The Bostik League Show

The Bostik League Show Episode 45: Leatherhead v Leiston

For the penultimate weekend of 2017/18 Bostik league football, we had our cameras at several crucial encounters.

Friday night football saw the Urchins host the Millers under the floodlights of Hornchurch Stadium, and with automatic promotion confirmed, Jim McFarlane’s side were finally crowned league champions, with a 2-1 win over Aveley.

On Saturday – it was all to play for at both ends of the Premier League, and this episode includes the following highlights: Leatherhead v Leiston, Margate v Billericay Town, Hendon v Merstham, Burgess Hill Town v Staines Town, and Tooting & Mitcham United v Harlow Town.

5 of the aforementioned teams, are battling for the final two playoff positions, and two are fighting to remain in the division. Billericay Town and Dulwich Hamlet both remain in contention for automatic promotion, and the league title.

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The Bostik League Show Ep 44: Staines Town v Margate

First and foremost, our congratulations to AFC Hornchurch, Lewes and Carshalton Athletic, who have all secured promotion to the Bostik Premier Division from their respective leagues. A 4-2 win over Horsham on Wednesday night, saw the Rooks promoted with 95 points, and yesterday Hornchurch secured their promotion with a 6-1 win over Witham Town. The Robins left it late at War Memorial Sports Ground, however overcame a 3 goal deficit against Whyteleafe, to confirm their promotion to Step 3. Tommy Bradford’s winner came in the 90th minute.

The push for promotion across all 3 Bostik leagues, and avoiding the drop zone in the Premier and North divisions is looking likely to be hotly contested until the final game of the season.

Two teams wanting to put their forward their names forward for that ultimate play-off position in the Premier Division, are Staines Town and Margate – and the two went head-to-head on Saturday 14th April. Prior to the encounter, Staines were in 8th position, and their visitors were in 5th – however, despite their high rankings, both teams have only won once in their last 5.

A midweek fixture under the floodlights at Wheatsheaf Park witnessed 8 goals, however a Ter Horst 90th minute equaliser, saw points shared between the Swans, and Folkestone Invicta, and the ultimate turnaround slipped their fingers.

Margate also dropped points in their previous encounter, succumbing a surprising 2-0 defeat to Kingstonian, at Hartdown Park!

The following Bostik League Show also includes highlights from: Billericay Town v Wingate & Finchley, Dulwich Hamlet v Thurrock, Tonbridge Angels v Enfield Town, and Romford v Norwich United.

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The Bostik League Show Ep 43: Maldon & Tiptree v Bowers & Pitsea

On Saturday 7th April, our main game cameras were focused on the North division for top-of-the-table clashes between AFC Hornchurch and Heybridge Swifts, and Maldon & Tiptree and Bowers & Pitsea.

AFC Hornchurch have one foot in the Premier Division, as they sit in poll-position, 10 points clear of Potters Bar Town, with 6 games remaining.

It’s a battle for the ultimate play-off position between Maldon & Tiptree and Heybridge Swifts, who go into this weekend occupying 6th and 7th position. Swifts currently have a 3 point advantage, are in better form, and have 2 games in hand over the Jammers.

As for Bowers & Pitsea, their sights are set on automatic promotion, as it is just 3 points which separates them from their North London rivals,  Potters Bar Town. Town are currently the most in-form team of the division, with 8 wins in 10, however Pitsea have a two-game advantage.

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The Bostik League Show Ep 42: Walton Casuals v Corinthian-Casuals

Over the Easter weekend, our camera’s were at several games.

First up it’s the battle of the Casuals in the Bostik South Division One as 6th place Walton take on 5th place Corinthian. With 5 points between these two sides, the visitors still have ambitions of a top two finish. However, with Hythe Town in-form, and in their shadows, the hosts we’ll be looking for all 3 points to create more distance.

Our second game sees 3rd play 4th as Cray Wanderers host Greenwich Borough. Cray currently are a point behind their rivals, but they’ve scored more goals than Manchester City this season, and are just 4 away from 100 this campaign. The Cannons were title-favourites in August, after losing out in the playoffs last season.

The following highlights also includes the action from: AFC Hornchurch v Potters Bar Town, Leatherhead v Billericay Town, Dorking Wanderers v Burgess Hill Town, Worthing v Merstham, and Tooting & Mitcham United v Leatherhead.

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The Bostik League Show Ep 41: Staines Town v Leiston

On Saturday 24th March we returned to Wheatsheaf Park, for Bostik Premier action between  Staines Town and Leiston. Prior to this encounter, these two sides were separated by just 1 point, and two positions – and it was the Swans who occupied that final playoff spot.  With few league games remaining, the battle for promotion to The National League South is guaranteed to be hotly contested, as there are several teams in the running to for a top-five finish.

Staines Town are undefeated in 5, and have collected 11 out of a possible 15 points in their recent fixtures. The Swans have maintained their goal-threatening reputation throughout the season, having netted 71 times this campaign – Elliot Buchanan and Mohamed Bettamer take credit for 49 of these, and are both in contention for this years Golden Boot.

As for Leiston, following 3 consecutive defeats, they have gone on an unbeaten run of 6, collecting 16 out of a possible 18 points. 16 goals in 6 games, has seen them secure massive victories over Billericay Town, Wingate & Finchley and Tonbridge Angels.

The following highlights also includes the action from Hendon v Billericay Town, Needham Market v Dulwich Hamlet, and Dorking Wanderers v Merstham.

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The Bostik League Show Ep 40: Leiston v Wingate & Finchley

On Saturday 17th March, the winterly conditions of the Beast From The East 2 was not enough to cancel match action in Suffolk, and an all-important 3 points remained up for grabs between two playoff-chasing sides.

A win for Leiston would see them extend their unbeaten run to over a month, as their last defeat came on the 13th February at Hendon, which sees them 3rd in the league form table.

As for Wingate & Finchley, they have suffered a dip in form, and are without a win since 3rd February (v Leatherhead). However, their impressive league form before the turn of the year keeps their playoff hopes alive, as they are only 6 points short of 5th place.

The following highlights also includes the action from Fetcham Grove – Leatherhead v Dorking Wanderers.

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The Bostik League Show Ep 39: Brightlingsea Regent v Dulwich Hamlet

After a week without football due to the snow of Storm Emma, we were back in Premier League action on Saturday 10th March. Our team travelled to East Essex to the Taydal Stadium to see Brightlingsea Regent host current league leaders, Dulwich Hamlet.

The hosts currently position foot of the form table, having recently succumbed 5 defeats in row. Regent have not won a game since visiting Fetcham Grove in January. They have however recently welcomed back Jake Clowsley (resigned from AFC Sudbury); extended the loan of defender George Keys (from Colchester United); and have a selection of youth players, who are continuing to impress Tom Rothery.

As for Dulwich Hamlet, earlier in the week, they bagged a huge victory the AGP Arena, to leap-frog fellow title-contenders Billericay Town. Despite conceding inside the first 10 minutes of the game, they scored 3 goals in the second half secure the all-important 3 points, to position top of the Bostik Premier.

The following Bostik Premier league games also feature in this highlights video: Tooting & Mitcham United v Dorking Wanderers, and Tonbridge Angels v Worthing.

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The Bostik League Show Ep 38: Billericay Town v Wealdstone (FA Trophy QF)

On Saturday 24th February, we returned to the AGP Arena for cup action between Billericay Town and Wealdstone, and with the Wembley arches within reachable distance for all 8 teams who remain in the competition, it was all to play for.

Wealdstone currently position mid-table in the National South, but go into this clash having lost their last 2 league matches. However, The Stones so far have overcome tough opposition in the FA Trophy, defeating top of the league Hereford, and a strong Warrington Town side.

With the same league form, Billericay suffered their first back-to-back defeats of the season this week; losing 2-1 to both Leiston and Folkestone Invicta. They have however bolstered their squad with the addition of loan-signee Tom Conlon from Stevenage, whilst remaining top of the Bostik Premier division, and in 3 competitions.

The following Bostik Premier league games also feature in this highlights video: Tooting & Mitcham United v Leiston, and Tonbridge Angels v Met Police.

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The Bostik League Show Ep 37: Thurrock v Hendon

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.

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The Bostik League Show Ep 36: Merstham v Leiston

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.

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