Another ‘six-pointer’ in Premier League
GYMNS’ traditional ‘Great Escape’ from the Canada Life Premier League’s relegation zone started a bit earlier than usual last weekend with a 3-1 win over Ramsey.
The Tromode outfit don’t usually wake from their early season slumber until after the Christmas break, but will be hopeful of claiming a second victory in as many weeks when they travel to bottom side and fellow stragglers Marown this Saturday. Ken Hedley’s side now sit a point above the dreaded drop zone after their first victory of the season. Hedley will have the luxury of a full squad to choose from this week, with long-term casualty, goalkeeper Chris Kelly the only likely absentee.
Ste Downward deputised admirably for the former St George’s stopper last week and should continue between the sticks for the trip to Crosby, while defenders Danny Kewley and Gareth Gawne will also return to the squad after missing the Ramsey game.
Last season’s JCK Division Two runners-up Marown have yet to break their duck on their return to the top-flight. David Brew’s side need to remedy this quickly or their latest tenure in the Premier League could be a brief one.
With St John’s taking on back-in-form leaders St George’s, fellow westerners Peel will be hoping to take advantage and move into one of the division’s coveted top four Railway Cup spots.
After having to settle for a point from the visit of DHSOB last time out Rick Holden’s men face an equally tricky test this weekend when they travel to a Corinthians side smarting from a shock 2-1 reverse at the hands of Castletown. A win is a must for the Sunset City side if they want to claim a cup berth and finish ahead of the Johnners at the campaign’s halfway point.
St Mary’s Railway Cup place is not yet rubber-stamped, but they will feel confident of claiming all three points when they travel to a Ramsey side who were poor against Gymns in their last match.
Title contenders Laxey will hope to keep the pressure up on Geordies at the league summit when they travel to Castletown. Town will have been boosted by their victory over Corinthians, but expect the Miners to return north will all three points.
In the final game of the weekend Old Boys’ hopes of extending their recent unbeaten run to four matches will face a tough test when Brian Gartland’s team host Rushen at Blackberry Lane. Expect an entertaining and high-scoring encounter.
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Sunday 19 May 2013
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