SSML Premier Division preview: Dacorum derby tops the bill - as long as rain doesn’t stop play

Berkhamsted FC (in yellow) v Oxhey Jets, January 2014.
Berkhamsted FC (in yellow) v Oxhey Jets, January 2014.

There is a mouthwatering Dacorum derby between Berkhamsted and Leverstock Green in prospect tomorrow – if the Pancake Lane pitch can stand up to some heavy overnight rain.

As it stands, the match is still due to go ahead, but the weather forecast for tonight and tomorrow morning does not bode well for the SSML Premier Division clash.

If the game does manage to beat the weather, Berkhamsted boss Mick Vipond will be desperate for win over his former team in order to keep the Comrades’ title challenge firmly on track.

Berkhamsted have been flying high in the league all season and currently occupy second place in the table – just two points adrift of league leaders Ampthill Town.

Levy, meanwhile, have recovered well from their early season woes and have moved up to 19th place in the division.

Berko had a tough test on Tuesday night when they battled through to the semi-finals of the Premier Division Cup with an extra-time victory over Hoddesdon at Broadwater.

Leverstock will be the fresher of the two teams, however, with Dene Gardner’s side not having played a game since drawing 0-0 with London Tigers at Pancake Lane on January 18.

Elsewhere in the division, Tring Athletic are due to travel to Harefield United, weather permitting.

Tring drew 0-0 with Hadley at the Grass Roots Stadium on Saturday in one of only three games played in the SSML that day.

Athletic currently sit in 13th place in the division, while Harefield are two places and just one point above Julian Robinson’s side in 11th position.