Plenty to play for in Premier Division

With 10-points separating the top-6 in the Premier Division of the Essex & Suffolk Border League, there is still plenty to fight for at the top of the division and plenty of football to go. Although it is unknown when football will resume, the hope is that it is soon and we avoid another null & void decision.

Gas Recreation (PPG: 2.33 – 1st)

Gas Recreation hold a four point lead over 2nd-place Colne Athletic and have a game in-hand over the the following side. Recreation began the season with a 4-game winning run as they beat Flitch United, Alresford Colne Rangers, Colne Athletic and Felixstowe & Walton United Reserves before that run was ended by Brantham Athletic Reserves. The defeat was soon behind Gas Rec as they embarked on another good run, remaining unbeaten in four as they won against Tiptree Heath, Little Oakley Reserves and Hatfield Peverel while drawing with Lawford Lads. They faced their second defeat as they lost to Barnston but beat both Little Oakley Reserves and Dedham Old Boys to put them on an unbeaten run. When football returns, Gas Recreation hope to continue this winning run while also extending their lead over the chasing pack.

Colne Athletic (PPG: 1.84 – 5th)

Colne Athletic sit four-points behind Gas Rec, having played a game more. The season began with two-wins for Athletic as they beat Brantham Athletic Reserves and Flitch United before a loss to the league leaders ended that run. They could only manage a draw against Sudbury Sports before embarking on a further 7-game unbeaten run as they beat Little Oakley Reserves, West Bergholt, Flitch United, Brantham Athletic Reserves and Hatfield Peverel while drawing with Earls Colne and White Notley. It was Sudbury Sports who ended the unbeaten run as they won 7-2 before Colne faced another defeat as they lost to Stanway Pegasus. When they return to action, Colne Athletic will hope to close the gap on the Gas Recreation above but also hope to remain ahead of their competition in search of promotion.

Stanway Pegasus (PPG: 2.2 – 2nd)

Stanway Pegasus sit 2-points behind Colne Athletic and 6-points behind Gas Rec but have 3 and 2-games in-hand respectively. The season began with a good victory for Pegasus as they beat Barnston but were defeated by Tiptree Heath in the following game as they were beaten by a 2-1 scoreline. The defeat sparked an unbeaten run of 6-games as Pegasus beat Hatfield Peverel, Great Bentley, White Notley, Flitch United and Earls Colne while drawing with Dedham Old Boys with the run coming to an end against Sudbury Sports. They returned to winning ways in the league as they beat Colne Athletic, closing the gap on the team above. Stanway Pegasus hold a great position in regards to the title race and will hope they can win their games in-hand which would put them top-of-the-league and in an even better position.

Great Bentley (PPG: 2 – 3rd)

Great Bentley also find themselves in a good position after 10-games, finding themselves 4-points behind Colne and 8 behind Recreation with games in-hand on the teams above. The season started with a 2-all draw with West Bergholt before Bentley won the following 3-games as they beat Felixstowe & Walton United Reserves, Lawford Lads and Dedham Old Boys before a loss to Stanway Pegasus swiftly ended their unbeaten run. They returned to winning ways as they beat Hatfield Peverel before remaining unbeaten in the next 3-games, beating Dedham Old Boys and West Bergholt and drawing with Little Oakley Reserves before a loss to the Acorn Reserves meant they faced another defeat. Great Bentley will hope to use their games in-hand to close the gap on the teams above and have a real chance to compete for the title should football return.

Little Oakley Reserves (PPG: 1.35 – 9th)

Little Oakley Reserves have played the most games this season – 14. A draw against Lawford Lads and a win over Barnston got the season off to a decent start for the Reserves before they dipped in form as they picked up 3-points in the 7-games that followed; drawing with Earls Colne, Flitch United and Great Bentley while losing to Sudbury Sports, Dedham Old Boys, Colne Athletic and Gas Recreation. They picked up their second win of the season beating Sudbury in the reserve fixture but couldn’t do the same against the league leaders. The last two-games saw Little Oakley Reserves beat both Great Bentley and Lawford Lads to keep them 5th. They will hope not to drop too far down the table once the games in-hand have been played and will hope to continue their winning run.

Tiptree Heath (PPG: 1.8 – 6th)

Tiptree Heath sit 6th and 10-points off the top but have games in-hand on some of the sides above. Although they faced defeat on the opening day as they lost to Alresford Colne Rangers, Heath were victorious in their next two-games as they beat Stanway Pegasus and Felixstowe & Walton United Reserves but their run didn’t continue their as they were beaten by Brantham Athletic Reserves. They were victorious against Lawford Lads, either side of the loss to Gas Recreation and West Bergholt before they embarked on a 3-games winning run as they beat Felixstowe & Walton United Reserves, Hatfield Peverel and Alresford Colne Rangers, all by a margin of 3-goals to one. Tiptree Heath will hope to remain on their winning run, once the season is resumed and they look to close the gap on the sides above.

Sudbury Sports (PPG: 1.88 -4th)

Despite being 7th in the table, Sudbury find themselves in a good position having collected 17-points after just 9-games. A defeat in the opening game of the season against White Notley was followed by 4-games unbeaten run as they beat Little Oakley Reserves and Lawford Lads while drawing with Earls Colne and Colne Athletic. The reserve fixture against Little Oakley was won by the Acorns and Sports had their 2nd loss of the season. Their last 3-games have ended in wins as they beat Stanway Pegasus, Alresford Colne Rangers and Colne Athletic. Having won their last 3-games, Sudbury will hope they can keep the run going once they return to the pitch and rise up the table.

West Bergholt (PPG: 1.54 – 8th)

West Bergholt sit level on points with Sudbury Sports but have played 2-games more. Bergholt began their season with a draw with Great Bentley before they were victorious on the road as they beat Brantham Athletic Reserves. Although Barnston received a walkover against them, West Bergholt returned to winning ways as they beat Alresford Colne Rangers and White Notley but faced another defeat as they were beaten by Colne Athletic. A three-game unbeaten run, beating Tiptree Heath and Flitch United and drawing with Hatfield Peverel led to a run of 3-games losing as they were beaten by Great Bentley, Stanway Pegasus and Brantham Athletic Reserves. West Bergholt will hope to find better form when football returns as they look to rise up the table.

White Notley (PPG: 1.77 – 7th)

White Notely find themselves 9th but still within touching distance of the top-5.  They began the season with 4-wins on the bounce as they beat Sudbury Sports, Hatfield Peverel, Brantham Athletic Reserves and Barnston before they faced their first defeat of the season in a 1-0 loss to West Bergholt. The loss saw them dip in form as they picked up a point in their next three games, losing to Stanway Pegasus and Alresford Colne Rangers while they drew with Colne Athletic before they returned to winning ways as they beat Felixstowe & Walton United Reserves. Having only played 9-games this season, Notely have plenty of games to rise up the table and will hope they can build upon their win over Felixstowe and build some good form.

Dedham Old Boys (PPG: 1.4 – 10th)

Dedham Old Boys find themselves midtable after 10-games. The season for the Old Boys began with 3-wins as they beat Felixstowe & Walton United Reserves, Earls Colne and Little Oakley Reserves all by a scoreline of 2-0 before they were beaten by the same scoreline by Great Bentley in their first defeat of the season. After the defeat, they could only manage two draws against Alresford Colne Rangers and Stanway Pegasus before the reserve fixture against Great Bentley also ended in defeat. It was back to winning ways for Dedham as they beat Lawford Lads before they faced a further two defeats as they were beaten by Barnston and Gas Recreation. Their points total means they can still reach the top-5 but will hope to refined some form in order to move up the table.

Alresford Colne Rangers (PPG: 1.16 – 11th)

Alresford are another side who are in touching distance of the teams above but with a couple of games in-hand but still need to be wary of the teams around them who have more games in-hand. The season began with two-wins as they beat Tiptree Heath and Brantham Athletic Reserves before they faced 3-defeats on the spin as they lost against Gas Recreation, Hartfield Peverel and West Bergholt before they picked up a point against Dedham Old Boys. The draw was added with a further three games unbeaten as they beat Barnston and White Notley while they drew with Earls Colne but that run was ended by a huge loss as they were defeated 6-1 by Little Oakley Reserves. That began a bad run of form as they lost a further two against Tiptree Heath and Sudbury Sports. Alresford will hope they can refined their form when the season resumes as they looked to rise up the table.

Brantham Athletic Reserves (Sat) (PPG: 1.1 – 13th)

Brantham Athletic Reserves only have 11-points this season but also have games in-hand on a number of teams. Athletic began the season with four defeats as they lost to Colne Athletic, Alresford Colne Rangers, West Bergholt and White Notley before they picked up their first win of the season, beating Tiptree Heath 4-2. That was followed by another win as they beat Gas Recreation but that couldn’t spark a run for them as they lost to Colne Athletic before only managing draws against Felixstowe & Walton United Reserves and Earls Colne. They tasted victory before the winter break as they beat West Bergholt. Brantham will hope they can build upon their win when they return as they look to close the gap on sides above and finish as high as possible.

Hatfield Peverel (PPG: 0.9 – 15th)

Hatfield Peverel sit 13th on 10-points but have played more games than the teams that sit below them by a matter of points. Hatfield were defeated in their opening two-games of the season as they lost to Earls Colne and White Notley before they beat Alresford Colne Rangers for their first win of the season. The win failed to spark a run of good form as they managed one win in 7-games; beating Lawford Lads and drawing with Wets Bergholt but losing against Stanway Pegasus, Great Bentley, Gas Recreation, Tiptree Heath and Colne Athletic before they picked up a win in their final game of 2020 with a narrow win over Felixstowe & Walton United Reserves. Peverel will hope not to fall too far down the table and will hope to build upon their win as they look to find some good form.

Earls Colne (PPG: 1 – 14th)

After only playing 9-games this season, Colne find themselves further down the table than they hoped but still have a chance of rising with decent results. Although they began the season with a win over Hatfield Peverel, they struggled to find form as they picked up just 6-points in the 8-games that followed; drawing with Sudbury Sports, Little Oakley Reserves, Flitch United, Alresford Colne Rangers and Brantham Athletic Reserves and Colne Athletic while losing to Dedham Old Boys and Stanway Pegasus. With only one win under their belts so far, they will hope to end their run of draws and pick up three points as they looked to finish as high as possible.

Barnston (PPG: 1.12 – 12th)

Barnston have played the least amount of games – 8 – but find themselves 6-points above bottom of the league. The season began with two-losses as they lost to Stanway Pegasus and Little Oakley Reserves before their first win of the season was a walkover against West Bergholt. The walkover win was not enough to spark a good run as they lost to Felixstowe & Walton United Reserves and Alresford Colne Rangers before they beat league leaders Gas Recreation. They added to that win as they beat Dedham Old Boys. Barnston had ambitions to finish higher up the table and will hope they can use their games in-hand to their advantage and put ahead of the bottom of the table.

Lawford Lads (PPG: 0.6 – 16th)

Lawford Lads sit 3-points above 18th-place but have played two-games more as they hope not to face relegation. The season began with a single point for Lawford as they drew with Little Oakley Reserves before they followed it with their first win of the season as they beat Felixstowe & Walton United Reserves. That was as far as the wins went as they picked up 2-points from the following 8-games; drawing with Flitch United and Gas Recreation but losing to Great Bentley, Hatfield Peverel, Tiptree Heath, Sudbury Sports, Dedham Old Boys and Little Oakley Reserves. Lawford will hope to add more wins and find better form when the season resumes as they hope to avoid relegation. They would also hope to increase the gap over both Felixstowe & Walton United Reserves and Flitch United.

Felixstowe & Walton United Reserves (PPG: 0.4 – 17th)

Felixstowe & Walton United Reserves hold a single point gap over bottom side Flitch United having picked up four-points all season. The season began with 5-losses for the Seasiders as they were beaten by Dedham Old Boys, Lawford Lads, Great Bentley, Tiptree Jobserve and Gas Recreation before they picked up their only win with a 3-0 victory over Barnston. They failed to add to the win as thy lost to Tiptree Heath and White Notley but held Brantham Athletic Reserves to a draw to claim their second lot of points of the season. They faced another defeat as they lost to Hatfield Peverel just before the winter break. The Reserves will hope to find some form and improve their results as they look to rise up the table.

Flitch United (PPG: 0.37 – 18th)

Flitch United are still in search of their first win of the season as they sit rock-bottom after 8-games. Flitch faced defeat in their first two-games as they lost to Gas Recreation and Colne Athletic before picking up three-points with three-draws as they held Lawford Lads, Little Oakley Reserves and Earls Colne but failed to push on as they faced a further 3-losses as they lost to Colne Athletic, Stanway Pegasus and West Bergholt. Flitch will hope they get their first win sooner rather than later but face a huge uphill battle to avoid relegation.

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