Slough Town v Billericay Town, National South, Arbour Park, Slough, Saturday 12th October - kick-off 15h00
There is no doubting 'Ricays ambitions - automatic promotion. However, despite starting the season as strong contenders for the title, they have only won three of their last ten league outings - having drawn their last four league fixtures - and are now ten points adrift of the league leaders. As a result they dismissed their manager prior to the last league game. Of particular concern must be their away form - having failed to win any of their last five outings. Their full league record is:
W 1 - 0 (H) Eastbourne Borough; W 2 - 3 (A) Braintree Town; L 2 - 0 (A) Chippenham Town; W 2 - 1 (H) Welling United; D 1 - 1 (A) Hampton & Richmond Borough; W 3 - 2 (H) St. Albans City; L 3 - 0 (A) Hemel Hempstead Town; W 3 - 0 (H) Hungerford Town; D 1 - 1 (A) Chelmsford City; D 1 - 1 (H) Bath City; D 2 - 2 (A) Oxford City; D 2 - 2 (H) Dorking Wanderers.
Their leading league goal scorer is Jake Robinson with 7 goals.
They have faired better in the F.A. Cup having recorded victories against Basildon Town 1 - 0 (H, 2Q) and Bath City W 4 - 2 (H, 3Q). In the final qualifying round 'Ricay have been drawn to play National League Sutton United, away.
Both Billericay Town and Slough Town were promoted to National South last season - Billericay as champions of the Isthmian Premier League.
The Essex team finished the season in 8th position with 65 points. P42 W19 D8 L15 GF72 GA65 - just two points ahead of Rebels.
Billericay won in Essex 3 - 2 in late January with Ben Harris netting both goals for Rebels (43m and 86m). In the return fixture, in mid-March, Rebels gained revenge with a 2 - 1 success, thanks to goals from Matt Lench (32m) and Manny Williams, 70m, pen).
Bookies Odds: Slough Town Win 3/2; the Draw 11/4; Billericay Town Win 2/1
Prediction: Another tough game, but given home advantage (and the disappointment of the Cup defeat), the home team must surely be keen to extend their nine league game unbeaten streak.
Slough Town 2 - 0 Billericay Town