Team of the Week 25th January

Step Five is the focus in this week’s awards, with all three selections playing five levels below the football league.

Third Place: Ashford Town (Middlesex)

The Tangerines are riding high in the Combined Counties League Premier Divison, currently in second place. On Saturday, they thrashed Chessington & Hook 7-1 to maintain the pressure on leaders Hartley Wintney in what is becoming a two horse race in the Step Five league. Even more impressive for Ashford is that two of their team scored hat tricks in the win. Mark Bitmead and Dan Fleming were the treble hitters as the team extended their winning run in the league to five games, and saw Fleming hit his second successive hat trick.

Second Place: AFC Kempston Rovers

Like the CCL, the United Counties League is turning into a two team title race, between Leicester Nirvana and AFC Kempston Rovers. Rovers are unbeaten in the league so far this season, and their 2-1 home win over Wisbech Town sees them make it sixteen wins and eight draws from their twenty four matches.

Kempston are the last remaining side in the top nine tiers of English football who are yet to taste defeat.


Winner: Alvechurch

Alvechurch take the award this week thanks to a draw at Hereford, which ended the Bulls’ incredible run of twenty seven straight wins. The result means that second placed Church remain twelve points adrift of Peter Beadle’s leaders, but have five games in hand, and welcome Hereford to Lye Meadow at the end of March in what is sure to be a titanic battle. By the time that game comes around, the two should be closer together in terms of games played, and it could well be a title decider.

Well done to all the teams here, and especially to Alvechurch for taking the award this week. Incidentally, all the teams mentioned have applied for promotion from Step 5 to Step 4 should they win their divisions. Do you agree with this week’s choice? Get in touch on twitter (@undertheleague) and tell me who you would  have picked to win this week, and nominate future winners.


About James Bartaby

Hey, I'm James and I'm relatively new to non-league football, having only taken in my first match in September 2011. Despite it being a 0-4 defeat for Hampton & Richmond Borough, I became a huge fan of the club and NL in general. So much so that they are now the first club that I mention when talking about which team I support! I just got massively disillusioned with top flight football in this country and the attitudes of the lawmakers and top clubs in general, and I wanted to start taking my son to see decent football. I am now the club's Deputy Press Officer, and loving every minute!

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