bus from Ealing Broadway station where the central, district line and TFL rail all stop.
10. Who is your favourite player of all time (for your club)- and why?
I’ve got a few- but it has to be Gareth Chendlik. Over the lockdown period he spent hours at the club improving the facilities. He also ended the season as top goal scorer!
11. Who will be in the top five at the end of the season?
Bracknell Town, Hanwell Town, Chertsey Town, Ware, Uxbridge
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