St John’s could seal promotion on Saturday

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ST John’s could become one of the fastest teams to secure promotion to the top flight should they defeat Foxdale this Saturday and Colby and RYCOB both drop points.

The Saints have taken JCK Division Two by storm since dropping down from the Canada Life Premier League in the summer, having won all 16 of their matches thus far and netting no fewer than 115 goals along the way. They currently lie 11 points clear of Colby and Youthie in third and fourth respectively having played at least three games fewer than their promotion rivals. If the southerners drop any points at home to Police and the northerners do likewise away to Malew then the Mullen-e-Cloie side will have an unassailable lead over the pair.

Foxdale are the Saints opposition this weekend, however, and they will try to make life as difficult as possible for Malcom Blackburn’a troops when they visit Billy Goat Park. Alan Lemaire’s side have recently run into a bit of form, having secured two wins, including in a dramatic cup penalty shoot-out against Police and an impressive 3-2 victory over Onchan last time out.

Youthie make the long journey south to take on Malew at Clagh Vane knowing that a win is a must if they are to keep up the pressure on the top two. While it now looks unlikely that they will catch up with St John’s, fellow promotion favourites Union Mills remain only three points clear of the Schoil ree Gorree side and the two sides go head-to-head next week.

Malew are on a bad run of form but recorded one of their three league wins against Youthie when they emerged 3-2 victors back in October when Adam Drewett (2) and Dean Kinley troubled the scorers.

The unpredictable Police are bound to make life difficult for Colby when they travel to Glen Road, having shot up the league following three wins and a draw in their last five outings. The constabulary side emerged on the right side of a seven-goal thriller in the reverse fixture and it could well be equally open again.

In-form Douglas and District impressed last weekend as they put bottom side Ronaldsway to the sword 6-0 on their own patch but will be extremely hard-pushed to repeat that feat at Garey Mooar where the face second-placed Union Mills. Elsewhere, Marown host Pulrose in Crosby while Ronaldsway travel to Onchan.

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