Heavyweight clashes in Premier League and Div Two

DHSOB defender Karl Clark slide tackles St George's winger Chris Bass Jr during the sides' previous Canada Life Premier League meeting this season. The pair will go head-to-head again this weekend (Photo: Gary Weightman)

DHSOB defender Karl Clark slide tackles St George's winger Chris Bass Jr during the sides' previous Canada Life Premier League meeting this season. The pair will go head-to-head again this weekend (Photo: Gary Weightman)

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There are just four games scheduled to take place across the island’s four senior leagues this Saturday as Manx football wakes up from its festive slumber.

Defending champions and current leaders St George’s face a potentially tricky test of their Canada Life Premier League title credentials when they travel to near-neighbours DHSOB at Blackberry Lane.

Geordies lie top on goal difference ahead of rivals Peel and go into the match on the back of their recent Railway Cup semi-final victory over Laxey just before Christmas.

Old Boys, on the other hand, have not kicked a ball in anger for more than a month since their 4-1 reverse at the hands of Rushen United at Croit Lowey and will therefore be chomping at the bit to get back on the pitch.

The pair met on the opening day of the season at Glencrutchery Road where, despite Gary Quirk netting for Old Boys against his former side, a brace from Ciaran McNulty and a Frank Jones strike sealed a 3-1 victory for the Saints.

A close game could be in store this weekend, but expect St George’s to emerge triumphant as their quest for another Grand Slam goes on.

Elsewhere, there is an intriguing battle due to take place in JCK Division Two where long-time league leaders Douglas Athletic make the journey to the ancient capital where they take on second-placed Castletown.

The top-of-the-table clash could be a tight game on paper but, given Athletic’s sublime form - they have won all 14 of their league games thus far this season - it’s difficult to look past them making it 15 successive victories.

Town will be no pushovers though, as their run of only one defeat since September demonstrates, so DAFC will need to be wary of complacency.

Indeed the Mets ran Athletic close when the two sides met back in August, eventually going down by the odd goal in five at Springfield Road thanks largely to a brace from former Town striker Mark Wolfenden who currently leads the silver boot standings.

The other two games taking place on Saturday are the combination reverse fixtures of the aforementioned ties, with Geordies hosting DHSOB at Glencrutchery Road and Douglas Athletic welcoming Castletown to Springfield Road.

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