Title race gathers pace

LONG-time Central Division leaders Hitchin and in-form Arlesey clash at the Armadillo Stadium on Tuesday night in a game which could improve Daventry Town’s prospects of coming from behind to snatch the Zamaretto League Division One title, writes Mike Tebbitt.

A draw would do just fine for the Town who themselves face a tricky trip to Marlow before facing a make-or-break confrontation with second-placed Arlesey on Saturday.

Fifth-placed Rugby Town also take on sixth club Leighton Town in five days’ time so there could be seismic changes to the table within the next week.

Rugby ousted Aylesbury from the play-off places at the weekend before entertaining Atherstone on a Tuesday night when Daventry’s scheduled fixture had to be called off because would-be opponents Bedworth United were involved in a Birmingham Senior Cup tie.

Meanwhile the Town face a derby with Woodford United following the Arlesey “six-pointer” before taking on promotion challengers Leighton Town, Rugby, Slough and Aylesbury in quick succession.

Another key date for the diary is the return game with Leighton on April 19 before the league campaign ends with another crack at Woodford at Byfield Road on Easter Monday.

Recent lacklustre performances against the lesser lights of North Greenford and Atherstone also suggest that the Town will have to remain on their toes in order to seriously challenge Hitchin and Arlesey for championship honours.

Games at Marlow and North Greenford present potential banana skins while Soham Town and Bedfont Town have already taken points off the Daventry club earlier in the season.

Then there is the not insignificant matter of whether or not the Town will have six points deducted for irregularities in the Tom Berwick loan signing from Nuneaton, who are said to have written a letter of support to the Football Association.