Massive results in the fight for survival in the Ryman North as both Barkingside and Cray Wanderers win to keep Side’s hopes of staying up alive with two games to go and for Cray it sends them clear of the drop an amazing achievement really.
Brentwood 1-3 Barkingside-
For Brentwood they now need to equal Dereham’s result this coming Saturday to finalise a play-off space in the Ryman North as they lose ground on third place AFC Sudbury. However the Blues can still climb above Sudbury with a win on Saturday and hope that AFC Sudbury draw or lose.
Brentwood led in this game at half time, but a spirited performance by Barkingside in the second half gave the relegation threatened club a win, goals from ex-Miller Lee Weemes and two from the always lively Calvin Poku.
For Barkingside after dropping two points at home to Redbridge on Saturday this was a game they just had to win or face certain relegation. After trailing at half time Barkingside recovered superbly to turn the game and league table on its head.
Now going into the penultimate game of the season, Barkingside sit in 23rd place with 44 played and have 41 points. Just ahead of them is Redbridge with 42 points with a worse goal difference. Romford are just on the right side of the line on goal difference by 10 goals with 42 points as well.
Maldon & Tiptree are not out of it either in 20th place as they only are now 3 points clear of the bottom three after a poor run of form at the wrong time.
Cray Wanderers 4-0 Waltham Abbey-
For Cray their great escape is almost complete. This emphatic result, against a Waltham Abbey side who have already clinched their survival weeks ago has left Cray needing really one point from two games. Cray’s win means it’s their 8th on the trot, a fantastic achievement from the club after being nailed on for relegation just a month ago.
They are now an amazing 18th placed with 46 points from 44 matches, leapfrogging Chatham, Maldon & Tiptree, Romford, Redbridge and Barkingside during their amazing transformation.
For Waltham Abbey however they could be accused of already being on their holidays as recent form has slipped for them who started the season like a house on fire.
The Abbey now sit in 16th with 52 points. They are level on points with Great Wakering Rovers and Cheshunt FC, and the club they can look up to overtake is Thamesmead Town on 55 points in 14th place.