TWO of the Canada Life Premier League’s form sides go head-to-head on Saturday as Douglas High School Old Boys welcome St John’s to Blackberry Lane.
Old Boys have won their last six on the bounce to reinvigorate their hopes of a top-four finish, while Railway Cup finalists St John’s have won four of their last five to move up to a lofty second in the standings.
Brian Gartland’s Old Boys claimed a hard-fought 1-2 win over St Mary’s at the Bowl on Saturday, despite playing the majority of the match with just 10-men after Tommy Miller’s dismissal.
The result and the battling performance that went with it will have given Gartland’s charges a big confidence boost going into this weekend’s fixture and it may just give them the edge.
However, the Johnners have also showed plenty of fight so far this campaign and the pair may well have to make do with a share of the spoils like they did in the reverse fixture.
There’s also a big game in the south as Manx football Old Firm go toe-to-toe at Croit Lowey.
Rushen and Peel usually conspire a cracker and the reverse fixture in October was no different, the westerners emerging 5-4 winners at Douglas Road after being 1-2 at half-time.
Whether this weekend’s latest encounter will be a nine-goal thriller remains to be seen, but with both sides well matched it is likely to be another tight affair.
Union Mills can all but guarantee their place in the top flight next season if they claim three points from their trip to Castletown, the side directly below them in the league.
However, Town have produced some encouraging performances in recent weeks and may target this fixture as one to get some points for their own Premier League survival fund.
Bottom side Marown’s recent resurgence will face its sternest test yet when they travel to pacesetters St George’s. The Crosby side are now just a couple of points away from safety, but are beginning to run out of games, as they have only four league fixtures left to play including Saturday’s.
Fellow relegation candidates Gymns also face a tough ask with title contenders Laxey their hosts on Saturday, while in the remaining match St Mary’s will look to bounce back after defeat last week at Corinthians.