Laxey host St Mary’s in Premier League
THERE’S a stand-out game in the Canada Life Premier this Saturday as top-flight leaders Laxey welcome third-place St Mary’s to Glen Road.
The Miners currently top the pile by three points, but know that defeat at the weekend would see them enveloped by the chasing pack.
With both sides full of goals this could yet prove to be one of the games of the season. Whichever defence performs the best will likely collect the points.
Fourth-place St John’s face another tough test this week as they aim to hold onto a Railway Cup qualification place.
The Johnners showed resolve to come from two goals and a man down to claim a point off Old Boys last week.
The opposition doesn’t get any easier for Nick Hurt’s charges this time out as the Saints travel to a Corinthians side just two places below them in the table.
Hurt’s men will be hoping key striker Stephen Glover recovers from a knock suffered to his ankle in time to lead the line against his former club.
With the Whites eager to bounce back after last week’s defeat at St Mary’s, this could go either way.
Peel will be hoping to take advantage of any St John’s slip up when they travel to the wilds of Garey Mooar to take on Union Mills.
The promoted Millers have impressed on their return to the top flight, but will do well to burst the bubble of Rick Holden’s Peel side who will be still on a high after last weekend’s dramatic 5-4 win over Old Firm rivals Rushen.
At the foot of the standings there’s a big game at Ballacloan where the current bottom two, Ramsey and Marown, go head-to-head.
A win would potentially lift the victor out of the relegation spots and provide a big psychological boost as the season’s halfway point approaches. Expect the hosts to edge a tense battle in the north.
St George’s will be confident of picking up their ninth win of the league season when they tackle Gymns at Glencrutchery Road. However, Geordies will likely be without the injured trio of Johnny Myers, Julian Ringham and Sam Caine, while skipper Sean Quaye is away. Can plucky Gymns take advantage?
Finally DHSOB will be looking to build on last weekend’s good performance at St John’s when they host struggling Castletown at Blackberry Lane.
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