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We’re returning this week to a theme that we touched on a couple of weeks ago, with highlights from some of the matches played in the non-league game over the last few days. We kick off with a top of the table local derby from the Ryman League Premier Division that was played last Tuesday night between Sutton United and Kingstonian. A crowd of not far short of 800 (a remarkable statistic, if we stop and consider that this is being played in effectively the regional seventh division of English football) turned out for this match, with Sutton three points clear at the top of the table and with a chance to extend their lead.
Our second match sees us stay in Surrey, for Saturday’s match from the Blue Square South between Woking and Chelmsford City. Both of these teams have had curious seasons so far. Woking could be forgiven for being distracted by their forthcoming FA Cup match against Brighton & Hove Albion on Tuesday night, with a match against FC United of Manchester being the reward for the winners of that match. For all of their success in the FA Cup this season, however, Woking have stalled in the league so far and sit in a lower mid-table position at present. Chelmsford City are already in the Second Round of the competition and will travel to Wycombe Wanderers in two weeks time. They sit in the BSS play-off places in an exceptionally tight top seven in the table.
Our third match comes from the Ryman League Premier Division, and is the match between Lowestoft Town and Wealdstone. Lowestoft are chasing a second successive promotion and are in the play-off places at present, while Wealdstone are sitting just above the relegation places, with inconsistency having been their biggest problem so far this season.
Finally, we have brief highlights from one more match in the Ryman League Premier Division, this time between Bury Town and Tooting & Mitcham United. Bury are also chasing a place in the Blue Square South and sit just below Lowestoft Town and just outside of the play-off places. Tooting & Mitcham, meanwhile, are also looking over their shoulders towards the relegation places.
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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.
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