Village looking to make theirs a ‘double’
North Village are a draw and two wins away from another league and FA Cup double after Robin Hood's defeat last weekend.
Village look certain to wrap up a ninth league title, if not tomorrow night when Dandy Town take on Somerset Eagles at Goose Gosling Field, then possibly on March 15 when they meet Southampton Rangers away.
Third-place Town are nine points behind Village with a game in hand, and can only win the league on goal difference.
Three of Village's last four titles have also included FA Cup titles, winning the “double” in 2001-02, 2002-03 and 2005-06.
After Hood's defeat against Devonshire Cougars last weekend, which eliminated them from the title race, Village moved to within a point of the title after their home win over Somerset Eagles.
Kenny Thompson's side can wrap up the league if Eagles, who need points to move out of the relegation zone, take a point off Town tomorrow. It may not be an impossible task, despite their league positions, as Eagles beat Town 1-0 in their season opener back in September.
Forty points, which has been good enough to win the league in the past three seasons, is again the magic number.
PHC Zebras won the league in the past two seasons with 42 and 43 points, after Hood finished second on 39 points each time.
Hood's own title hopes were hurt this season by seven draws, the most in the top flight this season.
If Town beat Eagles, Village will have to wait another ten days to clinch the title when they meet Rangers, another team battling against relegation.
Village will spend this week preparing for their FA Cup semi-final tie against First Division side Devonshire Colts, whom they watched beat St George's on Saturday in a top-of-the-table clash at Wellington Oval.
Colts did the same the next day at Bernard Park when they watched Village's match against Eagles as part of their preparation for the semi-final at Goose Gosling Field this weekend.
“That's going to be another test, but a test we want,” Ray Jones, the Colts coach, said after his team's 3-1 win over St George's.
Village will certainly not be taking their opponents lightly after Colts inflicted a 4-2 upset over PHC in the previous round.
Colts won the last of their five FA Cup titles in 2006-07 as a First Division side.