Can Marlow, Swans or Stoke close the gap on Northwood?

Can Marlow, Swans or Stoke close the gap on Northwood?

Our leaders Northwood lost heavily to second-placed Marlow last time out, but they still have a four-point lead and will be hoping to maintain or extend it when South Park come calling. Woods has had a good season and remains unbeaten at home – indeed only one team, Chipstead, have even come away with a point. The Sparks have slipped a bit, with five defeats from their last six in all competitions, but are still just one point off the play-off places. Last season, the visitors won both of the teams’ matches – by an aggregate score of eight-two.

Marlow are also on the road as they head to west London to face Uxbridge. Marlow have just one defeat in seven, but with just a point between second and fourth they will be focusing not only on shipping Northwood but also staying ahead of Walton & Hersham and Basingstoke Town. Uxbridge have had some magnificent moments this season, although many of them have come in knock out competitions. They will be hoping not to be distracted by their upcoming FA Trophy tie at Dagenham & Redbridge as we suspect they also have promotion aspirations. Start at 12.30.

Walton and third-placed Hersham have generally been excellent at home, but unfortunately for Swans fans, it is away where they have been much more vulnerable. The side looking to take advantage of any vulnerability will be Southall, who could break into the top five if they can pick up three points. The two clubs will tire of seeing each other – this is the third meeting of the campaign – but Hall will be the sickest, having lost the previous two in the Trophy and Velocity Cup, the latter of those defeats coming recently. like on Monday when the Swans triumphed on penalties.

Basingstoke Town have climbed to third place having won five of their last six and will be looking for a fifth win in a row when Guernsey visit. The Green Lions are fourth from bottom and have failed to pick up a single win at home, meaning nine of their eleven points have come on the road. If only away points counted, they would be in fourteenth place! It starts at 2.

Binfield look to be returning to their early season form, winning three of their last four and climbing into the top five. They could have a tough afternoon though as they travel to Chipstead, with the Chips unbeaten in five games and winning their last three, scoring eleven goals in the process. Chipstead might be twelfth at the start of the game, but the table is so tight that they are just five points behind Moles.

Sixth-placed Chertsey Town saw their four-match unbeaten run come to an end at Chipstead last time out, and have had two weeks since then to get going. Curfews travel to face a Merstham side who finally got a win last time out and indeed, with one defeat in four, are on their best run of the season so far. Another win could do more than lift the Moatsiders from the bottom – it could even lift them out of the bottom four.

Westfield have lost their way a bit of late with just two points from their last twelve, but the Woking side travel to Sutton Common Rovers just a point off the play-off places. Rovers have won just one of their last five in the league but claimed a Velocity Cup win at Binfield on Monday.

Bedfont Sports host Hanworth Villa. The Villains were on a good run – six unbeaten – until they were knocked down by five-goal Chipstead last time out, while Sports are suddenly looking up on four points from their last two games. A win at Villa could see them climb up to fifth, a win in Sport may be needed to keep them out of the bottom four.

Leatherhead welcome Tooting and Mitcham United, fifteenth play nineteenth. The Tanners have won just one of their last four and have yet to find consistency, but this is a story the Terrors could tell even better with one win in six – and just two wins all season – and a that looks like her second ass.

Finally, Ashford Town travel to Thatcham Town. The Tangerines have a nine-point lead over their hosts, but neither are in top form, with the Kingfishers just one win from their last seven, with Ashford returning to winning ways last weekend after four successive defeats.

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