MICHAEL United’s somewhat surprising defeat at the hands of Foxdale last weekend means that the westerners could be knocked off the top of JCK Division Two this Saturday afternoon.
Goals from Craig Gelling (2), Willie Woods and Liam Cannan condemned the long-time league leaders to a 4-2 defeat at Billy Goat Park which, coupled with Colby’s victory at Pulrose, means the two sides are now level on 31 points at the top of the table.
Barney Kelly’s Michael crucially have a game in hand plus a superior goal difference but it will be interesting to see how the Balleira Road side react to their first defeat of the season.
This week they entertain fifth-placed Douglas Royal which could potentially be a tricky match. A run of four wins and a draw in the last five outings has propelled the Ballafletcher side up the table so Michael will have to be careful if they are to avoid back-to-back league defeats for the first time since March.
Should they slip-up then Colby could find themselves top of the pile if they get a positive result at home to Braddan. Sam Renshaw was the hero for the southerners last week when he netted a hat-trick at Pully, while Jim Collett helped himself to a brace and Adam Fretwell also grabbed a goal so Colby are not shy in front of goal at the moment.
Braddan’s form has dipped recently with four successive defeats so you would have to favour Colby to collect all three points on offer.
The pick of the day’s games should come in the north of the island where RYCOB entertain Foxdale at Schoil ree Gorree. Following last Saturday’s results Youthie find themselves just three points off the top of the table so they will be going all out to maintain their push for promotion and possibly even the title.
However, that win against Michael proves Foxdale can get a result against any team in the division so Youthie will need to be on top of their game if they’re to win.
Elsewhere in JCK Division Two, Onchan could make it three wins in a row when they entertain Douglas and District at Nivison Stadium, while two of the three sides level on eight points at the foot of the table, Malew and Douglas Athletic, go head to head at Clagh Vane.
The other team at the bottom, Pulrose, travel south to take on a Ronaldsway side three points ahead of them in the table.