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There are just four weeks left to go of the season in the Blue Square South, one of the two feeder leagues to the Blue Square Premier, and there is still all to play for at the top of the table. This week’s Non-League Videos Of The Week features six of the top eight in the league, and with the battle for the title and for the four play-off places still wide open, there is still all to play for. At the very top of the table, there was just one point between the leaders, Braintree Town, and second-placed Farnborough. In our first match, Braintree have a golden chance to win three points against Dorchester Town, who are sitting just above the relegation places but have probably just about done enough to secure their place in the division for next season.
Meanwhile, at Cherrywood Road Farnborough FC were at home against Bromley. Farnborough have trimmed Braintree’s lead at the top of the table down to a single point at the top of the table, whilst Bromley are in mid-table, probably a little too far from the play-off places to be able to launch a challenge of their own. Still, with the nerves starting to jangle as the end of the season looms on the horizon, there are no matches for clubs at the top of the table that can guarantee three points.
Braintree and Farnborough are more or less guaranteed a play-off place regardless of which of them win the title at the end of the season, but there are still three other places up for grabs. Chelmsford City have been there or thereabouts all season, but their trip to the south coast to play Havant and Waterlooville would be a tricky one. Havant are well off the pace at the top of the table, but they have games in hand and a win for them would leave them still very much in with a chance of a play-off place.
Our final match from the top of the Blue Square South is between Woking and Welling United. Woking had been in outstanding form since the new year, but their defeat at Eastleigh last Saturday threw them off course slightly. Meanwhile, Welling United have had an excellent season in spite of serious financial difficulties that threatened the very existence of their club and a five point deduction imposed by the Football Conference. With just five points separating third place and eighth place in the table, this was a critical match for both teams.
Finally, a match from the Premier Division of the Zamaretto League. Cambridge City are in third place at the top of a very tight table, just two points behind Truro City and Salisbury City. Poor old Halesowen Town, meanwhile, have been beset my mismanagement for the last couple of seasons and find themselves rooted to the very bottom of the table.
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Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.