Matches hit by weather woes

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ONLY 11 matches went ahead at the weekend in the top four tiers of Non-League football although the Southern League fared best of all by staging seven games, including the Central Division encounter between Ashford Town and Slough Town.

Sadly Woodford United and Daventry Town were among the snow and ice casualties although Banbury United got in a game on the south coast when winning by a 4-2 margin at Weymouth.

Slough moved into the play-off places with a 2-1 victory on a day when a couple of fixtures also went ahead in both the Ryman and Welsh Leagues. No play was possible in either the Conference or the Evo-Stik Northern League.

Another week of inactivity left Daventry with half a dozen league games carried over in a season which is only a third of the way towards completion with 24 points having been accrued from 14 outings.

Multiplied by three, that would lead to a seasonal tally of 72 points but all importantly still five points shy of the total (77) needed to acquire a play-off place last season.

On the credit side though, the Town have played only five of their 14 league games at Communications Park so hopes are high for some improved performances in the run-up to Christmas.

A slightly warmer weather forecast holds out some hope that this Saturday’s scheduled home clash with Biggleswade will go ahead as the Waders bid to follow up a 1-0 home win over the Town in the second game of the season.

In the current period of inactivity top scorer Tom Berwick is likely to have become apoplectic and not just because he has nothing to do on Tuesday nights and Saturday afternoons!

One of Berwick’s two goals at Slough were wrongly credited to Ryan Howell and to make matters worse he has now “lost” two of the six goals he scored in recent matches against Uxbridge, Bedworth and Burnham.

The upshot of all this is that the Zamaretto League’s website shows him as the third joint top scorer in the Central Division with 10 league and cup goals. That puts him alongside Woodford’s Nathan Liburd and Simeon Smith of Atherstone.

By rights though Berwick should head the charts with 13 goals despite missing the opening seven games of the season while trying unsuccessfully to break into Nuneaton’s Conference League side.

For the record the Town’s sharpshooter has netted twice against Brackley, Slough, Woodford, Uxbridge, Bedworth and Burnham not to mention a single strike in the 4-1 win over Rugby Town at Butlin Road.

All of that should have left him on the 13 mark, two ahead of Hitchin pair Jamie Arlick and John Frendo with Liburd and Smith sharing third place. No doubt the Southern League will put the records straight at some point in the season.