WITH the Blackburn Construction Services Railway Cup taking centre stage this weekend, there are only five games taking place in the Canada Life Premier League and JCK Division Two on Saturday.
Two of those games in the top flight are the reverse fixtures of matches which took place last weekend as Union Mills make the short journey to Ballafletcher to take on Corinthians while Castletown travel to the north to face Ramsey at Ballacloan Stadium.
Ramsey took a huge step to securing their Premier League status for another season with a 2-0 victory over Town at the Stadium on Saturday thanks to goals from Martin Torr and Brago Smilyanov, a result which moved the northerners to within a point of Castletown in the league table. A similar result would see this weekend’s hosts move out of the dreaded drop zone.
Corinthians had looked set for all three points at Garey Mooar on Saturday, courtesy of strikes from Lewis Griffiths and Jamie Stoy, which would have moved them level with Rushen in the table, however Mills hit back twice late on through Chris Kelly and Ian Drake to claim a dramatic draw. That means the sides remain just a point apart in the table so a similarly close contest could be in store again.
The final game in the top flight on Saturday sees bottom-of-the-table Marown journey south to take on Rushen at Croit Lowey. The latter were left to rue their missed chances when they suffered a last-gasp defeat to Laxey, while Marown lost 1-6 at home to St John’s.
The Spaniards will be clear favourites to claim victory on Saturday but should be wary of complacency as Marown have improved significantly recently.
One of the two games taking place in JCK Division Two is also a repeat of a fixture from last Saturday as Michael travel to Ballafletcher to take on Douglas Royal.
League leaders Michael suffered something of a blip recently in the quest for the title but got back to winning ways with a hard-fought 2-0 win at Balleira Road to maintain their three-point advantage at the top of the table.
That result left Royal two points off the top four having played a game more than that team directly above them, Ayre United - so they will be eager to avoid dropping many more points of they are to qualify for the end-of-season Gold Cup.
Should Royal lose, Foxdale could go level on points with them if they get the better of lowly Douglas Athletic in the other game in Division Two at Billy Goat Park.
All league games kick off at 2pm.