League action returns with some key encounters
After a weeklong hiatus, football resumes this weekend with a full slate of matches in the Premier Division and First Division.
Dandy Town, the league leaders, will look to reach the 40-point mark tonight when they take on relegation-threatened Southampton Rangers at Goose Gosling Field (9pm) in the second match of the day.
North Village, fourth in the standings, play in the earlier fixture (3pm) against steadily improving Robin Hood who can, temporarily at least, climb up to fifth.
Town have a five-point lead over PHC who have a game in hand (against X-Roads) which has been rescheduled for next Wednesday at Goose Gosling Field.
PHC need a victory against Devonshire Cougars at Devonshire Rec tomorrow evening (6pm) to stay in contention in the title race.
Two other matches tomorrow will see bottom sides X-Roads and Somerset Eagles looking for a rare victory when they meet at Garrison Field.
Eagles, bottom and eleven points from safety, are all but destined to go down, but X-Roads still have a slim chance of catching Devonshire Colts who are six points ahead of them in eighth place.
Colts are also in St George’s this weekend, at nearby Wellington Oval to meet St George’s Colts who are safe in mid-table despite their recent slump.
Hamilton Parish are, by coach Sergio Goater’s estimation, a couple of wins away from securing their return to the Premier Division.
Parish lead the First Division by seven points over BAA who they meet at Wellington Oval tomorrow in a top-of-the-table clash. After that they play Vasco on March 15, St David’s (March 20) and Boulevard on March 23.
BAA are the only team to take points off of unbeaten Parish, a 2-2 draw at BAA Field on January 2.
Tomorrow’s match makes it a month since Parish’s last match against Paget on February 6.
They face another tough encounter just two days later when they travel to Somerset to meet the Trojans in a rescheduled FA Cup first-round fixture.
Another important First Division match tomorrow, will see Boulevard, third, taking on fourth-placed Young Men’s Social Club at Goose Gosling Field.
They are just two and three points behind BAA in the promotion race.
Vasco meet Paget in tomorrow’s other match at Southampton Oval while St David’s play Wolves today at Lord’s at 3pm.
FA Cup quarter-final draw:
Dandy Town v Somerset or Hamilton Parish
Somerset Eagles v Devonshire Cougars
North Village v Boulevard
St David’s or Robin Hood v PHC
Matches to be played next weekend
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