Gymns can strengthen grip on title with win over Marown

Marown's George Brockhouse takes on Douglas Royal full-back Stuart Foley (left) during the Crosby side's GH Corlett Woods Cup semi-final triumph at Ballafletcher on Saturday. Marown face Gymns this weekend in JCK Division Two's big match

Marown's George Brockhouse takes on Douglas Royal full-back Stuart Foley (left) during the Crosby side's GH Corlett Woods Cup semi-final triumph at Ballafletcher on Saturday. Marown face Gymns this weekend in JCK Division Two's big match

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There is a big clash taking place in JCK Division Two this weekend which could potentially have huge consequences in the race for promotion.

Taking centre stage is the contest in Tromode where long-time league leaders Gymns host Marown. The latter currently lie fifth in the table but, having been in cup action a lot lately, they have games in hand over all teams above them.

Gymns will once again start the game as favourites but Marown are one of only three sides to have taken any points from the leaders this season when they played out a 2-2 draw at the Memorial Playing Fields in November.

Ayre United are the current in-form team in the second division, having won their last seven successive matches to move up to second in the table.

Standing in their way this weekend is a Braddan side who will be on a high after claiming their first win in four months when they edged past Pulrose 3-2 last weekend.

Despite that win, expect the Tangerines to come away with all three points and complete the double over the Swans, having beat them 3-0 on their own patch in the reverse fixture.

Should either of the top two slip up, both Douglas Royal and Colby are waiting in the wings to close the gap when they take on Malew and Pully respectively.

The high-flying duo lie on 37 points apiece, with Royal ahead in third place by virtue of goal difference while they also have a game in hand.

The Whites missed out on a place in the GH Woods Cup final when they crashed out to Marown last week, but the Ballafletcher side should bounce straight back this weekend.

Colby have been in free-scoring form of late which bodes well for the southerners, but they will be going up against Pulrose who have a defensive record only bettered by the current top five.

Elsewhere in JCK Division Two, Foxdale will be aiming to end a run of five straight defeats when they host Douglas Athletic, while Onchan travel south to Ronaldsway.

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