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Village out to end their year on a high note

North Village –v Devonshire Colts

League leaders North Village have a chance to end the first half of the season on a high and take a comfortable lead into the Christmas break.

Coming off the 7-1 drubbing of title rivals PHC last weekend, the Rams must not put their guard down with Colts coming to town on the back of a derby win over Cougars.

Colts' coach Keishon Smith knows what his side are up against and a draw would be a superb result at Bernard Park.

Given the free-flowing football Village are playing at the moment anything other than a win for the Red Army is very unlikely.

Prediction: Village 3-0

Devonshire Cougars –v Dandy TownThe match of the day will see these city rivals lock horns in what has been a tricky first half of the season for both teams at Devonshire Rec.

And both sides could do with signing off before the Christmas break with three points, albeit for very different reasons.

Defending champions, Hornets, need the win to keep pace with Village, while Cougars need points to keep themselves out of the relegation battle.

That's a far cry for a team that harboured real title aspirations, but a win over their heated rivals might go some way to salvaging their season.

Prediction: Town 3-2

PHC v Boulevard

PHC must bounce back from a disappointing week that saw them get thrashed by Village before drawing their game in hand against Somerset Eagles.

At least they stopped the bleeding against Eagles and they are still only two points behind Shaun Goater's high-flying side.

And it might be a blessing that they have hit their bad spell now as there's still plenty of time to make up ground on the league leaders.

But they will need to bring their best against Boulevard who lost to St. David's in their last outing.

Boulevard have been steady thus far in the season and will start as underdogs at the Southampton Oval.

Prediction: PHC 3-1

St George's –v Southampton Rangers

Both these teams are in decent form at the moment and it will probably come down to which team's strikers are in the best form as to who claims the points.

Expect Colts' Clay Darrell and Jahron Dickinson to cause the Rangers backline a few headaches and earn their team the victory at Wellington Oval.

Prediction: St. George's 2-0

Somerset Eagles –v St David's

Somerset Eagles are one of the in form teams in the Premier Division and look like pulling themselves away from the dreaded drop zone.

They had an encouraging draw against PHC in midweek and another good result against St David's will serve as another confidence-booster.

St David's pulled off their first road win of the season last weekend against Boulevard but are probably running into Eagles at the wrong time.

Prediction: Eagles 2-1

Photo by Glenn Tucker Goal crazy: Village celebrate their second goal against PHC last Sunday at Bernard Park. Village won 7-1 to go clear at the top of the Premier Division.

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Published December 10, 2010 at 1:00 am (Updated December 11, 2010 at 7:38 am)

Village out to end their year on a high note

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