Colby, Youthie and Ayre try to catch Michael
WITH several sides already a third of the way through their league campaign, the JCK Division Two table is shaping up nicely with several surprise teams involved at the top of the league.
One such side is Braddan who currently occupy third place following an impressive run of form but, with them having a week off, the Swans could find themselves outside the top four come Saturday tea-time. The two teams hoping to leapfrog the Victoria Road outfit are Colby and Ayre United who face Ronaldsway and Douglas and District respectively.
On paper, Colby will be favourites to collect all three points against the Rockets but, as this match is a derby of sorts, anything could happen.
Ayre, on the other hand, face a tricky test at Noble’s Park against the unpredictable and in-form Douglas and District who have won three of their last four games and are way up in sixth place in the standings. Should results go their way, D&D, impressively, could break into the top four but the Tangerines will be eager to continue their recent upturn in form and close the gap on leaders Michael.
The latter are without doubt the team to beat in the second division of Manx football at the moment. Going up against them this weekend and hoping to stop their winning run is an out-of-sorts Onchan side who are currently languishing in 12th place.
Tipped by many to challenge for promotion, the Os are enduring a poor run of form which has seen them collect just a single point from their last five matches so the odds will be firmly stacked against them this weekend.
Michael have now scored no fewer than 27 goals during their six consecutive wins thus far this season so, with Onchan having conceded 28 in seven, expect a few goals in this clash at the Nivison Stadium.
Another side looking to challenge Michael’s grasp of the title race is Foxdale who face a potentially tricky test away at Pulrose. The Billy Goat Park side are one of three teams level on 12 points just outside the top four having suffered a heavy defeat at the hands of D&D last Saturday. Pully, meanwhile, narrowly lost away at Braddan 2-1 but could move to within two points of this weekend’s opponents with victory at Springfield Road.
An interesting north versus south battle could be in store when RYCOB make the journey down to Clagh Vane to face Malew. Form dictates this should result in three points to the northerners but Malew have already shown this season that they can cause an upset or two, having defeated Braddan, come close to upsetting Ayre and drawn with Douglas Royal.
The latter make the short journey from Ballafletcher to Springfield Road to take on Douglas Athletic in the day’s final game. Only one point separate the sides so this one should be a close contest.
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