On Saturday 17th February we were at Ship Lane for Bostik Premier action between Thurrock and Hendon.
Despite the confirmation of no longer existing as a club come the end of the season, Thurrock have had an unprecedented first season in the Bostik Premier, positioning higher than all the clubs which were promoted alongside them (Dorking Wanderers, Brightlingsea Regent and Tooting & Mitcham United). In their recent 5, The Fleet have had 3 defeats and 2 wins, with included putting an end to Leatherhead’s unbeaten run of 9.
As for Hendon, they have also had 2 wins in their last 5. Although, despite dropping points to Leatherhead, Folkestone Invicta and Dorking Wanderers, Gary McCann’s side remain strong contender’s for promotion. In midweek, The Dons were without their talisman and leading goal scorer, Niko Muir, however took the lead quickly, and went on to take all 3 points from Leiston.
The following Bostik Premier League highlights also feature on this episode: Dorking Wanderers v Kingstonian, Leiston v Billericay Town, Met Police v Harrow Borough, and Dulwich Hamlet v Enfield Town.
Following the postponement of our chosen TBLS fixture, Sittingbourne v Walton Casuals, our team took a detour to the Specsavers Stadium for Bostik Premier Division action.
The Moatsiders succumbed defeat to Staines Town to end their 3-game winning streak last weekend, and earlier in the week announced the departure of goal-scorer Ryan Hall, who scored 13 league goals under Hayden Bird. As for Leiston, they have had a mixed bag of results in their recent 3 games, with 1 win, 1 draw and 1 defeat. Last season, Matt Blake was the Blues’ out-and-out striker, however this campaign, Jake Ainsley and Christy Finch are levelling his efforts.
Earlier in the season, at Victory Road, it was the hosts who were victorious, earning 3 points after a 3-1 win over Merstham.
The following Premier Division highlights also feature on this show: Met Police v Billericay Town, Tonbridge Angels v Staines Town, Tooting & Mitcham United v Wingate & Finchley, and Hendon v Dorking Wanderers.
On Wednesday 7th February, fresh off the back of midweek win (progressing in the FA Trophy to host Wealdstone), and being named the Bostik Premier manager of the month, Harry Wheeler made his BOTN panelist debut. A good week also, so far, for Heybridge Swifts manager, Jody Brown, as his side enjoyed a 3-1 win over Norwich United on Tuesday night. Marc White and Mick Sullivan complete our line-up, and the team discuss the importance of emotional-wellbeing, and the impact of social media.
We also hear from Calum Best, son of the late and great George Best, who speaks out about mental health in the professional game, and the ways in which his family were affected.
Ollie Robinson (Met Police), and Danny Bracken (Corinthian-Casuals) were the latest players to enter the Super Sub rankings.
On Saturday 3rd February we were at the Fullicks Stadium for Bostik Premier action between Folkestone Invicta and Brightlingsea Regent. Last week, the hosts let slide a 3-goal advantage, after Hendon found the net 3 times in the final 15 minutes of the game to draw level. Brightlingsea Regent are also coming off the back of a disappointing result – last weekend two ninetieth minute goals at The Taydal Stadium, saw Dorking Wanderers bag all 3 points despite trailing twice to the Regent.
The following Premier Division highlights also feature on this show: Folkestone Invicta v Brightlingsea Regent, Staines Town v Merstham, Burgess Hill Town v Hendon, and Dulwich Hamlet v Met Police.
On Wednesday 31st January Horsham FC manager, Dominic Di Paola, made his BOTN 2018 debut, and joined UEFA A Licenced coach Anthony Ferguson, and James Cummins to debate the January Transfer Window and Financial Fair Play.
Would a wage cap help teams from getting into difficulty? Is deducting points for going into administration fair? Could youth players play a more significant role for clubs with a tight budget? Should the FA provide business support?
With the likes of Hartlepool United, Chester FC and Dulwich Hamlet struggling to keep themselves alive right now, could more be done to prevent Non-League clubs getting into financial difficulty? We take a closer look at non-league clubs who have u-turned administrations, and also at those who have dissolved to rebuild.
Liam Smith (Tonbridge Angels), and Correy Davidson (Witham Town) were the latest players to enter the Super Sub rankings – and were both ambitious to get a top half finish.
On Saturday 27th January we were in North London’s The Roger Family Stadium for Bostik Premier action between Harrow Borough and Margate. The hosts have enjoyed two 6-pointer, back-to-back, 3-2, league wins in their last two games (v Needham Market and v Burgess Hill Town) to divert from the drop zone. As for Margate, their current form is second best in the league, and their striker Jordan Chiedozie, is a contender for this seasons golden boot, as they compete for promotion.
The following Premier Division highlights also feature on this show: Tooting & Mitcham United v Billericay Town, Brightlingsea Regent v Dorking Wanderers, Dorking Wanderers v Harlow Town, Dulwich Hamlet v Merstham and, Kingstonian v Brightlingsea Regent, Brightlingsea Regent v Dorking Wanderers, Met Police v Leiston and Tonbridge Angels v Burgess Hill Town.