AFTER last week’s surprise 1-1 draw at home to Pulrose, league leaders Michael United will be hoping to get back to winning ways when they travel to Victoria Road to face Braddan in JCK Division Two on Saturday.
Before last week’s stalemate, the Balleira Road side had won all nine of their league matches to put themselves in a commanding position in the fight for promotion to the promised land of the Premier League. While a draw with Pully is far from a disaster, it has given their rivals a glimmer of hope that the western jaugernaut can be stopped.
However, Braddan will be hard-pushed to take anything off Barney Kelly’s men, although the Swans will be eager to prevent a similar scoreline to last week when they were humbled 7-1 at Ayre United.
The latter could break into the top two by Saturday tea-time if results go their way but the Tangerines face a tricky fixture away at Foxdale.
The Billy Goat Park side are currently sixth some seven points behind this weekend’s opponents but have two games in hand which, if won, could propel them right into the mix for the top four and maybe even promotion.
Should Ayre slip up then fellow northerners RYCOB can go further ahead of their rivals if they get the better of Pulrose at Springfield Road. Form would suggest victory for Youthie but the latter were pushed hard during their narrow 1-0 win over Douglas Athletic last time out while Pully performed heroicly against Michael in the aforementioned 1-1 draw so a tight game could be in store.
After that impressive showing versus RYCOB, Athletic will be looking to do likewise when they face another of the league’s in-form sides, Colby.
A superb run of results has propelled the southerners up to second in the league three points behind Michael and they will be favourites to keep that form going but they will now know that their opponents can make life tough for them.
Onchan recorded a much-needed and overdue victory against Ronaldsway 4-3 last time out and go up against another southern team this week in the shape of plucky Malew, hoping to recorded back-to-back wins for only the second time this season.
Elsewhere, Ronaldsway travel to Noble’s Park to face Douglas and District in a bid to move off the foot of the table.