Teams set for exciting Saturday League run-in

Leigh Watson in action for Snainton at home to Flixton earlier this season  Picture by Andrew Higgins  123761e
Leigh Watson in action for Snainton at home to Flixton earlier this season Picture by Andrew Higgins 123761e

Weather permitting, the battles for the three division’s titles, as well as promotion and survival in the Scarborough News Saturday League will continue apace this weekend.

As the season enters it final few weeks, there is plenty to play for at either end of the table in the Saturday League’s divisions.

In division two, leaders Snainton can edge closer to promotion if they can return from Flixton - who have an outside chance of gaining promotion - with a three-point haul.

The home side will be eyeing revenge after Snainton hammered them earlier in the season, so Dan I’Anson’s team will need to be at their best this weekend. This game kicks off at 2pm.

I’Anson said: “We have had a couple of weeks without a match so we should be fresh for the Flixton game and I am expecting to have a full squad to choose from.

“We lost a lot of key players at the start of the season leaving us with only 15 or so in our squad so it has been an amazing achievement to stay up near the top of the table so long.

“When you consider that we have turned up for quite a few games this season with only one sub, or in some cases no subs it is a surprise we are doing so well it just shows how well the team works together rather than just one or two star players like some teams.

“We only have four games, including this one, left to play and they are all tough ones, and a lot of our rivals having games in hand on us. Flixton have done well in the cups this season and have some very good players so I am expecting a tough clash.”

Falsgrave are only a point behind Snainton, and with a game in hand they are set to push the leaders all the way, especially if they can net a win at bottom-placed Cayton Corinthians on Saturday, 3pm ko.

Filey Town Reserves also have games in hand on the top two teams and could well pip them both to the title, with Jay Taylor’s young side having impressed many this season.

The Filey second string make the trip to Newby to face fourth-placed FC Rosette, 2pm ko, while Edgehill Reserves are at home to Newlands Park Reserves, 1pm ko.

First division champions West Pier are five points adrift of leaders Filey Town, but with two games in hand Andy Spivey’s troops will be confident of retaining their title.

Pier have a North Riding FA Challenge Saturday Cup final meeting with Thirsk Falcons on Wednesday night at Stokesley, but their next test is Saturday’s home game against Hunmanby United, 3pm ko, who smashed 11 goals without reply past mid-table Westover Wasps last weekend in one of the shock results of the season.

Cameron Dobson scored five goals in the thrashing of Westover Wasps, so he will be a player for the Pier defenders to keep an eye out for, and with United also winning 4-3 at fourth-placed Whitby Fishermen’s Society the week before, they could well prove to be a tricky proposition for Pier on Saturday afternoon.

In a repeat of last week’s League Cup semi-final, Newlands play host to Edgehill, 3pm ko, the hosts aiming to avenge their 3-0 loss at the hands of Steve Clegg’s side.

Newlands can still mount a late charge for the title as they have plenty of games in hand but another loss on Saturday could spell the end of their title bid.

Although they are hovering just three points above the relegation zone, Edgehill will be confident of pulling clear of trouble and securing their top-flight status in a busy run-in.

Leaders Filey play host to Ryedale Sports Club, 2pm ko, while third-placed Ayton will be eager to bounce back from their 4-1 home loss against West Pier with a win on their own turf against Eastfield St James in another 3pm kick-off.

Seamer Sports will look to edge clear of the dropzone with a win at basement club Fishburn Park, while Whitby Fishermen’s play host to Westover Wasps.

The third division title and promotion race seems to be a four-horse race, with FC SOBA favourites to clinch the title.

Third-placed FC SOBA have five games in hand on leaders West Pier Reserves and are only four points behind the pacesetters, and are on the same points as second-placed Sleights.

Athletico2B are in fourth spot just two points behind SOBA and Sleights and could still force their way into the title battle, especially if they can win Saturday’s home game against SOBA.

West Pier Reserves are at home to Seamer Sports Reserves, 1pm ko, while Sleights entertain Daniel Gregory’s Scalby Reserves outfit.