Railway Cup race set for further twists this weekend

Laxey take on St George's at Glen Road on Saturday

Laxey take on St George's at Glen Road on Saturday

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The race for a Cu-Plas Railway Cup spot once again takes centre stage in the Canada Life Premier League this Saturday.

The top two of St George’s and Peel still remain well placed to make the top four at the division’s halfway stage but who will join them remains open to conjecture, especially after last weekend’s results.

Laxey looked likely to be contenders for a semi-final spot, but their blazing start to the campaign seems a distant memory after back-to-back defeats at the hands of Marown and Rushen.

The Miners will struggle to bounce back this weekend as they welcome unbeaten Geordies to Glen Road.

Steve Moran’s side may find some hope in the Saints’ team news with Chris Bass Jr, Julian Ringham and Sam Caine struggling with injuries and centre-back Alex Harrison unavailable.

The reigning champions will be boosted by the return of Conor Doyle from holiday. St George’s should have the squad depth to absorb any absentees and claim all three points from the hosts who are yet to keep a clean sheet this campaign.

Laxey’s conquerors last time out Rushen are now up to third in the standings and will be looking to extend their winning run to four games when they travel to Ayre.

DHSOB’s shock defeat at the hands of Union Mills on Saturday struck a blow to the Blackberry Lane’s club’s hopes of a Railway Cup spot.

However, a positive result away at a St John’s side that has leaked 11 goals in its last two games would put Colin Purvis and Ben Qualtrough’s men back into contention.

Last week’s stand-out performers Union Mills will be trying to claim another scalp when Peel make the trip to Garey Mooar.

The westerners’ prolific front line is still without the suspended Josh Kelly as they attempt to negate their plucky hosts without Lee Gale who is on holiday.

The bottom two, Ramsey and RYCOB, need to start picking up points if they are to avoid being cut adrift.The former host in-form Marown, Dave Brew’s Crosby side having won four of their last six. St Mary’s travel north to RYCOB in the final match with both needing a win to kick-start their season. This one could go either way.

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