Who Goes Up And Who Goes Down By George Spinks

SIDCUP v REEDS WEYBRIDGE – POSTPONED

M25 traffic issues and unavailability led to the postponement of Reeds Weybridge first visit to Sidcup, so, the absence of a match report, does provide the opportunity to have a brief look at the table and a date for the forthcoming Cup competition.

Leaving the Sidcup fixture aside, there are two more weekends of league fixtures, March 23rd and April 6th. It is a two-horse race for the title, between Ironsides and Alleynians, Ironsides top the table with seventy-five points and have a Home fixture against Medway and Gravesend Away. Alleynians second with seventy-two points have Cobham and Medway Away. Medway are on a good run presently but I cannot see them travelling to South London and beating Ironsides, bear in mind, Ironsides put eighty points on them early in the season. The Ironsides visit to Gravesend will not be easy against a backdrop of a hostile, partisan crowd, (nothing wrong with that), but the probability is they will be on a serious ‘high’ knowing at that point that a win against Gravesend will give them the title. Alleynians will surely beat Cobham in the first of their Away fixtures but then they have a demanding fixture against Medway who are on a six-week winning run.

 In summary, Ironsides, who are three points ahead of Alleynians, would have to slip up badly and Alleynians win both remaining games to win the league. So, the smart money is on Ironsides to go up.

At the other end of the table, both Cobham and London Cornish lost their fixtures this weekend leaving a ten-point gap between them and Gravesend so both Cobham and London Cornish seem sure to be relegated.

The two sides that are expected to fill the gaps are Horsham, who spent just one season in Regional 1, and Teddington from the Counties league, they are well ahead of the competition having notched up over nine hundred points, some two hundred more than Tiffinians in second place.

PAPA JOHNS COMMUNITY CUP

April 13TH – London Irish Wild Geese v Reeds Weybridge. If Reed win that game then they could face up to two Home games before they reach the business end of the competition.

GS March 17th 2024