Southern Counties East League Premier Division Season Preview 2021/22
Another league starting in July due to the FA Cup fixtures taking place on the following Saturday. It’s been a long few months for the clubs who haven’t been able to play football but they will be raring to get going again as they look to complete the season for the first time in a couple of years.
In the few games that were played during the 2020/2021 season Chatham Town were sitting at the top of the table with ten wins in eleven games and the club will be looking to battle at the top of the table once again but they will have to fight off tough opposition in the likes of Tunbridge Wells and Sheppey United who both had strong starts to the previous campaign.
Three clubs were promoted from Division One of the Southern Counties East League, Holmesdale, Kennington and Rusthall and the three clubs will be looking to start the season positively. Tower Hamlets, who are still looking to complete their first season in the division, will look back at the last campaign with disappointment as they sat bottom without a win in thirteen and the club will be hoping to improve that record during the new season. On the eve of the new season the club announced sixteen new signings so they will be hoping to improve on last season’s record.
Having regularly been in and around the top of the table Beckenham Town departed the league prior to the new season as they were transferred into the Combined Counties League, as for Hollands & Blair, who have also been pushing at the top end of the table regularly, a title push this season could well and truly be on the cards. Another team who will be hoping to improve on their 2020/2021 record will be Fisher FC who finished the campaign in mid-table. The club will be looking to finish higher up the league table this time round. During the last completed season of football in 2019 Fisher finished third in the table but have since dropped to two consecutive twelfth place finishes and they will be hoping to bring back some of the success from the 2018/2019 season.
A surprise package this season could well be Punjab United who have built their team over the summer and are targeting a top half finish. Club manager Chipie Sian claimed when speaking on the clubs social media accounts that they have “changed their style of play and worked hard on certain things this year and hoping we can get a top half finish.”
Over the last few seasons the league has been a closely fought affair with most teams being able to beat anyone on their day and this season will be no different and could once again be a very competitive league. With an average goal count of over 3 per game, the Premier Division certainly provides value for money.
Bearsted v Glebe Canterbury City v Tower Hamlets Crowborough Athletic v Welling Town Deal Town v Chatham Town Erith & Belvedere v Hollands & Blair Erith Town v Lordswood Fisher v Rusthall K Sports v Holmesdale Punjab United v Kennington Tunbridge Wells v Sheppey United