Both Frinton & Walton and Ramsey & Mistley lead the way in Division Four of the Essex & Suffolk Border League with sides remaining unbeaten but it remains tight at the top with just 5-points separating the top-5 sides.
Frinton & Walton (PPG: 3 – 1st)
For Frinton & Walton, you can get better than an unbeaten start after they won all nine of the fixtures they have played so far. Wins have come against Bradfield Rovers, Mersea Island Reserves, Tollesbury Reserves, Boxted Lodgers Reserves, Cavendish Reserves, Parkeston Welfare Park, New Fields, Kelvedon Social A and Stillwaters. If football returns, Frinton will hope to keep their winning run going as they look to reach Division Three ahead of the 2021/22 season.
Ramsey & Mistley Saturday Reserves (PPG: 2.45 – 3rd)
Although Ramsey & Mistley Saturday Reserves sit level on points with league-leaders Frinton & Walton, they have played two-games more. Ramsey Reserves also remain unbeaten but having won 8 and drawn 3. A draw at the start of the season against FC Clacton A was followed by two 6-1 victories against Dovercourt Rovers and Cavendish Reserves before they were held by Kelvedon Social A. They returned to winning ways as they won 6 on the bounce; beating Gosfield United Reserves, Mersea Island Reserves, Tollesbury Reserves, Wethersfield, Bradfield Rovers and Cavendish Reserves but that was brought to an end as they drew with Boxted Lodgers Reserves. Ramsey & Mistley Reserves will hope to remain unbeaten but also collect more wins as they look to battle Frinton for the title.
Dovercourt Rovers (PPG: 2.5 – 2nd)
Dovercourt Rovers sit two-points off second with a game in-hand. Although they faced defeat on the opening day of the season, Rovers remained unbeaten in the 9-games that followed as they beat New Fields, Mersea Island Reserves, Great Bentley A (twice!), Parkeston Welfare Park, Boxted Lodgers Reserves, FC Clacton A, Bradfield Rovers and Parkeston Welfare Park (again!). Dovercourt remain in the title race and a win in their game in-hand could see them second behind Frinton or even top if results go their way. They will also hope to build upon their unbeaten run when they return to the field.
Gosfield United Reserves (PPG: 2.2 – 4th)
Gosfield United Reserves find themselves 5-points off the top-of-the-table after 10-games. The Reserves remained unbeaten in their opening 4-games as they beat Parkeston Welfare Park, FC Clacton A and Great Bentley A while drawing with Kelvedon Social A but that was brought to an end by Ramsey & Mistley Reserves. They returned to winning ways as they beat Wethersfield before adding to that a further 3-wins as they were victorious over Mersea Island Reserves, Tollesbury Reserves and Parkeston Welfare Park before they faced their second defeat of the season, losing to Kelvedon Social A. Gosfield United will hope they can build upon their unbeaten run when they return as they look to close the gap on the sides above.
New Field (PPG: 2 – 5th)
New Fields also sit 5-points off the leaders but having played two-games more. Although they won on the opening day, beating Cavendish Reserves, they suffered two-defeats on the bounce as they lost to Boxted Lodgers and Dovercourt Rovers before they briefly returned to winning ways as they beat Stillwaters and Kelvedon Social A. A point was all they could manage against Cavendish Reserves before they faced defeat to league-leaders Frinton & Walton. Their last four-games ended with victory for New Fields as they beat Mersea Island Reserves, Parkeston Welfare Park, Wethersfield and Bradfield Rovers. New Fields will hope to continue on their unbeaten run as they look to close the gap on the teams above should football return this season.
Great Bentley A (PPG: 1.5 – 8th)
Great Bentley sit 6th on 15-points after 10-games but sit 12-points off the leaders and off the bottom. Bentley A began the season with two-wins as they beat Wethersfield and Stillwaters before they could only manage a point in the 3-games that followed as they drew with Dovercourt Rovers but lost to FC Clacton A and Gosfield United Reserves. A win over Bradfield Rovers was followed by a loss to Dovercourt before Bentley went 3-games unbeaten, winning against Kelvedon Social A and drawing with Wethersfield and Cavendish. Great Bentley A will hope to return to winning ways and go on a winning run as they look to be closer to the top of the table rather than the bottom.
Boxted Lodgers Reserves (PPG: 1.36 – 9th)
Boxted Lodgers Reserves also sit on 15-points but having played a game more than Great Bentley A. They were defeated on the opening day as they lost against Stillwaters before their first win of the season came against New Field and was followed by a point against Bradfield Rovers. The Reserves struggled to find any real form as they faced defeat against Frinton & Walton but despite a win over Wethersfield, they were defeated another two-times, losing to both Dovercourt Rovers and Parkeston Welfare Park. They remained unbeaten in their last four-games of 2020 as they defeated Cavendish and FC Clacton A while drawing with Tollesbury and Ramsey & Mistley Saturday Reserves. Boxted Reserves hope to remain unbeaten when the season returns as they look to close the gap on teams above.
Kelvedon Social A (1.55 – 7th)
Kelvedon Social A find themselves 8th and a point off the two-sides above but having played less games. Social A remained unbeaten in the opening 3-games as they beat Tollesbury and drew with with Gosfield United Reserves and Ramsey & Mistley Reserves. The run was brought to an end by New Field but it was immediately back to winning ways as Kelvedon were victorious against Mersea Island Reserves and Tollesbury Reserves before league-leaders Frinton were too strong for Social. A further loss to Great Bentley A was succeeded by a victory over Gosfield United Reserves. Kelvedon Social A will hope to use their games in-hand on the teams above to close the gap and extend the gap to the teams below.
Stillwaters (PPG: 1.625 – 6th)
Stillwaters have only played 8-games this season, the lowest in the division, and collecting 13-points in the process. They picked up an unwanted record, losing immediately after a win as they beat Boxted Lodgers Reserves but lost to Great Bentley A before beating Parkeston Welfare Park but lost to New Fields. The trend was broken as they beat Tollesbury Reserves and followed that with a draw against Bradfield Rovers before they faced a heavy loss against Frinton & Walton, losing 14-1. The last game of 2020 saw them beat FC Clacton A 6-0. Stillwaters will hope to build upon their win over Clacton when football returns.
Mersea Island Reserves (PPG: 1.2 – 10th)
Mersea Island Reserves sit 9-points ahead of Parkeston Welfare Park after 10-games. The Reserves like Stillwaters picked up a similar record of facing defeat after a win as they beat Tollesbury Reserves but lost to Frinton before beating Wethersfield but losing to Dovercourt Rovers. Although they beat Parkeston Welfare Park and lost to Kelvedon, they trend ended as they faced a further two losses on the spin; losing to Gosfield United Reserves and New Fields before winning their last game of 2020 as they beat Tollesbury Reserves again. Mersea Island Reserves will hope to build upon their win a they look to open a gap over the sides below.
Cavendish Reserves (PPG: 1 – 12th)
Cavendish Reserves have only managed 11-points in 11-games so far this season. They had the reverse of the unwanted record, as they won after every loss; losing to New Fields but beat Parkeston Welfare Park before losing to Ramsey & Mistley Reserves before beating FC Clacton A. After losing to the league leaders Frinton, they beat Bradfield Rovers but followed that with a draw as they held New Field. They went on a 3-game winless run as they were beaten by FC Clacton A, Boxted Lodgers Reserves and Ramsey & Mistley Reserves (again!) but got a pint in their final game of 2020 as they drew with Great Bentley A. Cavendish Reserves will hope to improve their form when the season returns as they look to open up a gap on the teams below and avoid relegation.
FC Clacton A (PPG: 1.11 – 11th)
FC Clacton A sit 5-points behind 6th with games in-hand. They began the season with 7-points in their opening 5-games as they beat Great Bentley A and Bradfield Rovers, drew with Ramsey & Mistley Reserves and lost to Gosfield United Reserves and Cavendish Reserves. Despite also beating Cavendish Reserves, they suffered 3-losses on the bounce as they were beaten by Dovercourt Rovers, Boxted Lodgers Reserve and Stillwaters. FC Clacton A will look to use their games in-hand to their advantage as they look to close the gap on the sides above and hope to reach the top-6.
Bradfield Rovers (PPG: 0.66 – 14th)
Bradfield Rovers sit 5-points above bottom side Parkeston, having played the same amount of games. After losing their opening game against Frinton & Walton, they secured their first points with a win over Wethersfield and a draw with Boxted Lodgers Reserves before they could only manage 4-points in the following 9-games as they beat Parkeston Welfare Park and drew with Stillwaters but faced defeats against Tollesbury Reserves, FC Clacton A, Cavendish Reserves, Great Bentley A, Ramsey & Mistley Reserves, Dovercourt Rovers and New Field. Bradfield will hope to prevent dropping down the table as they look to turn their fortunes around.
Wethersfield (PPG: 0.7 – 13th)
Wethersfield sit 4-points above 16th, having played two-games less. They suffered 3-defeats in the opening 3-games as they were beaten by Great Bentley A, Bradfield Rovers and Mersea Island Reserves before they got their first win of the season, beating Parkeston Welfare Park. Despite losing to Boxted Lodgers Reserves, they got their second win of the season as they were victorious over Tollesbury Reserves before they were beaten twice on the road, losing to Ramsey & Mistley Reserves and Gosfield United Reserves. They held Great Bentley A to a draw before they were beaten by New Field. Wethersfield will be hoping for a better second half of the season as they look to avoid relegation and will hope their games in-hand will play to their advantage.
Tollesbury Reserves (PPG: 0.36 – 15th)
Tollesbury Reserves sit one-point above Parkeston having played a game less. The Reserves began the season with 3-losses as they were beaten by Mersea Island Reserves, Kelvedon Social A and Frinton & Walton before they got their first win of the season as they beat Bradfield Rovers. Despite getting their first win, they could only manage a single point in the following 7-games as they drew with Boxted Lodgers Reserves but lost to Stillwaters, Wethersfield, Ramsey & Mistley Reserves, Kelvedon Social A, Gosfield United Reserves and Mersea Island Reserves. Tollesbury Reserves will hope to opening a gap over Parkeston as they look to avoid relegation.
Parkeston Welfare Park (PPG: 0.25 – 16th)
Parkeston Welfare Park sit bottom after 12-games. The season began with 7-losses as they were beaten by Gosfield United Reserves, Cavendish Reserves, Stillwaters, Wethersfield, Mersea Island Reserves, Dovercourt Rovers and Frinton & Walton before they got their first points of the season as they beat Boxted Lodgers Reserves. Despite their first win, they suffered a further three losses as they were defeated by New Field, Gosfield United Reserves and Dovercourt Rovers. Parkeston are not staring relegation in the face but will have to have a better second half of the season if they are to avoid the drop.