Saturday, 29 August 2015

Summer League latest

As the season draws to a close some teams are already celebrating but a number of issues remain to be resolved

In the top flight the dogged Keyham 1 look set to claim the top prize for the third time in six seasons. The Baggies, on level pegging but with one less match to play, will be ruing their tame capitulation at home to the Dog and Gun outfit on match day 11. Queniborough Spartans have been doomed for several weeks. Runners up last year, their form this time out defies explanation. Division 1 stalwarts Horse and Groom, winners in 1996 and 2008, seem not to have accommodated their move to Hoby and now face the Horses of the Apocalypse from London Road and at Houghton in a last ditch bid for survival

In Division 2 Anchor 1 and Anchors Away have sunk to the bottom. In an otherwise very tight season, the unbeaten Glenhills 2 have eventually emerged from the pack for another crack at the top flight. From the same Glen Parva club, favourites to join them are Glenhills 1 for whom this would be a remarkable four successive promotions

Rutland Panthers have smashed it in Division 3. But the battle for the second promotion spot is intriguing. Belper Arms 2 and Thurmaston 3 have a two point advantage on the chasing pack but both have to play the Panthers. None of Beacon 1, Malt Shovel Old Boys and Kings Arms 1 will have ruled themselves out of contention. At the bottom of the table the Holly Bush have had it. But the tussle to avoid the second relegation spot looks tight. Nags Head Donington are only a point worse off than Blaby Foxes and Keyham 3, and along with the Blaby team will be hoping to avoid a second successive drop

Kings Arms 2 have recovered their early season form and are favourites for the Division 4 title. Where's the Chips have slipped in recent weeks and look to have conceded the second promotion spot to Redcaps 2. But they could redeem themselves when the two teams meet this coming week. Plough Inn 1 are set to return to the basement division and Queen Vic will join them if Thurmaston 2 take advantage of their match in hand

Having taken 2014 to settle into the league, Nags 2 have romped to the Division 5 title with a 100% record. The race to join them in Division 4 is between three teams locked on 38 points. The advantage must be with Three Crowns 4 who have one match more to play than either Kings Arms 3 or Three Crowns 3

In the Cup the final will be contested by the 2011 winners Baggies and the 2013 winners Leicester Wanderers. The Plate final sees Queniborough Spartans attempting to salvage something from the season against outsiders Kings Arms 3

The Crown Inn at Asfordby will host the finals at 19h30 on Monday, 7th September and spectators are very welcome