Colby and Malew do battle in southern derby
FOLLOWING last Saturday’s southern derby between Rushen and Castletown in the Premier League, this weekend it’s JCK Division Two’s turn to host a derby battle in the south of the island when Colby and Malew go head-to-head.
With eight points and seven places separating the two sides in Colby’s favour, on paper the hosts should claim all three points on offer. However, Malew have already shown they can surprise a few teams this season, having taken points off Braddan, Douglas Royal and, more recently, RYCOB.
On top of this, form often goes out the window in derby matches so an interesting battle could be in store at Colby’s impressive new ground.
Michael United will be hoping to capitalise on any potential Colby slip-up and increase their already healthy five-point lead at the top of the table when they host Douglas and District.
The Balleira Road side have swept all before them thus far this season with seven consecutive victories and will be red-hot favourites to make it eight in a row, but they will need to be wary of complacency against top four dark horses D&D.
The latter only narrowly lost to Ayre United last time out and remain just three points off the top four, so they may well be confident of adding another name to the growing list of notable scalps this season.
Also looking to take advantage of Colby dropping points is a rejuvenated Ayre United who host Douglas Athletic. The Tangerines endured a poor start to the season but have since won four games in a row to move up to third. They will be favourites to take all three points but Athletic should put up a decent fight.
An intriguing battle should unfold at Billy Goat Park where Alan Lemaire’s Foxdale host in-form Braddan.
The two sides have near identical statistics so far in their league campaigns and lie level on 15 points apiece in fourth and fifth respectively. The main difference is that Foxdale have scored almost double the amount of goals but this is counterbalanced by the fact they have also conceded more than twice as many as the Swans so there should be a few goals in this one.
After an improved showing against league leaders Michael last week, Onchan will be desperate to turn their results around and start moving up the table.
Although they eventually lost 3-0, by all accounts the Os produced a much stronger display and they will need to do likewise again this weekend if they are to get the better of RYCOB at Schoill ree Gorree.
The final game of the day sees Pulrose make the short trip to Ballafletcher to face Douglas Royal, hoping to move away from the foot of the table.
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