Colby hoping to close gap on Union Mills

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WITH St John’s and RYCOB both in Cu-Plas FA Cup action and Union Mills having a week off, Colby have the chance to go level second in the JCK Division Two this weekend.

The southerners make the journey to the capital where they will take on Pulrose at Springfield Road in one of five second flight matches on Saturday afternoon. A win for the Glen Road outfit would see them move up to 40 points, the same as current runners-up Mills albeit having played more games.

However, a defeat for the visitors would see Pully close the gap on the top four to just three points, crucially with a game in hand. The teams are quite evenly matched, as is their respective form with three wins each out of the last six, but Colby could complete a league double having beaten their opponents 2-1 thanks to Olly Swales’ winner back in early October.

Level on points with Pully are neighbours Police who face a stern test of their credentials when they welcome Braddan to Springfield Road. The constabulary side have enjoyed a vastly improved season thus far and remain with in with an outside chance of snatching a top four spot and a place in the end-of-season Paul Henry Gold Cup.

However, Braddan on their day can be formidable opposition and will be eager to get back to winning ways having suffered heavy cup exits at the hands of St George’s and Mills in recent weeks. The points were shared in the reverse fixture as the sides played out a 1-1 draw.

Onchan currently lie one place above the Swans and can also reduce the gap on the top four should they overcome Foxdale at Billy Goat Park. The Miners find themselves near the foot of the table but have games in hand over the rest of the division. Mark Walmsley was the hero for the Nivison Stadium outfit when the sides met last, his hat-trick earning Onchan a 5-2 win.

Ronaldsway could record only their third win of the season when they host Douglas and District at the Industrial Estate. Both remain in the lower reaches of the league but D&D have impressed in recent weeks, defeating both Marown and Malew.

The latter two teams go head-to-head in the remaining game in JCK Division Two on Saturday, with the Crosby side hoping to distance themselves from the foot of the table.

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