Local football review – 6 January 2018

What’s been happening over recently in local football circles. All the news, results and league tables for our local football clubs.

Haringey extend lead at the top

Boro have now extended their lead at the top of the Bostik Premier Division with back-to-back wins in 2019. The won 4-0 at Wingate & Finchley on New Years Day, then followed that win with a 3-0 home victory over Whitehawk. They are now eight points clear at the top, although Dorking Wanderers and Worthing have games in hand that could see that lead cut.

Wingate & Finchley followed their defeat to Haringey with a 3-0 loss at rapidly improving Merstham. They’ve now slipped into the bottom three. Enfield drew with fellow promotion hopefuls Lewes in their first game of 2019. Town are now fourth in the table.

This week’s fixtures

12 January

Harlow Town v Haringey Borough
Wingate & Finchley v Bishop’s Stortford
Merstham v Enfield

Local sides close in on playoffs

Ware’s form has continued over the Christmas period. They beat Waltham Abbey in the last game of 2019 and then beat Bedfont Sports 4-2 on Saturday. The Abbotts lost again as they went down 1-0 away at Westfield. Cheshunt continued their impressive form with a 2-1 away win at Northwood. They remain in the promotion spots with Abbey while Ware isn’t far behind in eighth. Hertford and FC Romania are towards the bottom but with comfortable cushions over the relegations zone.

This week’s fixtures

12 January

Cheshunt v Ashford Town
Hanwell Town v FC Romania
Molesey v Ware
Uxbridge v Hertford Town
Waltham Abbey v Northwood

Barking hammer Bees

The Blues put in another impressive performance against Basildon, they’re beginning to find their stride in the final third. They put United to the sword with a 5-1 home win. Romford continue to slide as they lost 4-0 at Soham Town. Elsewhere Tilbury carried on their rise up the table with a 4-2 win over Dereham, Grays and Aveley won, and Heybridge closed the gap with a 1-0 home win over leaders Bowers & Pitsea.

This week’s fixtures

8 January

Dulwich Hamlet v Barking – London Senior Cup

12 January

Romford v Barking

Stow stay in touch at the top

Walthamstow kept up with the promotion race, despite a quiet period in the last few weeks. They followed up their cup win against Redbridge with a 3-1 home victory over fellow promotion hopefuls Saffron Walden. There were two red cards in what sounded like another bad-tempered affair following a feisty game between the two earlier in the season.

Barkingside won a second game in a row to close the gap on Leyton Athletic, setting up a potential six pointer between the two next week. Woodford lost a little bit of ground while Sporting Bengal won a tight game against West Essex. Stansted, Hullbridge and Takeley still lead the way at the top.

This week’s fixtures

12 January

Barkingside v Leyton Athletic
Sawbridgeworth Town v Sporting Bengal
Stansted v Clapton
Takeley v Woodford Town
Tower Hamlets v St Margaretsbury
Walthamstow v Ilford

Elsewhere...

Leyton Orient stay top of the National League despite losing 3-0 at home to Salford. They are two points above the Mancunians with Wrexham hot on the pair’s heels. Dagenham looked to be in all sorts of trouble, 3-0 down to Boreham Wood. They turned it around to lead 4-3 only for the Wood to score a late equaliser. The Daggers are now in 16th place.

This week’s fixtures

12 January

Salford v Dagenham & Redbridge – FA Trophy
Wrexham v Leyton Orient – FA Trophy