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Parish could seal promotion with Eagles facing relegation

Pole position: Hamilton Parish can clinch promotion with victory over St David's on Sunday (File photograph by Lawrence Trott)

Hamilton Parish are poised to confirm their promotion back to the Premier Division after a six-year absence while Somerset Eagles are one defeat away from becoming the first team to be relegated during a crucial weekend of football.

Parish, who were relegated in the 2015-16 season after three campaigns in the top flight, entertain St David’s at Wellington Oval tomorrow knowing that another three points will be enough to seal promotion.

The unbeaten league leaders missed out on promotion last season when the campaign was halted in December with Parish and Young Men’s Social Club setting the early pace in the promotion race.

Parish have managed to carry on where they left off and now promotion could become a reality for coach Sergio Goater’s team.

In fact they could also clinch the First Division title this weekend depending how Boulevard fare against Wolves at Goose Gosling Field tonight (9pm).

Parish, on 34 points, hold a seven-point lead over BAA with Boulevard a further two points behind in third place. Parish and Boulevard both have a game in hand on BAA.

Victory for Parish would take them to 37 points, one more than BAA can finish with from their remaining three games. BAA’s match with Paget has been switched to Monday night at BAA Field (9pm).

The promotion race is down to the three teams, with two of them earning a place in the top flight while three teams will be relegated in order to return the Premier Division to ten teams next season.

Somerset Eagles will go down if they fail to beat Devonshire Colts at Police Field tomorrow as they have only a slim chance of finishing above Colts, the team just above the relegation zone.

Eagles have just five points and Colts 16 which leaves Eagles having to win their last four matches in order to finish on 17 points, while also hoping that Colts lose their four remaining matches.

Southampton Rangers, another team facing relegation, play Devonshire Cougars at Southampton Oval today.

The other matches will impact the title race and the fight for Dudley Eve places next season.

Leaders Dandy Town extended their lead at the top with a 3-1 win over North Village on Wednesday night, avenging their earlier league loss to Village, the only team to beat them this season.

Town, who play Robin Hood at Goose Gosling Field tomorrow, will be aiming to keep that lead until PHC play Southampton Rangers on Tuesday in their make-up match.

The Zebras take on St George’s at Wellington Oval tomorrow, a side they only managed to beat 3-2 earlier this season, though St George’s have been struggling lately, slipping to seventh in the standings

In tomorrow’s other match North Village meet Somerset Trojans at Bernard Park, with captain Tahmi Williams serving a ban after his sending off against Town on Wednesday night.

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Published March 19, 2022 at 7:46 am (Updated March 19, 2022 at 7:46 am)

Parish could seal promotion with Eagles facing relegation

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