Where the Hellenic Premier Division title race could be won and lost

It's only September but there are already FOUR standout sides in the HLPREM
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Joe Grant celebrates for Bracknell Town. Photo: Richard Claypole.
Joe Grant celebrates for Bracknell Town. Photo: Richard Claypole.

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It’s almost certainly too early to be talking about the Uhlsport Hellenic Premier Division title in September, but that’s never stopped us before.

There are four stand out sides in the division so far this season – unsurprisingly made up from four of last seasons top six with Wantage Town there or there abouts.

Those four? Current leaders and the only side with a 100% record Highworth Town, second placed Flackwell Heath, third placed and unbeaten (one draw) Bracknell Town and fifth placed Thatcham Town.

We think it’s fair to say this seasons champions will come from one of those four sides with only two defeats between them in a combined 37 games.

Editors note: Any supporters reading this thinking we are dismissing their club, we’re not (and boy oh boy have we been wrong before). For the purposes of this article though we’ve picked what we think are the divisions best four teams.

Adam Cornell challenges Thame United. Photo: Neil Graham.
Adam Cornell challenges Thame United. Photo: Neil Graham.

This seasons fight for the title could of course be even more intense with the distinct possibility that for one season only the top two sides could go up – read why here – we think that the ultimate champions will be decided based on the matches between those sides.

So here’s the dates when they’ll meet, put them in your diaries because if they are anything like the meetings of the divisions best sides last season you can expect goals, drama and the odd meltdown!

Here we go:

23rd September: Thatcham Town vs Bracknell Town

30th September: Flackwell Heath vs Highworth Town

3rd October: Thatcham Town vs Highworth Town

7th October: Thatcham Town vs Flackwell Heath

14th October: Flackwell Heath vs Bracknell Town (the Robins have already beaten Flackwell 3-2 at home this season)

28th October: Bracknell Town vs Thatcham Town

18th November: Flackwell Heath vs Thatcham Town

30th December: Highworth Town vs Bracknell Town

24th January: Highworth Town vs Thatcham Town

27th January: Highworth Town vs Flackwell Heath

2nd February: Bracknell Town vs Highworth Town

Main image: Joe Grant by Neil Graham.

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