Ramsey can seal their place in the Cu-Plas Railway Cup semi-finals for the first time since 1982 on Saturday if they beat Gymns in the pair’s rearranged Canada Life Premier League match at Tromode.
The chances of Kevin Holmes’s Ballacloan outfit securing a place in the yuletide competition look good with the weekend’s hosts teetering above the top-fight’s relegation zone and having lost all six of their home games thus far this campaign.
A point would probably be enough for the northerners to pip St Mary’s, Rushen and Laxey to fourth at the league’s halfway point and join St George’s, Peel and DHSOB in Saturday evening’s draw.
Richard Easthope’s hosts have haemorrhaged goals of late shipping 30 in their last five games. This points towards a successful afternoon for Ramsey if the wait of expectation doesn’t become too much to bear.
St George’s can maintain their five-point cushion at the table’s summit if they claim all the points from their encounter with St Mary’s at the Bowl.
The latter’s hopes of securing Railway Cup football for all but vanished last week as they squandered a three-goal lead to draw 3-3 with Corinthians.
Player-manager Steve Priestnal will have to pick his players up quickly or they could find themselves on the end of a big defeat at the hands of the free-scoring league leaders.
Peel will feel confident of maintaining their unbeaten record when they host west coast neighbours Michael. The latter remain firmly entrenched in the division’s relegation zone having lost their last 10 games and even more worryingly not scored in their last six outings.
With Steve Falconer’s men averaging four goals a game and Ashley Webster set to return to the line-up after injury, the United faithful could be in for another long afternoon.
Bottom side Union Mills’ search for a first win of the season takes them to Croit Lowey and Rushen this weekend.
The pair have yet to meet this campaign, but Rushen’s recent up turn in form should make them favourites to claim a second home victory of the campaign.
In the day’s final game DHSOB travel to Laxey aiming to end a run of back-to-back defeats against top two St George’s and Peel ahead of next weekend’s Cup semis.