By Alex Beard
The three-way deadlock that currently exists at the top of the Southern Premier could be shattered tonight, with the table-topping trio all in action this evening.
Slough Town, first on goal difference, welcome bottom side Gosport Borough to Arbour Park tonight in what is expected to be a mismatch.
Mick Catlin’s side have just one point this season and appear destined for the drop. However, that solitary draw did come on the road so perhaps there is a tiny glimmer of hope away from the pressure of Privett Park.
Second place King’s Lynn Town also have what is anticipated to be a routine home game. They face 17th place Bishop’s Stortford at The Walks this evening, and will hope to give their goal difference a boost.
The hosts are unbeaten on their own patch this campaign, failing to win just once, although the visitor’s have had more success on the road than they have at home this season.
Weymouth, in third, will take on 18th place Frome Town tonight looking to hold off the charge of Kettering and Hereford below them in the table.
The Terras have a patchy record at the Bob Lucas Stadium this season, winning four times but drawing once and losing two of their seven home fixtures.
Elsewhere, second bottom St Ives Town travel to face mid-table Biggleswade Town at the Carlsberg Stadium. Ricky Marheineke’s men haven’t won at home this season so their trip to Bedfordshire may be more welcome than it first appears.
The aforementioned Kettering Town are also on the road this evening, they meet Redditch United at the TRICO Stadium. Marcus Law’s men know that, however unlikely it may be, they could end the night atop the division – but a Redditch team just two places below them will be no pushovers.
Fifth place Hereford will travel to Ladysmead to take on Martyn Rogers’ Tiverton Town. The Bulls are just two points off top spot and know they cannot afford to slip up against Tivvy.
There’s a key match-up near the bottom of the table this evening, as 21st place Kings Langley play host to a Dunstable Town side just one place below them in the table.
Meanwhile, Banbury United welcome Chesham United to the Spencer Stadium, while Merthyr Town are at home against Stratford Town.
Hitchin Town are on the road at St Neots Town, and Royston Town are set to face Farnborough at Garden Walk. Finally, Basingstoke Town welcome struggling Dorchester Town to The Camrose.
Full list of fixtures:
Banbury United v Chesham United
Basingstoke Town v Dorchester Town
Biggleswade Town v St Ives Town
King’s Lynn Town v Bishop’s Stortford
Kings Langley v Dunstable Town
Merthyr Town v Stratford Town
Redditch United v Kettering Town
Royston Town v Farnborough
Slough Town v Gosport Borough
St Neots Town v Hitchin Town
Tiverton Town v Hereford
Weymouth v Frome Town