This weekend’s action kicks off slightly early with an intriguing clash under the floodlights at Mullen-e-Cloie on Friday night.

The game sees St John’s welcome promotion rivals RYCOB for the second evening game of the fledgling JCK Division Two season. The Saints go into the fixture on the back of a humbling defeat away at Foxdale last weekend and therefore they will be desperate to rediscover their fine early-season form.

That will be easier said than done against a Youthie side which has also been tipped to feature at the business end of the table and who bounced back from defeat to Braddan with a 4-0 win over Malew last Saturday.

This game should be close and one which could well go either way on the night.

Another five second division fixtures take place on Saturday, kicking off at the slightly earlier time of 2pm ahead of the Isle of Man FA side’s Inter-League Cup against Cheshire at the Bowl which starts at 5.30pm.

The pick of the league fixtures is arguably at the Station Fields where Colby welcome Union Mills. Both teams have been in free-scoring form this season, with the hosts netting 15 in two games and Mills 23 in three.

Luke Booth and Jordan Crawley bagged eight of the Millers’ goals between them last week when they thrashed Onchan 9-1, while Carl Hickey plundered eight goals by himself on the opening day against Governor’s.

Therefore, there’ll be no shortage of attacking talent on display which should hopefully make for an entertaining match.

Leaders Foxdale will be firm favourites to claim their third successive victory when they travel to Bemahague to face Governor’s, although the latter will be buoyed following a rare victory over Gymns last week. The latter will be hoping to bounce back from that defeat to Athletic when they travel to Onchan on Saturday who themselves will be desperate to put in a much better performance after their Mills mauling.

A close game could be in store at Clagh Vane where Douglas and District are the visitors to Malew, while Michael United journey to the capital to take on second-placed Braddan.

l One Canada Life Premier League game takes place on Saturday afternoon, with Douglas Athletic hosting DHSOB in a clash at Springfield Road.DAVE NORTON