Although it is close at the top of Division Three of the Essex & Suffolk Border League with 7-points separating the top-8 sides, both Kelvedon & University of Essex have the best points-per-game while leaders Thorpe Athletic remain close in 3rd with a difference of 0.1 points-per-game.
Thorpe Athletic (PPG: 2.5 – 3rd)
Thorpe Athletic have dropped just 4-points in their opening 10-games as they look to earn promotion into Division Two. They remained unbeaten in their opening 7-games as they beat Abbey Fields, Ramsey & Mistley, Hedinghams United Reserves, Oyster Reserves, Barnston Reserves and Colne Athletic Reserves while they drew with Kelvedon Social before the run was brought to an end as they were beaten by Felsted Rovers. They returned to winning ways as they beat both Colne Athletic Reserves and Wormingford Wanderers Saturday to bring 2020 to an end. Athletic will hope they can remain unbeaten for the remaining of the season as they look to get promoted.
Barnston Reserves (PPG: 2.2 – 5th)
Barnston Reserves sit 3-points behind the league leaders after the same amount of games. They began the season with a 3-3 draw against Sporting Rebels before winning 4 on the bounce, beating Hedinghams United Reserves, Abbey Fields, Ramsey & Mistley and Little Clacton, before they suffered their first defeat of the season against league-leaders Thorpe Athletic. They returned to winning ways as they eased past Little Clacton (winning 10-1) before they suffered their second defeat of the season, losing to Ramsey & Mistley in a 10-goal thriller before beating Abbey Fields in a 13-goal thriller and scoring 7-past Tiptree Heath Reserves to remain 2nd. Barnston Reserves will hope to continue on their winning run when football returns as they hope to beat Thorpe Athletic to the title.
Felsted Rovers (PPG: 2.33 – 4th)
Felsted Rovers sit a point off Barnston, having played a game less. Although Felsted won their opening game of the season against Tiptree Heath Reserves, they faced defeat in the game that followed as they were beaten by Little Clacton. They returned to winning ways as they won 5-games on the spin, beating Hedinghams United Reserves, Ramsey & Mistley, Little Clacton, Oyster Reserves and Thorpe Athletic before suffering their second defeat as they lost to Sporting Rebels. In their last game of 2020, they eased Langham Lodgers to defeat as they won 6-1 but will hope to have another good run of form as they look to close the gap on the sides above.
Sporting Rebels (PPG: 1.9 – 7th)
Sporting Rebels close to the top as they look to challenge the leaders. The season began with two-draws as they were held by Barnston Reserves and Flitch United Reserves before embarking on a 4-game winning run as they beat Oyster Reserves, Colne Athletic Reserves, Wormingford Wanderers Saturday and Langham Lodgers before that run was brought to an end by Kelvedon Social. They returned to a good patch of form as they went 3-games unbeaten with wins over Hedinghams United Reserves and Felsted Rovers while drawing with the University of Essex but faced defeat in their latest game as they were beat by Colne Athletic. Sporting Rebels will hope to return to winning ways on the return of football as they look to challenge at the top.
Kelvedon Social (PPG: 2.71 – 1st)
Kelvedon Social hold the best points total despite sitting 5th in the league. After just 7-games, Social remain unbeaten, having been victorious against Colne Athletic Reserves, Tiptree Heath Reserves, Little Clacton, Sporting Rebels, Abbey Fields and Ramsey & Mistley while drawing with Thorpe Athletic. Kelvedon will hope to continue on their incredible run while using their games in-hand to climb the table where they could be at the summit.
Wormingford Wanderers Saturday (PPG: 2 – 6th)
Wormingford Wanderers sit 5-points behind second, having played a game less. The season started with a 10-0 thumping of Hedinghams United Reserves before they added to that with a 2-0 win over Abbey Fields. The unbeaten start lasted for a short time before they were beaten by Colne Athletic, and although they returned to winning ways against Oyster Reserves, they were beaten by Sporting Rebels. An improvement in form saw the Wanderers win 3 on the bounce as they beat Ramsey & Mistley, Langham Lodgers and Tiptree Heath Reserves before being defeated by the leaders Thorpe Athletic. Wormingford will hope to return to winning ways and rise up the table as they look to get within the mix for the title and finish as high as possible.
Colne Athletic Reserves (PPG: 1.8 – 8th)
Colne Athletic Reserves also sit 4-points off 2nd but having played 10-games. Although the season began with defeat for Athletic as they lost to Kelvedon Social, they won the games that followed as they beat both Langham Lodgers and Wormingford Wanderers before they faced another defeat, this time to Sporting Rebels. The Reserves won a further two-games, putting defeat out of their mind, as they beat Little Clacton and Abbey Fields but they faced their third defeat of the season as they were beaten by Thorpe Athletic. They lost to Thorpe Athletic in the reverse fixture, either side of wins over Langham Lodgers and Sporting Rebels. The Athletic Reserves will hope to produce a longer run of wins as they look to rise up the table and avoid dropping further down with teams having games in-hand.
Ramsey & Mistley Saturday (PPG: 1.5 – 10th)
Ramsey & Mistley sit level on points with bith Wormingford and Colne Athletic Reserves but having played 2-3 games more on the teams above. The season began with two-wins for Ramsey as they beat Langham Lodgers on the opening day and got a home walkover over Tiptree Heath Reserves before they were beaten by Thorpe Athletic, Barnston Reserves and Felsted Reserves on the spin. They returned to winning ways as they beat Abbey Fields but it was short lived as they were beaten by Wormingford Wanderers. Ramsey had their longest run of form as they beat Flitch United Reserves, Barnston Reserves and Hedinghams United Reserves before they lost a further two games; facing defeat against Kelvedon Social and the University of Essex. Ramsey will hope they can return to winning ways as they look to rise up the table.
Flitch United Reserves (PPG: 1.77 – 9th)
Flitch United Reserves have collected 16-points after 9-games, putting them 9th in the table. They began the season unbeaten as they won against Little Clacton and drew with Sporting Rebels but soon faced defeat as they lost to Langham Lodgers. Flitch Reserves went on a 4-game winning run as they gain results against Tiptree Heath, Abbey Fields, Hedinghams United Reserves and Oyster Reserves but that was brought to an end by Ramsey & Mistley before they were well beaten by the UOE in the last game of 2020. Flitch United Reserves will hope to return to winning ways and pick up another good run of form as they look to rise up the table when football returns.
University of Essex (Students Union) (PPG: 2.6 – 2nd)
The University of Essex (Student Union) have the second-best points total despite finding themselves 10th in the Division. After 5-games they remain unbeaten having beaten Oyster Reserves, Little Clacton, Flitch United Reserves and Ramsey & Mistley while drawing with Sporting Rebels. Although they sit 12-points off the leaders, the UOE have the Division in their hands as they have 5-games in-hand on the leagues and remaining unbeaten could see them reach the summit. They will be hoping to return to action with more wins as they seek promotion.
Little Clacton (PPG: 0.81 – 11th)
Little Clacton sit closer to the bottom than the top after collecting 9-points after 11-games. Little Clacton have struggled to find some form this season as they faced defeat on the opening day of the season, losing to Flitch United Reserves. Although they got their first win of the season, beating Felsted Rovers, they lost 6-games on the bounce; being defeated by University of Essex, Kelvedon Social, Colne Athletic Reserves, Barnston Reserves (twice!) and Felsted Rovers before they won two on the bounce, beating Tiptree Heath Reserves and Hedinghams United Reserves. Their last game of 2020 ended in defeat as they were beaten by Oyster Reserves. Little Clacton will hope they can find some better form on the return of football, although, they will find it tough.
Langham Lodgers (PPG: 0.77 – 12th)
Langham Lodgers sit 7-points above the drop, having played 9-games. They remained winless in their opening two-games as they faced defeat to Ramsey & Mistley and Colne Athletic Reserves before they got their first points of the season, winning 2 on the spin, as they beat Flitch United Reserves and Abbey Fields. They could only manage a point from the following 5-games as they drew against Abbey Fields but lost to Sporting Rebels, Wormingford Wanderers, Colne Athletic Reserves and Felsted Rovers. Langham hope to find some winning form as they look to avoid relegation.
Abbey Fields (PPG: 0.36 – 15th)
Abbey Fields sit just 4-points ahead of Hedinghams United Reserves. They faced defeat in their opening 7-games as they lost to Thorpe Athletic, Wormingford Wanderers, Barnston Reserves, Langham Lodgers, Flitch United Reserves, Ramsey & Mistley and Colne Athletic Reserves before they got their first win of the season as they beat Hedinghams United Reserves. They faced a further two-defeats as they lost to Kelvedon Social and Barnston Reserves before holding Langham Lodgers to a 2-2 draw. Abbey Fields will hope to be on the right end of the scoreline when football returns as they look to open a bigger gap on the teams below.
Oyster Reserves (PPG: 0.375 – 13th)
A single win separates Oyster from the root of the table. They faced 7 losses on the bounce, losing to University of Essex, Sporting Rebels, Wormingford Wanderers, Thorpe Athletic, Flitch United Reserves, Tiptree Heath Reserves and Felsted Rovers before they got their only win of the season, beating Little Clacton. Oyster will hope to build on their only win as they look to open a gap over Hedinghams.
Tiptree Heath Reserves (PPG: 0.375 – 14th)
Tiptree Heath Reserves also sit a single win above Hedinghams, having a worse goal-difference than Oyster Reserves. They faced 4-losses on the spin to open the season, losing to Felsted Rovers, Ramsey & Mistley, Kelvedon Social and Flitch United Reserves before they got their only win of the season as they beat Oyster Reserves. That was short lived as they faced a further 3-losses; facing defeat to Little Clacton, Wormingford Wanderers and Barnston Reserves. Tiptree Heath, like their rivals above, will hope to get back to winning ways as they look to avoid relegation.
Hedinghams United Reserves (PPG: 0 – 16th)
Hedinghams United Reserves seek their first points of the season as they have lost all-9 games so far whilst conceding 80 goals. They have faced defeats to Wormingford Wanderers, Barnston Reserves, Felsted Rovers, Thorpe Athletic, Flitch United Reserves, Abbey Fields, Sporting Rebels, Ramsey & Mistley and Little Clacton. While they are a win away from going level on points with teams above, they currently stare relegation in the face and will have to return with some redemption if they are to change their fortunes.