League Roundup 31/12/2009

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Mebs Virani
Sun 10 Jan '10 @ 5:24pm

As the first half of the season draws to a close the teams in contention for honours and promotion have now emerged in all the divisions.
Current Premier division champions,Iron Room A,hold the top spot in the Premier,15 points ahead of Herne Bay A but having played two more games.The first half meeting of these sides saw a decisive 6-3 win for the holders,spearheaded by an unbeaten performance from Phil Morford.With just 3 defeats this season and an average of 88% Morford has been very instrumental in his side’s bid to retain the title.
In third place are Hoath A,who have made a steady start to their campaign. They have suffered two 4-5 losses to both the top sides but the return to form of Ian Mileham and the return of Barry Chapman from injury in the new year will sound a clear warning to the top two of their intention to press for the title.
After a slow start to the season.Hoath B have worked themselves into 4th place,five points behind their A side and they will be looking to improve on their first half showing to try and break into the top 3.
At the other end of the table the situation does not look good for Choughs B,having taken just 13 points from 8 games.Rough Common are 7 points clear of Choughs but they have struggled for their points,while Herne Bay B are only 4 points ahead of the Common and have relied heavily on the form of Peter Roberts to keep them afloat.

The 1st division title tussle sees 5 possible teams in contention for the title,separated by just 16 points. Faversham A occupy top slot,ahead of Chestfield Warriors 2.These two sides meet in the first week of January in a match that is vital to both sides. Despite losing 3 matches Faversham have scored emphatic wins in their other 6 games and this statistic could determine the outcome at the end.
Iron Room B have slowly moved into 3rd place,a point behind Warriors. They face 4th placed Hoath C on January 4th in another match crucial to both sides.
After suffering 3 defeats in succession,Herne Bay D have regrouped and halted their disastrous run to move into 5th spot,6 points behind Hoath and complete the quintet of teams tussling for the title.
Heron B are in 6th place,while Natives occupy 7th slot,one point behind but having played a game more.While these two sides may not be in the immediate running for honours they may well play a significant part in the eventual outcome of the title race.Both teams have had good results against the top sides in the first half and have slowly improved over the course of the first half of the season.
The bottom 4 sides in division 4 are all involved in a relegation struggle. Six points separate Rough CommonB and bottom side,Choughs D,while second from bottom,Choughs C,have yet to win a match.

Herne Bay E are the undisputed leaders of Division 2 at the start of the second half of the season. Unbeaten in 8 matches they have comprehensively beaten the 3 sides below them and opened up a 13 point lead over second placed,Blean A and show no signs of relinquishing their dominant position. Of the 3 sides below them,Blue Lawn Lilac Time have two games in hand over Blean and are 10 points behind in 4th place.They have recovered their composure after losing to both Bay E and Blean A.
At the foot of the table Faversham C are rooted at the bottom of the division,with just one win in 6 matches. They trail both Herne Bay E and Faversham B by 6 points but do have a game in hand over both of them. Faversham B escaped relegation last season with a late surge and look poised to repeat that in 2010.

Choughs E are hanging on to top spot in Division 3 but only by one point over club colleagues,Choughs F. The F side’s one defeat has been against the E side but they have had slightly better results against the other sides than the E side. In third place is Herne Bay J but they trail the leaders by 8 points and have already lost 4 of their 7 games played. The next two sides,Chestfield Warriors 4 and Warriors 5 are both locked on 31 points,nine points behind the leaders but Warriors 4 have a two game advantage over their club colleagues.
The relegation issues in Division 3 have hardly begun to happen,with two of the bottom 3 sides have only played 3 matches in the first half. Blean D are stuck at the bottom with no wins in 5 matches,while Natives C are 9 points ahead of Blean,unbeaten but still have 6 matches to play in the first half.

The most successful side in the league so far are 4th division leaders Chestfield Warriors 7 They have amassed 62 points from 8 games and have a 17 point lead over second placed,Herne Bay K.The latter are tussling with Warriors 6 for second slot but 4th placed,Dizzy Heights A,are moving up the table quietly. They beat Warriors 6 in a close clash and have a significant 2 match advantage over Warriors 6. Faversham E are in 5th place,5 points behind Dizzy Heights but will struggle to make a breakthrough into the top 3.

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