A week of missed opportunities at the top of Division F in
the National League Alliance as both Staines Town and Leatherhead missed the
chance to move into second following disappointing results.
Martyn Spong’s side knew before kick-off that three points against
second place Luton Town Cedars would propel them within touching distance of
the league leaders as they would have entered second place for the first time
this season but would still be six points behind first.
It wasn’t to be and the game ended goalless on what was a
very positive result for Staines as it’s never easy to come to the home of last
seasons champions and walk away with all the points.
A positive result when placed in context, Staines remain two
points behind second and are now eight points behind Sutton United who are
running away at the top.
Staines will be hoping for a comfortable three points in a
weeks’ time when they travel to London Tigers Sports Complex to face a London
Tigers side who are high in confidence after sending Brentford Griffins to the
bottom of Division F with a comprehensive 2-6 victory away from home, another
three points against Staines and they could find themselves as high as fifth.
Luton have a game in hand over third placed Staines, to be
played next week at Cedars Upper School when they host a struggling
Metropolitan Police outfit who have lost all of their previous three games.
Lee Innes’ side suffered defeat again this week when they
again conceded several goals as they lost 5-4 away from home against the team
who have played the most games this season – Dorking Wanderers.
Both Dorking and the met have the leagues worst defensive
records, both conceding 34 times and it definitely showed in this game, both
teams struggled defensively with a total of nine goals hitting the back of the
As mentioned above, Leatherhead also failed to capitalise on
the opportunity to move into second place after they were beaten 3-1 away from
home against high flyers Sutton United who have become a formidable force in
division F so far, this season and show no signs of slowing down.
And finally, in division F, seventh placed Wealdstone broke
away from Kings Langley who currently occupy eighth place with a 3-2 victory in
front of their home fans. The gap between the two teams now stands at three
points, although Alex Nichols’ men can extend that lead to six points as they
have a game in hand.
It’s a quiet week next week as we approach Christmas, with
only two fixtures taking place in division F.