Sunday League end of season predictions - part one

It’s that time of the season when Herts Advertiser Sunday League expert Brian Hubball predicts the teams’ outcome at the end of the season. Here’s the first instalment.

Premier Division

AFC Rangers

Having an excellent cup season, still involved in all cup competitions, need to recapture this form for league games. Jimmy Hill once again their top marksman. No threat to title contenders. Fifth position.

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In the midst of rebuilding with some younger blood in their team. Boasted three Dad’s and their sons in the same team. Still a tough nut to crack. Could the ‘Son of Eamonn’ be the live wire they need? Fourth place will be a good finish.

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Present champions battling away to retain title, outstanding defence, will fight to the end but its runners-up for them, despite the goals they will score.

Pheonix

Unable to regain last season’s form, leaking too many goals. Still relying on Liam Addlesee to score the goals. Long struggle ahead as they finish in bottom place.

Skew Bridge

Good strong in-depth squad, top goalscorers in the division. New goal-getter in Ed Frost to assist regular marksman Mark Hitchcock. Still in all cup competitions. Will take some beating. My tip to become champions, first time since season 2005-06.

Verulam Arms

Newly promoted, finding the going very hard, only one win in seven games. Matt Kenneford scoring the goals again but not as freely as last season in Division One. My tip to finish in sixth position.

Vision

Have already defeated the champions this season, but not consistent enough, let too many games slip when they should be challenging for honours. A better organised team this season. A third place finish will mean they will have to pull out all the stops each Sunday.

Division One

Blackberry Jack

Started the season well with three straight wins but have recently fallen into a run of defeats. A good footballing side but not scoring the goals expected of them. Fifth place is all they can hope for.

Bradmore Rovers

Struggling at the foot of the table, unable to get their act together, only one win to their credit. Glenn Mair was a prolific goalscorer last term, not as prolific this season. A struggle ahead, finishing in eighth slot.

Brookmans Park

Capable of some good results but not consistent enough to be a threat to title chasing sides. Adam Davies showing signs of some good goalscoring form. A fourth place finish will be the result of some battling performances.

FC Potters Bar

A tough side to beat but haven’t shown any real consistent form this term. Desperately need a goalscorer. Will finish one place lower than last season, in sixth position.

Harpenden Arms

High scoring team, topping the division at the moment with just one defeat. Goals come regularly from any one of five players. I can’t see any team shifting them off the top slot as they become champions.

Oaks

Finished as runners-up last season, didn’t wish to be promoted. High-scoring side with Harry Hunt their main goalscorer. Have yet to face the Arms side. My money is on them again finishing in runners-up position.

Queens Head Sandridge

Moved down a division into a more comfort zone. Still scoring the goals, mainly through Phil Turner, but leaking many as well. Not setting division alight but still capable of upsetting the apple cart. Seventh place finish well within their capabilities.

Six Bells

The mixture of youth and experience paying off well for Alan Charran’s team. Neil Farmer props up the defence and Martin Gentleman scores the goals, that seems to be the formula. It should take them to a very hard earned third position, I’m really sticking my neck out here.

Division Two

Beaver Travel

Another team with many experienced players in their squad, (how long can they go on?). They move the ball about well with fine flowing football but not scoring the goals this season and a suspect defence. Will do well to hold onto eighth slot.

Church End

A good fast flowing football outfit that never give up, capable of defeating any of the team in the division. A third place finish will be a good reward for their efforts.

Colney Heath Rangers

Performing better than last season when just missing out on relegation. Still need a main marksmen, although the team does score goal through many players. Sixth place a good achievement.

Herts Mauritian

Moved up from Division Four, maybe a division too far. Finding their feet, need time to adjust. Dan Morris a reliable marksman. Plenty of endeavour in the side. Tenth place will see them in one of the relegation places.

Insurance Store

A big disappointment so far this season despite having held the league leaders to a draw. Expected to be one of the front-runners. Seventh place will be a big disappointment.

Pheonix Res

Lack of consistency, capable of the odd shock result as they have already defeated the team at the top. Need a main marksman to help them to finish in fourth slot.

PSV

The possible loss of prolific marksman Craig Taylor or often he can play is a big setback to the club. If he doesn’t play goals will have to be spread throughout the good footballing side to make sure they grab the fifth position.

Skew Bridge Res

Leading the division at the moment, good all round team, top goalscorers and very tight defence. Goals shared around the team with James Elliott leading the bunch. My definite tip to become champions.

Victoria

Expected to be one of the front runners following promotion last season, but struggling to get numbers on the pitch on a Sunday. Battling to keep their head above water. Ninth place finish.

Wheathampstead Icarus

Good footballing team backed by a solid defence. Will always score goals, have yet to fail to find the back of the opponents net. They will have to battle all season to grab the runners-up slot.

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