Sutton Common Rovers prevented Chertsey Town from clinching the league championship on Saturday with their 2-1 win at Abbey Rangers. Chertsey though now need just one win from their final seven league matches, and the next opportunity is on Tuesday evening when they make the trip to AFC Hayes. The latter are still in relegation problems so it could be quite a match with both sides needing the points for different reasons.
At the other end of the table it is sad to see one of football’s great old amateur clubs in such a position but Walton & Hersham cannot now escape bottom spot and with it, relegation to Division One next season.
The second relegation spot though remains as tight as ever, with three clubs locked on 39 points, all with similar goal differences and CB Hounslow just one point above them on 40.
In Division One, Sheerwater did all they could by winning 3-1 at home to Ash United, in what was their final match. Frimley Green also beat Farnham Town by the same scoreline though which means that the top spot and the one definite promotion spot is now in their own hands as they sit four points behind with two matches (at home to Kensington Borough away to Tooting Bec) left. Sheerwater have the better goal difference so Frimley will need to win both games if they are to clinch the championship.
Whether or not anyone will be relegated from Division One is in the hands of the Football Association. The regulations suggest that AC London will be regarded as the club at the foot of the table following their expulsion midway through the season. Next in line is Cove, and then Fleet Spurs but we shall have to wait until the FA decides.
Fleet can put those worries aside for a few days as they take on Frimley Green on Tuesday evening, at Frimley, to see who will meet Epsom & Ewell on Monday 6 May in the Esoteric Recordings Division One Challenge Cup Final.