Town desperate to end nightmare
Devonshire Colts and Dandy Town will both be battling to halt their winless run in the Premier Division when they meet in a bottom-of-the-table match at Police Field.
This time last season both teams were in the top three, with Town going on to win an eighth title by a comfortable eight points over Robin Hood.
Colts slumped in the second half of the campaign, only avoiding relegation by two points over Southampton Rangers who went down with Hamilton Parish.
Now both Colts and Town, who are yet to win a league game, could find themselves in the bottom two over Christmas if Flanagan's Onions beat Boulevard in tonight's match at Goose Gosling Field.
An Onions win would leave the bottom two six points adrift overnight and desperately needing to win their next three league games in order to begin climbing out of the drop zone.
Already Town have lost five games, compared to just two last season, and while there is no panic in the camp just yet, things could begin to change with another loss tomorrow.
After that they play Onions before taking on PHC Zebras who appear to be a good bet to replace them as league champions.
Compared to last season when they scored 59 goals and conceded just 19, Town have only scored six in six while conceding 13.
Colts are slightly worse, five goals and 15 against. After this weekend, Colts close out the first half of the season with matches against Somerset Trojans and Flanagan's Onions.
At the other end of the table, joint leaders PHC and North Village will look to extend their unbeaten record this weekend to set up an eagerly-anticipated top-of-the-table clash at PHC Field next weekend.
Tomorrow, Zebras entertain promoted side Somerset Eagles while Village travel to Devonshire Recreation Club to meet the Cougars in a derby match.
Cougars, expected to be battling for survival, have been one of the surprise teams so far, climbing to fourth in the table after winning the Dudley Eve Trophy with a 1-0 victory over PHC earlier this month.
Young Men's Social Club, the runaway First Division leaders, put their perfect record on the line when they host St George's Colts at PHC Field tomorrow.
The East Enders did Social Club — and themselves — a favour when they beat Southampton Rangers in a nine-game thriller at Southampton Oval, a result that gave Social Club some breathing space at the top after St David's also lost.
X-Roads not only took all three points from their visit to St David's but also replaced St David's in second place, five points behind the leaders.
X-Roads travel the length of the island for what looks to be a certain three points against bottom team Ireland Rangers, while St David's aim to bounce back against Paget Lions at Southampton Oval.
Rangers, now fourth, meet fifth-placed Wolves at Devonshire Recreation Club while Hamilton Parish host BAA at Wellington Oval.
n The Wellington Oval will host the Friendship Trophy and Shield finals on New Year's Day.
The quarter-final matches are scheduled for December 17 and 18 when Friendship Trophy holders Somerset Trojans play Town. The semi-finals are scheduled for Boxing Day at PHC Field and December 27 at Lord's.