Premier South

Welcome once again to this season’s Combined Counties League preview which is done purely for fun but mainly to show just how hopeless a tipster I am

PREMIER SOUTH

AFC Croydon Athletic - Last season was a bit of a struggle for The Rams and I am afraid that, this season, they may not fare much better. The for and against ratio will have to improve greatly if they are to climb the rankings

Abbey Rangers - A well organised club that will be pushing, once again, towards the top of the table

Alton - Rather isolated towards the south of the region, Alton may prove to be something of a dark horse this season

Badshot Lea - The Baggies enjoyed their best ever season last time round and I have seen nothing to suggest that another promotion challenge will not be forthcoming

Balham - Their youth development programme should ensure a top half finish, at least.

Banstead Athletic - Unless there has been a major input of quality, The A’s look likely to have another season struggling.

Camberley Town - The Krooners always go quietly about their business and, as usual, they will be tough to beat, Probably need some more goals from the team though

Cobham - The Hammers are rather similar to Camberley in many ways and I see no reason why they wont be safe in mid table.

Colliers Wood United - The Wood will be looking to improve on last season’s 11th place and some shrewd signings should help with this.

Farnham Town - The improvements at the club in the past couple of years will enhance an improved performance on the pitch.

Fleet Town - They will be looking to improve on last season and I categorise them as similar to Alton.

Frimley Green - Always one of the hardest clubs to predict but they will be hoping for continued improvement at least.

Guildford City - City need to have a settled manager who is given time. Everything is there for a step up but competition is fierce so mid table area probably.

Horley Town - So much potential at The New Defence and a good start and momentum could see them go close.

Jersey Bulls - Definitely amongst the front runners again.

Knaphill - The Knappers will be towards the top of the league and with added consistency, could make a play off place.

Raynes Park Vale - The recent transformations at Grand Drive added to good finances means they are the title favourites. No pressure then!

Redhill - Very similar to Knaphill so another decent season ahead.

Sheerwater - The Sheers should be fine once again although they need to shore up their defence a little.

Tadley Calleva - Their Wessex League form suggests they might struggle but a welcome addition to the league nontheless.

Our Top 5

1 Raynes Park Vale

2 Jersey Bulls

3 Badshot Lea

4 Abbey Rangers

5 Horley Town

 

Premier North

Welcome once again to this season’s Combined Counties League preview which is done purely for fun but mainly to show just how hopeless a tipster I am.

PREMIER NORTH

Ascot United - It’s a lovely set up at The Racecourse and I fully expect United to be challenging for promotion.

Broadfields United - They may find moving to the CCL a lot tougher but they have enough to hold their own.

Burnham - Tough to call but my gut feeling is they will be near the top this time round.

Chalfont St Peter - One of the main challengers at the top if they have summered well.

Edgware & Kingsbury - A new name but I can’t see past mid table this season I’m afraid.

Egham Town - If the Sarnies get off to a good start and add a few more goals then the play offs beckon, at least.

Flackwell Heath - The North division certainly has some pretty away days and I can see The Heath nearer the top than the bottom.

Harefield United - The more I look at this division, the harder it is to predict and The Hares must be respected this season.

Hilltop - Hilltop play some attractive football and may be the big surprise this season.

Holyport - Unless there have been drastic changes, The Port may be struggling again.

London Lions - Very much like Hilltop although better in my opinion. Could go very close.

North Greenford United - Seasoned campaigners and it would be no surprise if they were in the shake up once again.

Oxhey Jets - The renaissance of The Jets is welcome though this will be a tough challenge.

Reading City - So much potential and there just might be something to shout about in the Berkshire city football wise this season.

Spelthorne Sports - Should be fine and will be looking to improve on last season.

Virginia Water - Would love to see them playing at The Timbers but their exile in Windsor may be a hindrance.

Wallingford & Crowmarsh - A new name and momentum sees them as outsiders for a play off place.

Wembley - A superb playing surface encourages good football but I can’t see past mid table once again.

Windsor. Like Egham, The Stags need a good start for a good season. Don’t write them off.

Wokingham & Emmbrook - My dark horse this season based on info received.

Our Top 5

1 Ascot United

2 Harefield United

3 Egham Town

4 North Greenford United

5 Reading City

 

Division 1

Welcome once again to this season’s Combined Counties League preview which is done purely for fun but mainly to show just how hopeless a tipster I am.

DIVISION 1

AFC Aldermaston - Struggled last season but should have enough to avoid problems.

Bagshot - A decent pre-season does not always preclude a good season but I expect some improvement.

Bedfont - Pre season ground issues may be unsettling but I think mid table will be achieved.

Berks County - Nothing to suggest anything different from last season so County will be fine.

British Airways - Will probably be affected by events at Bedfont but should be good enough this season for safety.

Brook House - Glad to see the club name reversion and I think The Brook will go well.

CB Hounslow United - Will hope for better fortune this time around but there may be another tough campaign ahead.

Cove - Rather like CB Hounslow, Cove need a good start and a tougher defence at least.

Eversley & California - Didn’t last the pace last season and this looks tougher this season. Top half only maybe.

FC Deportivo Galicia - If it’s goals you want then this is the team to watch. However, a leaky defence will need to be shored up or it’s mid table.

Hillingdon Borough - A famous non league game but Borough need more than history if they are to improve.

Langley - Really hard to assess but I will stick my neck out and say a slight improvement this season.

London Samurai Rovers - 2nd season syndrome at senior level may kick in for the Samurai so a tough time ahead, maybe.

Molesey - The Moles had a traumatic time last season so they may welcome a season of consolidation.

Penn & Tylers Green - Tricky place to visit so, based on that, probably about half way.

Rayners Lane - Vibrant club who will be serious challengers this season.

Rising Ballers Kensington - The new merger will, no doubt, unleash some fine young talent so a dark horse for promotion.

Sandhurst Town - Much potential here but need to find more consistency to be considered for the title.

Spartans Youth - Not to be underestimated if they acclimatise to senior football quickly.

Westside - Delighted to see them back (obviously) and their spell in the Southern Counties Eastern should stand them in good stead.

Woodley United - They may find this another tough season if significant signings have not been made.

Our top 5

1 Rayners Lane

2 Brook House

3 Sandhurst Town

4 Westside

5 Rising Ballers Kensington