Title battles look set to go down to the wire

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The first half of the 2012/13 season has seen a few different contenders in the three divisions, but by the end of 2012 it was a familiar name that sat on top of the league - if only on goal difference.

Trafalgar are top of the first division with nine points from four league games, but with only seven teams in the top flight each side only has 12 games to play.

Liam Salt’s leaders have lost once, but a decent run in the new year could see them regain the title, which was won by West Pier in 2011-12.

Newlands are second, having won all three of their league matches and they will be looking to become the third different team to win the title in three season, but third-placed Filey Flyers have adapted excellently to life in the top tier and could well force their way into contention in the battle for honours.

Pier have struggled for consistency this season after losing a few players, but Paddy Parke’s outfit are still capable of beating the top two so it is still too early to write off their chances, especially with talented players such as Jamie Bradshaw in their line-up.

Strongwood are struggling at the foot of the table, having lost all four of their games this season, but their reserve team resigning from the second division due to a lack of players has not helped so it is set to be a season of rebuilding for a youthful side for boss Steve Mainprize.

James Prethero’s Seamer are just above the drop-zone, but the village team and second-from-bottom Klosters, run by Rhys Howell, could well escape relegation as the league may well have to be re-organised with only seven teams in division one and eight in division two.

Shakespeare are leading the way in their first season in division two, the side formerly know as Turk’s Head are looking to tie up successive title successes.

Col Jenkinson’s star-studded squad, which includes former Boro Reserves ace Mikey Barker and Jamie Patterson, has won five of their six league games.

Their 3-3 draw against a fast-improving West Pier Reserves side was their last game of the year, but they will want to return to winning ways at home to basement club Ayton - who have lost all five of their league games this campaign - on Sunday.

Billy Johnson’s West Riding team are second in the table, and with Fylingdales just three points behind them - with a game in hand - it looks like the battle for second spot could be quite lively.

Ayton look doomed to the drop having not managed any points yet, while itis itis are second-from-bottom after a sluggish start.

Although no-one is running away with the honours in the top two divisions, the closest battle looks set to be in division three, where only three points separate the top three.

Whitby Wanderers lead the way with 18 from eight games, and Commercial are second on 17 from the same number of games, but both sides suffered a defeat in December.

Newlands Reserves have slowly worked their way up into third spot, while Filey Flyers and Cayton have games in hand on the top three and could overtake them if they manage to claim victories.

This weekend could be crucial as Filey travel to Whitby and Cayton host Commercial.