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Crucial weekend for clubs in battle to avoid the drop

Somerset Eagles will be the first team relegated if they fail to beat North Village today at White Hill Field (File photograph by Lawrence Trott)

A shortage of officials has forced changes to football fixtures this weekend, as the season enters its final stages.

While Hamilton Parish clinched the First Division title in midweek with victory over Boulevard, the Premier Division title race is set for a grand finale with first and second-placed Dandy Town and PHC targeting victories ahead of their clash on April 9 in the final round of matches.

Traditionally the last round of league matches would be held on the same day, but with the Town and PHC match being the title decider, and with a shortage of officials, that match has been brought forward to a Saturday night.

A couple of relegation spots could be confirmed this weekend with Somerset Eagles meeting North Village at White Hill Field today (5pm) knowing that anything less than victory and a crucial three points will see them relegated.

Eagles and Southampton Rangers are both on eight points at the bottom of the table, but will have to pick up maximum points in their final three encounters in order to have any chance of climbing above Devonshire Colts in the final spot above the relegation zone.

Rangers have a bye this weekend while Colts play X-Roads in a crucial relegation match at Police Field that has been switched to tomorrow at 5pm. X-Roads are just three points behind Colts and a victory would keep the battle open to avoid the final relegation spot, though Colts have a superior goal difference.

Victory for Colts tomorrow will put them six points ahead of X-Roads and with two games remaining, all but relegating the opposition.

After this weekend, Colts will play Dandy Town and Robin Hood while X-Roads take on Hood and Somerset.

Robin Hood play Devonshire Cougars at Goose Gosling Field tonight (9pm) as they look to cement a top-five finish after a strong second half.

In tomorrow’s other matches, league leaders Town take on St George’s at Wellington Oval while PHC are at home to Somerset Trojans.

Tomorrow’s only First Division match sees BAA taking on Young Men’s Social Club at Goose Gosling Field.

The match between Wolves and Vasco has been switched to Tuesday night, while the match between Paget and St David’s will now take place on Monday, both at Goose Gosling Field at 9pm.

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Published March 26, 2022 at 7:21 am (Updated March 26, 2022 at 7:21 am)

Crucial weekend for clubs in battle to avoid the drop

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