Chasing pack hunt down Harwich lead

While Harwich & Parkeston Reserves lead the way with a 7-point gap, a chasing pack with games in-hand are looking to chase them down and claim the title for themselves.

Harwich & Parkeston Reserves (PPG: 2.58 – 2nd)

Harwich & Parkeston Reserves sit top with 31-points after 12-games, holding a 7-point gap over Lawford Lads Reserves. The Reserves started the season with a 7-game unbeaten run as they beat Brightlingsea Town, Gas Recreation Reserves, Harwich Rangers, Hatfield Peverel Reserves, Oyster and Dedham Old Boys Reserves while drawing with Lawford Lads Reserves before that run was brought to an end by Cavendish. Harwich embarked on another good run of form to end 2020 as they beat Tiptree Jobserve Reserves, Great Bentley Reserves, Dedham Old Boy Reserves and Gas Recreation Reserves to go 4-games on the bounce with a win and open the gap up at the top. Upon a return to action, Harwich & Parkeston Reserves will hope to extend that gap and continue on their unbeaten run as they look to reach Division One.

Lawford Lads Reserves (PPG: 2.18 – 3rd)

Lawford Lads Reserves have 24-points after 11-games. Lawford began the season with a 8-game unbeaten run as they beat Cavendish, Stanway Athletic, Dedham Old Boys Reserves, Oyster and Brantham Athletic A while drawing with Oyster, Harwich & Parkeston Reserves and St Osyth but that was brought to an end by Tollesbury, losing 6-1. They returned to winning ways to that scoreline as they beat Harwich Rangers. Lawford Lads Reserves will hope to turn the draws into wins as they look to close the gap from 7-points while also continuing on their unbeaten run.

Cavendish (PPG: 2.6 – 1st)

Cavendish sit level on points with Lawford Lads but having played two-games less which put them in a strong points position, going into the second half of the season. They began the season with a two-game winning run as they beat Brantham Athletic and Tollesbury before they were beaten by Lawford Lads Reserves. They returned to winning ways as they won 5 on the bounce; beating Rowhedge, Hatfield Peverel Reserves, Harwich & Parkeston Reserves, St Osyth and Brightlingsea Town (Twice!). When they return to action, Cavendish will hope to use their games in-hand to their advantage as they also look to hunt down the title.

Tollesbury (PPG: 2.1 – 4th)

Tollesbury sit 3-points behind 2nd and 3rd but having played 10-games. Although they began with a win over Harwich Rangers, Tollesbury suffered a defeat in their second game of the season as they were beaten by Cavendish before embarking on a 8-game unbeaten run. On that run, they beat Hatfield Peverel Reserves, St Osyth, Stanway Athletic, Tiptree Jobserve Reserves and Lawford Lads Reserves while they drew against Tiptree Jobserve Reserves, Oyster and Brantham Athletic A. Although they sit 10-points behind the league leaders, Tollesbury will hope to reduce that deficit to 4-points with their games in-hand before really hunting down the title.

Tiptree Jobserve Reserves (PPG: 1.54 – 9th)

Tiptree Jobserve Reserves sit 5th after 11-games but they would have hoped to have more than 17-points at this stage. They started the season with 6-games unbeaten as they beat Oyster, Brightlingsea Town, Harwich Rangers and Stanway Athletic while drawing with Tollesbury. That unbeaten run was brought to an end as they were beaten by league leaders Harwich & Parkeston Reserves before briefly returning to winning ways as they beat Brantham Athletic A but it was short lived as they were beaten by Hatfield Peverel Reserves. Before the break, they lost a further two as they were beaten by Tollesbury and Hatfield Peverel Reserves (again!). Tiptree will hope to get back to winning ways on the pitch as they look to finish as high as possible.

Hatfield Peverel Reserves (PPG: 1.6 – 8th)

Hatfield Peverel Reserves sit 6th and a point behind Tiptree Jobserve having played a game less. They didn’t have the best start to the season as they picked up a single point from their opening 5-games as they drew with Rowhedge while losing to Great Bentley Reserves, Harwich & Parkeston Reserves, Tollesbury and Cavendish but brought the unwanted run to an end as they put 5 past Tiptree Jobserve Reserves to claim their first victory of the season before adding to that by doing the double over Tiptree with a 3-0 victory. Hatfield will hope they can put better performances together as they look to be on the right end of a scoreline and rise up the table.

Gas Recreation Reserves (PPG: 1.66 – 6th)

After 9-games, Gas Recreation Reserves sit 7th. After winning the first game of the season against St Osyth and losing the game that followed to Harwich & Parkeston Reserves. Gas Rec Reserves won 3-games on the bounce as they beat Harwich Rangers, Great Bentley Reserves and Stanway Athletic Reserves before facing another defeat against Hatfield Peverel Reserves before being beaten by Lawford Lads Reserves. They returned to winning ways against St Osyth but fell to defeat before the break as they were beaten by Harwich & Parkeston Reserves. Gas Recreation hope to return to winning ways as they look to rise up the table upon the return of football.

Great Bentley Reserves (PPG: 1.66 – 7th)

Great Bentley Reserves sit level on points with Gas Recreation Reserves after the same amount of games but having a -2 worse off goal-difference. The season began with a 3-game winning run as they got a home walkover over Stanway Athletic before beating both Hatfield Peverel Reserves and St Osyth before they were beaten themselves by Gas Recreation Reserves. They returned to winning ways as they beat Oyster but were beaten by Harwich & Parkeston Reserves before a win over St Osyth was not enough to spark a good run of form as they lost two on the bounce; facing defeat to Rowhedge and Brightlingsea Town. Great Bentley Reserves will hope to find some good form as they look to rise up the table.

Rowhedge (PPG: 1.71 – 5th)

Rowhedge sit 9th but have a good points total after just 7-games. The season for Rowhedge began with three draws as they were held by Hatfield Peverel Reserves, Brightlingsea Town and Dedham Old Boys Reserves before facing defeat against Cavendish. They followed that with their first win of the season as they beat Harwich Rangers before adding a further two wins against Oyster and Great Bentley Reserves. Rowhedge will hope to continue their winning run while rising up the table with their games in-hand on the teams around them.

Brightlingsea Town (PPG: 1.11 – 10th)

Brightlingsea Town sit 10th after 9-games. The season began with a loss for Town as they were beaten by Harwich & Parkeston Reserves before they picked up their first points of the season with a draw against Rowhedge and a win over Oyster but that was shortly followed by a loss to Tiptree Jobserve Reserves. Brightlingsea Town returned to winning ways as they beat Brantham Athletic A but that lasted a short time before they lost 3-games on the bounce; losing to Dedham Old Boys Reserves and Cavendish (twice!) before they beat Great Bentley Reserves 5-0. Brightlingsea will hope to build upon their win over Great Bentley as they look to rise up the table.

Dedham Old Boys Reserves (PPG: 1 – 11th)

Dedham Old Boys Reserves sit level on points with Brightlingsea but having played a game more. Dedham Old Boys Reserves remained unbeaten in their opening four-games as they beat Brantham Athletic A while drawing with Tiptree Jobserve Reserves, Rowhedge and St Osyth before they lost to Harwich & Parkeston Reserves. While they picked up another point against Oyster, the Reserves picked up another three points either side of losses to Lawford Lads Reserves and Harwich & Parkeston Reserves before losing against Stanway Athletic. Dedham Old Boys Reserves will hope to find some form and turn draws into wins as they look to move up the table.

Stanway Athletic (PPG: 0.7 – 12th)

Stanway Athletic have won twice in 10-games, putting them 12th. Athletic were on the losing side in a home-walkover against Great Bentley Reserves before they picked up their first point of the season as they drew with St Osyth. Although they followed the draw with a victory over Brantham Athletic A, they were on the wrong end of a losing streak as they lost 6 on the bounce; facing defeat to Lawford Lads Reserves, Gas Recreation Reserves, Tiptree Jobserve Reserves, Tollesbury, Hatfield Peverel Reserves and Harwich Rangers before they picked up their second win of the season as they beat Dedham Old Boys Reserves. Stanway will hope they can improve their form is they are to open a gap over the sides below and avoid relegation to Division Three.

St Osyth (PPG: 0.54 – 14th)

St Osyth have won once this season as they sit 4-points above the bottom side. They managed just 3-points in the opening 5-games as they drew with Stanway Athletic, Dedham Old Boys Reserves and Lawford Lads while losing with Gas Recreation Reserves and Great Bentley Reserves. Two losses, against Tollesbury and Cavendish, were followed by their first win of the season as they beat Harwich Rangers but they suffered a further three losses as they were defeated by Gas Recreation Reserves, Great Bentley Reserves and Oyster to end their 2020. St Osyth will hope to improve their form in the New Year as they look to extend their lead over the sides below.

Oyster (PPG: 0.6 – 13th)

Oyster also sit 4-points above Brantham but have a game in-hand over the side above. They picked up two-points in their opening 5-games as they drew with Lawford Lads Reserves and Tollesbury but facing defeat against Tiptree Jobserve Reserves, Brightlingsea Town and Harwich & Parkeston Reserves before they won an additional point as they drew with Dedham Old Boys Reserves. They were unable to spark a good run of form as they lost Great Bentley Reserves and Lawford Lads Reserves before getting their first win of the season, beating St Osyth. Oyster will hope to get more wins in 2021 as they look to rise up the table and avoid the drop.

Harwich Rangers (PPG: 0.4 – 15th)

Harwich Rangers sit 2-point above Brantham as they hover above the drop. The season began with 3-losses against Tollesbury, Harwich & Parkeston Reserves and Gas Recreation Reserves before they got their first points of the season against Brantham Athletic A. They lost a further four, facing defeat against Tiptree Jobserve Reserves, Gas Rec Reserves, Rowhedge and St Osyth before they got their first win of the season as they beat Stanway Athletic. Harwich ended the year with a huge loss as they were beat 6-1 by Lawford Lads Reserves but will hope to improve their form as they look to avoid being overtaken by Brantham in the battle for survival.

Brantham Athletic  A (PPG: 0.25 – 16th)

Brantham Athletic A remain the only team with a win as they sit on 2-points after 8-games. They faced defeat in their opening 3-games as they were defeated by Cavendish, Dedham Old Boys Reserves and Stanway Athletic before they picked up their first point in a 4-4 draw with Harwich Rangers. After another two-defeats against Brightlingsea Town and Tiptree Jobserve Reserves, they entertained another 4-4 draw to get their only other point of the season as they held Tollesbury. The last game of 2020 saw them face defeat as they were beaten by Lawford Lads Reserves. Brantham Athletic A have 2-3 games in-hand on the sides above them but will need to get results in order to have a good chance as survival.

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