Sunday Preview - Week 35

Andrew Sherwood - Thursday 15th 2008f May 2008


Just the seven games set to take place this week, with division one providing the focal point with both promotiona and relegation issues at stake.

**Remember to send in goalscorers, match reports and team-of-the-week nominations to andrews@thejngroup.com

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SUNDAY'S PHOTOGALLERIES:

GLENTHORNE UTD VS BRADY

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VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS OF GLENTHORNE VS BRADY

FIRST HALF HIGHLIGHTS:


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THURSDAY NIGHT RESULT:

London Maccabi Lions B 0 Hendon United B 5
Hendon all but guaranteed runners-up spot as they recorded a comfortable victory at Rowley Lane.

A hat-trick from Ari Last, plus two from Saul Conway earning the win.

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SUNDAY'S FIXTURES:

PREMIER DIVISION:

UPDATED PREMIER DIVISION TABLE

Bafana Bafana VS Oakwood EDRS A (SCORING D/H)
Bafana can guarantee their premier division status by picking up the two wins here against the already-relegated O’s and there’s no reason to suggest why they shouldn’t do just that.

Coming into the game on the back of a morale-boosting 5-1 win over Faithfold A, they were aided in that win by the fact that Faithfold finished the game with nine men, making conditions by their own concession ‘a bit farcical’.

However, farcical or not, they got the priceless three points thanks to a hat-trick from Simon Lawrence, and ably assisted by an Aaron Lawee double, proved way too strong on the day, as the Bafana boys took a giant step towards securing their top flight status.

Oakwood’s fate was sealed a couple of months ago and with the worse defensive record in the league, coupled with next-to-nothing (apart from pride) to play for, Bafana should be able to work all this to their advantage.

Having partaken in some of the most entertaining games contested in the top flight, they deserve to stay just there and come full time on Sunday, would have achieved just that.

TJ PREDICTION:
Bafana Bafana VS Oakwood EDRS A (SCORING D/H) 3-1/2-0

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North London Raiders A VS London Maccabi Lions A
Raiders battle to stay in the top flight seems to be a forlorn one – the fact they have to get a win here doesn’t exactly bode well for their chances, though even if they were able to win here, they have to hope for an almighty Bafana slip-up, and for Lions B to drop points – The Great Escape doesn’t even come close to it.

The fact that the Lions suffered at the hands of Neasden last week and will be wanting to take it out on someone won’t exactly help the Raiders’ cause either. Leading the double winners 3-1 at one stage, they ended up losing the game 5-4 – to a last minute strike, meaning it wouldn’t exactly have been the happiest of weeks to be at Rowley Lane.

However, although they may have lost, they still showed what they’re capable of and this could turn out to be an incredibly long morning for Adam Fegan’s side if the Lions decide to turn on the style.

Lions romped home in their earlier meeting, scoring five times without reply, another comprehensive scoreline could be on the cards here too. Needing one point to secure third spot, they’ll get all three on Sunday leaving the Raiders to contemplate life in division one.

TJ PREDICTION:
North London Raiders A 1 London Maccabi Lions A 4



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DIVISION ONE:

UPDATED DIVISION ONE TABLE

Hendon United B VS Montana Boca Utd A
A game with ramifications at both ends of the table here, as Montana need a big victory to give themselves a chance of finishing in second spot, while Hendon are even more desperate for the points if they’re to avoid relegation.

Montana’s task is simple – get the three points to move onto 35 points and then hope that Neasden B fail to win their last two games. They wouldn’t have had to rely on other results but fell to one of the shock defeats of the weekend last week when they were beaten 2-1 at home by relegation-haunted Faithfold B.

That defeat would have been a shock to the system for all concerned at Montana, and they’ll now be hoping they don’t slip up against another side looking to beat the drop.

Hendon’s plight means two wins from their final two games would get them out of the bottom two though the fact that they’ve won just under a third of their league games this season won’t exactly fill them with confidence.

Montana won the earlier meeting of the two 4-2 and on form should complete the double. To do that they’ll need to bounce back from last week’s shock loss, and overcome a Hendon side which although struggling at the bottom, can never be faulted for their effort. That was proved last week as they went down to the odd goal against Neasden. Montana won’t have it all their own way, but should have just enough to take the three points.

TJ PREDICTION:
Hendon United B 2 Montana Boca Utd A 3

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North West Neasden B VS Faithfold B
Just as is the case with the above game, this fixture too has consequences at both ends of the table.

Neasden know what they need to do to stand any chance of going up – win their last two games – and healthily – so that they stand a chance of overhauling Montana’s superior goal difference.

Whether they can achieve that or not depends on which Faithfold side turns up. If it’s the one that enjoyed a successful cup run earlier in the season; the same one which upset all the odds to secure a win at Montana last week, and one that has its key players o fire, then this could be an uncomfortable morning for Mark Cowan’s side. However, if it’s the one which puts in a performance which has been more the norm this season in the league; which is why they find themselves languishing where they currently do, then the mission won’t seem so hard.

Although enjoying a few disappointing defeats, Neasden have on the whole been there or thereabouts in the promotion picture throughout the season, and know one more final push – both games against Faithfold can get them to where they set out to be at the start of the season.

Faithfold have also been consistent this season – consistently flirting with the relegation zone that is, and although last week’s win gave them a lifeline, they still have it all to do if they’re to preserve their status in division one.

Describing it as a transitional season is one thing, but even taking that into account, contemplating relegation wasn’t on the cards. They may have to win at least one of their games against Neasden, it’s a tall ask for them.

TJ PREDICTION:
North West Neasden B 2 Faithfold B 1


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DIVISION TWO:

UPDATED DIVISION TWO TABLE

Brixton Old Boys VS Southgate Harmen B
Brixton will end a very successful season in third place regardless of the result in this, their final league match of the season.

Although falling short of keeping up with the top two, promotion could still be in the offering should the League decree the top three go up, and it would be a deserved reward for them. Their top-three status is mirrored by the fact that they’re the third highest scorers in the league – and have conceded the third least amount of goals.

Harmen, by comparison, a club who had big ambitions at the start of the season, could still find themselves end their campaign in the bottom three – a fact that would encapsulate a disappointing season for them.

There were highlights – including a run to final of the Minor Cup – though that ended in disappointment for them as they were beaten by Faithfold C in a penalty shoot-out.

Harmen’s only league game in the past two months was against Brixton when back in the first week of March, the Eagles recorded a 2-1 win. Top three versus potential bottom three – expect another win here for Brixton.

TJ PREDICTION:
Brixton Old Boys 2 Southgate Harmen B 0

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FC Heath VS Scrabble
Scrabble finally got back to winning ways in midweek as they recorded their first league win of the year when they defeated Catford 3-2 on Tuesday night.

That alarming stat just highlights the incredible turn of form for Jeremy Derman’s side, in a season which had promised so much at the start.

Quite where it all went wrong is something Derman will have to try and fathom out over the summer months though two wins in their final two games could still see them finish in the top four – and will be the least Derman will expect.

Heath however haven’t faired much better in their league campaign and were on the end of a South Manx masterclass last week when they conceded 12 goals in the course of their double-header fixture.

Those 12 goals have contributed to a half century of goals that have found their way into the Heath net; one of the main reasons for their lowly standing in the table. What you can say about Heath is that their games are never boring, as corroborated by the earlier fixture between the two when Heath prevailed in a 5-4 thriller.

That game came at a particularly low spot in Heath’s season, though they have steadied the ship somewhat. This will though be Scrabble’s fourth game in a week and come Sunday morning, could tell it’s toil on Scrabble legs.

Goals always seem to be the order of the day when Heath are involved, there’s no reason to suggest why it won’t be the same here, but Scrabble could just edge it.

TJ PREDICTION:
FC Heath 2 Scrabble 3

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DIVISION FOUR:

UPDATED DIVISION FOUR TABLE

FC Team A VS UJIA
FC Team A have finally got what they craved – the division four title though they didn’t achieve it how they would have liked to as their game last week against AC Cricklewood was called off the night before as Rob Wilson’s side were unable to field a side.

Mitch Young’s side would have liked nothing more than to have clinched the necessary point against their oldest foes, but it wasn’t to be as the league will award them the points regardless for Cricklewood’s no-show.

However, with the title in the bag, Team can now go out on Sunday and turn on the style against a UJIA side haunted by the spectre of relegation. On the plus side for them is the fact that their destination is in their own hands as six points from their remaining three games will see them go above both Pure Orange Function Band and Dynamo Hendon to finish in sixth spot.

You do though feel those six points will have to be won in their last two games as anything but a home win here would be one of the shocks of the season. Team in full flow are more than a match for most sides across the whole six divisions, and UJIA won’t exactly be banking on getting the points here.

Last time the sides met, Team strolled to a 5-0 win, expect a scoreline of similar proportions here.

TJ PREDICTION:
FC Team A 4 UJIA 0

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