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Paget Lions on the cusp of promotion

Shakir Smith, centre, and his Paget Lions team-mates can clinch promotion with victory over BAA tomorrow (Photograph by Ras Mykkal)

First Division leaders Paget Lions can clinch promotion with a game to spare when they host fellow title and promotion hopefuls BAA at Southampton Oval tomorrow.

The home team top the standings by a point over second-place Wolves and can secure their top-flight status for next season with victory over BAA whose own title and promotion hopes suffered a setback after losing 1-0 at home to lowly St David’s Warriors in their previous outing.

“If we win on Sunday, we are guaranteed promotion,” Paget player-coach Antwan Russell said. “It’s going to be a good game, so we are excited and are coming to play.

“We look to score goals and entertain and we know what we are good at and just enjoy our football.”

Paget have added incentive having lost 2-1 to their rivals in the first league encounter between the teams at Goose Gosling Field last November.

“That has definitely been on our mind,” Russell added.

“We talked about that so there’s a little extra on the line.”

Like their rivals, Paget are also keen to get back to winning ways having lost 6-2 against Premier Division side North Village in a high-scoring FA Cup semi-final at PHC Field on Thursday night in their previous outing.

BAA trail Paget by two points and are one behind Wolves heading into the penultimate round of the league campaign.

Also in the hunt is fourth place Young Men’s Social Club who can leapfrog Wolves and bolster their own title and promotion bid with victory over hosts Devonshire Colts at Police Field today (3pm).

Wolves will likewise be determined to stay on course and are the firm favourites to come away with the spoils in their match against lowly hosts Somerset Eagles at White Hill Field tomorrow.

Southampton Rangers host St David’s at Southampton Oval in the remaining First Division match today (3pm).

Meanwhile, the remaining team to be relegated from the Premier Division could also potentially be determined this weekend.

Robin Hood have already taken the plunge and could be joined by Boulevard should they fail to beat Somerset Trojans at Goose Gosling Field tomorrow.

At the other end of the table, leaders PHC Zebras will be keen to make further inroads towards the title when they host dethroned champions Dandy Town at PHC Field tonight (9pm).

The hosts have added incentive as they remain on course to achieving the coveted Triple Crown, having already won the Friendship Trophy as well as reaching the FA Cup final with victory over St George’s Colts in the semi-final at Devonshire Recreation Club on Wednesday night.

Also in action today are Hamilton Parish and Robin Hood who will do battle at Wellington Oval (3pm).

Second-place Devonshire Cougars are away to fourth-place North Village at Bernard Park in an intriguing match-up tomorrow.

Cougars trail table-topping PHC by three points with Village a further two points adrift heading into the penultimate round of the league season.

Third-place St George’s, who are currently level on points with Village, host X-Roads Warriors at Wellington Oval in the remaining top flight fixture tomorrow.

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Published March 11, 2023 at 7:51 am (Updated March 11, 2023 at 7:51 am)

Paget Lions on the cusp of promotion

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