With just 11-points separating the top-9 of the Essex & Suffolk Border League Division One, there is still uncertainty over who will be title winners. There is a gap opening up at the bottom but attention has turned to a title-race that could change in the matter of games.

Belle Vue Social Club (PPG: 2.66 – 2nd)

Belle Vue lead the pack by a +7 goal-difference over Silver End United. Belle Vue began the season with 7-wins as they gained victories over Holland A, Silver End United, Stanway Pegasus Reserves, Cressing United, Holland A (again!), FC Clacton Reserves and Boxted Lodgers before their perfect start was brought to an end by Coggeshall United Reserves in a 2-1 loss. They restored their place at the top with a 5-0 thrashing of Mersea Island before the winter break. Belle Vue will hope to build another strong run of form as they look to win the title and reach the Premier Division.

Silver End United (PPG: 2.4 – 3rd)

Silver End United are level with Belle Vue in terms of points but their goal-difference keeps them second after also playing a game more. Although the season began with a win for Silver End, beating Stanway Rovers, they won a further game against Cressing United, either side of defeat against Belle Vue and Dunmow Town before they embarked on a 5-game winning run as they gained victories over Boxted Lodgers, Gosfield United, Dunmow Town, Holland A, Alresford Colne Rangers Reserves and Hedinghams United. Silver End will hope to continue on their good run of form as they chase down the title alongside Belle Vue.

FC Clacton Reserves (PPG: 2.3 – 4th)

FC Clacton Reserves sit a point off the leaders after 10-games. The season began with two-wins as they beat Hedinghams United and Cressing United before they drew the following two-games against Alresford Colne Rangers Reserves and Stanway Pegasus to make it an unbeaten start to the season. Clacton faced their first defeat of the season as they were beaten 2-0 by the league leaders before they went on a 5-games winning run as they beat Stanway Pegasus Reserves, Mersea Island, Holland A, Gosfield United and Shrub End United. The Reserves will hope to continue on their winning run when the season resumes as they look to challenge for the title.

Tiptree Jobserve (PPG: 2.75 – 1st)

Tiptree Jobserve hold a good points total for the amount of games – 8 – they have played as they remain the only side to not lose this season. The season began with a huge win over Boxted Lodgers as they won 9-1 before they were held on the road against Holland A. The winning run truly began as they embarked on a 6-game winning run with victories over Coggeshall United Reserves, Stanway Pegasus Reserves, Alresford Colne Rangers Reserves, Hedinghams United, West Bergholt and Boxted Lodgers. Tiptree will hope to remain unbeaten this season and use their games in-hand to their advantage as they also seek a title win this season.

Alresford Colne Rangers Reserves (PPG: 1.81 – 6th)

Alresford Colne Rangers Reserves sit 5th after 11-games but only 4-points off top spot. Rangers got the season underway with a 5-game unbeaten run as they got victories over Shrub End United, Hedinghams United, Holland A and West Bergholt while they drew with FC Clacton Reserves before the run came to an end as they were defeated by Tiptree Jobserve. They put the defeat behind them as they went a further two games unbeaten as they beat Gosfield United before behind held by Coggeshall United Reserves but faced defeat once again as they narrowly lost to Silver End United. Another win over Holland A was followed by another defeat as Stanway Pegasus Reserve got the better of their opposition. Alresford will hope to find some form as they look to reduce the deficit from four-points in the second half of the season.

Stanway Pegasus Reserves (PPG: 1.8 – 7th)

Stanway Pegasus Reserves sit 6th and sit 6-points off Belle Vue. The season began with a 2-game winning run as they beat newcomers Dunmow Town and Mersea Island before they were defeated by leaders Belle Vue. They lost a further game to Tiptree Jobserve before winning the next two; beating Coggeshall United Reserves and Hedinghams United. That run was ended by FC Clacton Reserves before they also lost to Gosfield United but won their last two-games before the winter break with the victories coming against Hedinghams (again!) and Alresford Colne Rangers Reserves. The Reserves will hope to continue on their winning run as they look to close the gap on the teams above.

Coggeshall United Reserves (PPG: 1.7 – 8th)

Coggeshall United Reserves are 7-points off the top but still remain in the fight with plenty of games left to play. They began the season with a single point in their opening three games as they drew with Cressing United on the opening day before they lost to both Shrub End United and Tiptree Jobserve. They got their first win of the season against Hedinghams United before immediately picking up their second of the season, this time against Holland A. They faced a further defeat to Stanway Pegasus Reserve before embarking on a 4-game unbeaten run as they beat Mersea Island, West Bergholt and Belle Vue while also drawing with Alresford. Coggeshall United have spent time nearer the top of the table and will hope to return their as the season progresses.

Dunmow Town (PPG: 2.14 – 5th)

Dunmow Town are in their inaugural season in non-league and find themselves 8th after 7-games.  The season began with a reality check of a defeat as they lost to Stanway Pegasus Reserves before they picked up huge wins as they beat Boxted Lodgers, Silver End United, Stanway Rovers Reserves and Shrub End United before their 4-games winning run was brought to an end by Silver End United in a narrow defeat. Their final game of 2020 was a narrow win over Hedinghams United. They will hope to push on in their first season as they look for a first-time promotion in the Premier Division but they have to reduce the deficit from 9-points down to zero.

Shrub End United (PPG: 1.44 – 9th)

Shrub End United sit closer to the top of the table with 13-points than they do to the bottom. Their season began with a 6-1 loss at the hands of Alresford Colne Rangers Reserves before they got their first win of the season as they beat Coggeshall United Reserves but that was short lived as they faced their second defeat of the season, losing against Hedinghams United. After beating Gosfield United and losing to Dunmow Town, Shrub End went on a 3-game unbeaten run as they gained victory over West Bergholt Reserves and Cressing United while drawing with Mersea Island. The last game of the year ended in defeat and by a huge margin as they were swept aside by FC Clacton Reserves. Shrub End will hope to close the gap on the teams above but also remain further away from the relegation battle.

Cressing United (PPG: 1.25 – 10th)

Cressing United sit midtable and 10-points clear of the bottom side. United picked up a single point in the opening four games as they drew with Coggeshall United Reserves before losing 3 on the bounce against FC Clacton Reserves, Silver End United and Belle Vue before they picked up their first win of the season with a 6-0 win over Mersea Island. They added to their first win with another two victories, beating Holland A and Stanway Rovers Reserves but that was soon ended as they faced defeat to Shrub End United in their final game of the year. While Cressing United are not threated by relegation, they also ain’t close enough to a title race so will hope they can move up the table when football resumes.

Mersea Island (PPG: 1.11 – 11th)

Mersea Island sit level on points with Cressing United but having played a game more. The season began with a win against Gosfield United for the Islanders but they faced defeat in their second gam as they lost to Stanway Pegasus Reserves. Mersea Island have struggled to build any form this season as they beat Stanway Rovers Reserves but lost to Cressing United before losing to Coggeshall United Reserves, drawing with Shrub End United and losing a further game to FC Clacton Reserves. Their final two-games so far this season saw them beat strugglers Boxted Lodgers before they faced a thrashing against Belle Vue. Mersea Island will hope to stay in a positive position and not drop further down the table as they look to remain in the division.

Gosfield United (PPG: 1.11 – 12th)

Gosfield United also sit on 10-points after 9-games. The season began with defeat against Mersea Island before they too got their first win in the second game of the season as they beat Boxted Lodgers by a single goal. They have also struggled for form as they drew with Holland A before losing to Shrub End United, beating Hedinghams United and losing to Silver End United. They gained victory over Stanway Pegasus Reserves, either side of losses to Alresford Colne Rangers Reserves and FC Clacton Reserves. Gosfield United will hope to build some form when the season returns in order to finish as high as possible in what remains of the season.

Stanway Rovers Reserves (PPG: 1 – 13th)

Stanway Rovers Reserves sit on 7-points after just 7-games this season. Rovers picked up a single point in their opening 4-games of the season as they were defeated by Silver End United, Mersea Island and Dunmow Town while drawing with FC Clacton Reserves. They got their first points in a win over Boxted Lodgers before facing a further defeat to Cressing United. The final game of 2020 was Stanway Rovers Reserves only second win of the season as they beat bottom side West Bergholt Reserves. A pick up in form will be welcomed by the Reserves as they look to open up a game to the sides below and finish as high as possible.

Hedinghams United (PPG: 0.54 – 14th)

Hedinghams United sit 6-points above West Bergholt Reserves after 11-games. The season started with two-defeats as they lost to FC Clacton Reserves and Alresford Colne Rangers Reserves before getting their first win of the season as they beat Shrub End United. United faced a further 5-losses as they were beaten by Coggeshall United Reserves, Gosfield United, Lawford Lads, Stanway Pegasus Reserves and Tiptree Jobserve before getting their other win of the season as they eased past Boxted Lodgers. The win was followed by three-defeats on the bounce as they lost to Stanway Pegasus Reserves, Dunmow Town and Silver End United. Hedinghams will hope to find more wins as they hope to rise up the table and avoid relegation to Division Two.

Holland A (PPG: 0.45 – 15th)

Holland A sit just 5-points above the bottom spot after 11-games. The season began with a defeat to leaders Belle Vue before they got their first two-points in the following two-games as they drew with Tiptree Jobserve and Gosfield United. They faced a further defeat to Alresford Colne Rangers Reserves before they got their first win of the season, beating West Bergholt Reserves 9-1. The win was not enough to spark a good run of form as they lost 6 on the bounce; defeat against Belle Vue, Coggeshall United Reserves, Cressing United, Silver End United, FC Clacton Reserves and Alresford Colne Rangers Reserves. Holland A will hope for better form should they return to action as they look to avoid relegation.

Boxted Lodgers (PPG: 0.3 – 16th)

A single win is the difference for Boxted Lodgers as they hover above West Bergholt Reserves. The season started with 3 losses as they were defeated by Tiptree Jobserve, Gosfield United and Dunmow Town before they got their only win of the season, beating the team they sit above. The Lodgers were condemned to a further 6-losses as they were defeated against Silver End United, Stanway Rovers Reserves, Belle Vue, Hedinghams United, Mersea Island and Tiptree Jobserve. Boxted will hope to kick start their season and rely on more than wins over West Bergholt to save them from relegation.

West Bergholt Reserves (PPG: 0 – 17th)

West Bergholt Reserves still search for the first points of the season having lost all 7 of their games so far. They have faced defeat against Boxted Lodgers, Holland A, Alresford Colne Rangers Reserves, Shrub End United, Coggeshall United Reserves, Stanway Rovers Reserves and Tiptree Jobserve. They also hope they can kick on their season and get their first points of the season as they share relegation in the face but hope to avoid the drop.

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