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MINI-LEAGUE 2017/18
5th Feb, 2018 at 9:22pm
 

Just like the Premiership this season, the Isthmian has runaway leaders in BillnRicky, so the focus is on the relegation battle, and our involvement, as Dean Brooks made clear in his recent EDP interview.
http://www.edp24.co.uk/sport/lowestoft-town/lowestoft-town-preview-1-5378410

It's not so long ago that we were involved in a battle to avoid the drop that lasted until the final game of the season. We bottled that one v Gloucester and suffered our first ever relegation. The damage was sustained well before that fateful game though, when we failed to beat those around us in the scramble to avoid the trapdoor.
http://www.lowestofttownfcfansforum.co.uk/cgi-bin/Forum/YaBB.pl?num=1446565853/0

Without any wins this year and no home win since November 2017 we have contrived to put ourselves in a position where we are involved yet again.
This time to secure our Isthmian League status.

Current Table
Played. Points
Enfield. 30/36
Kingstonian. 30/35
Harrow. 31/34
Needham. 32/33
Lowestoft. 31/31
Worthing. 31/31
Tooting. 32/29
Harlow. 32/28
Burgess Hill. 28/27

Thankfully there will only be one club relegated this season as the new structure at Step 3 begins next season.

Historically, the bottom Isthmian side have finished their season on 43 points or less. Sudbury finished one from bottom on 46 pts last term and were relegated. And 53 points wasn't enough to escape the drop for Harrow....they were lucky to escape with a reprieve.

So what will we need to ensure survival?

Any one of nine clubs could find themselves holding the wooden spoon at the seasons end. Which ensures we will be involved in a few six pointers.
Starting with Enfield on Tuesday evening.
Tooting later in the month, and Burgess Hill at home, are both must win games too.

With the congestion so tight at the bottom of the table, a total of 46 pts should be enough, which means we need 15 points from our remaining 15 games. If Jake Reed can refind his predatory instincts then that's quite achievable.

Four wins and three draws then.
It's going to be another 'one more point' plod though....☹️
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Re: MINI-LEAGUE 2017/18
Reply #1 - 6th Feb, 2018 at 11:19pm
 
Having seen off a depleted Enfield this evening we can breathe a little easier, but not relax.

Tooting achieved what we couldn't at Wingate, escaping with a point. So no real change at the bottom.
We have leapfrogged Needham so are not the lowest Suffolk club.

Our next three fixtures could be season defining.....Dulwich at home and Billericay away. Two points from the pair would an achievement....but with Jake Reeds ⚽️⚽️drought broken and his confidence high could we yet surprise one or both of the high fliers?

The third game is probably the most important. A real six pointer.
Sat, Feb 17th Tooting come calling. This game is a must win.‼️

So as it stands were 18th on 34 from 32👍

12 more pts needed from 14 games
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Reply #2 - 9th Feb, 2018 at 6:15pm
 
Thanks to Levreds 2-1 victory over Burgess Hill on Weds evening the Sussex club remain rooted to bottom spot.

That could all change tomorrow as they travel to Harlow in a real six pointer. A win would see them leapfrog the Essex outfit with remaining games in hand.

It's too early to predict the final wooden spoonists but Harlow would be my guess if pushed.

The basement could look significantly different come 5pm tomorrow.


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Reply #3 - 14th Feb, 2018 at 4:08pm
 

Harlow and Burgess Hill shared the points on Saturday. So both remain in the red zone.

Tootings win over Wingate was a surprise.

It makes Saturday's game so important for both us and them. A real six pointer.
To stay clear of the critical zone we need to do the double over the resurgent South London outfit.‼️

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