|As we enter the final few weeks of the season nothing is yet settled and the 'Fyldesport.com Honours Board' accessible via the left hand menu remains empty. But who's looking the most likely?|
Unlike last season the Premier Division title looks like going down to the final couple of weeks of the season. Now it's down to four sides. Quilligan's along with Blackpool Rangers are the teams in form over the last six matches both taking thirteen points apiece. Poulton and Devonshire Arms are still very much in contention. Adding to the interest is the recent resurgence of Hydronics and Red Rose Catering who are striking fear into the top four. Northern Care, Pulcinellas and Layton are their usual inconsistent selves and the current status of the Crescent FC may have an impact on the table if they fold. They're currently suspended by the LFA due to the non-payment of fines. Hopefully, this situation will be resolved and 'football' will decide the most interesting and exciting Premier Division title race in years. Quilligans will face Red Rose Catering FC in the Premier Division Cup on April 19th. The two teams met in last season's close Gledhill Final and may do so again. On Wednesday evening Red Rose face Division 1 team Halfway House which promises to be a very interesting fixture. The following night Quilligans are up againsty Layton Institute in the second semi-final and after this morning's comprehensive win they look to be strong favourites to reach the final yet again.
In Division 1 Fylde Coast Gates FC and Halfway House FC will finish in the top two. Currently, Gates are top by a point. Both have two games left to play and have exactly the same goal difference. Gates have to play FC Kingsfield who are still without a win as well as Golden Eagle. Halfway House also have to play FC Kingsfield and FC Loco. That one point lead may prove crucial. The bookies raked in a fortune on the Division 1 Cup as unfancied Northern Care Reserves FC and FC Loco won through to the final on April 18th at Fleetwood Town FC – Anybody's game.
Division 2A is also a two horse race between AFC Additions and FC Eden. The two of them will also face each other in the final of the Division 2 Cup. In recent week's they played the two league fixtures and honours were even with three points apiece. FC Eden have the points on the board. With three left to play they're four points clear of AFC Additions but they have two games in hand. Both teams face difficult fixtures in the run-in so my advice is to keep your money in your pocket.
In Division 2B the bookies have stopped taking bets on Fleetwood Cricket Club FC who only need five points from their last five games to take the title. A rare defeat on penalties this morning crushed hopes of a league and Cup double but if they can bounce back from that disappointment it won't be long until they're pictured on the honours board. As for runners up spot it's between FC Excelsior and the Fairhaven FC who have both been scuppered with points deductions for fielding ineligible players.
Division 3A has been a two horse race for a month or so and it's now almost certain that MA2 FC and Foulds Metals FC will finish in the top two. MA2 FC require six points from five matches to take the title and Foulds Metals require three more points from four matches to finish runners up.
In Division 3B FC Matrix look dead certs to take the title. They require only nine points from the final seven games and after this morning's Cup exit they can now concentrate on achieving it. As for runners up position it's between Fireplace Superstore FC and Hampton Road Social Club FC. Both are level on 54 points and both have three games still left to play. However, the Fireplace are the team in form after having won four in a row but it's still too close to call.
As for the Division 3 Cup the Loft FC have reached the final. Their opponents are yet to be decided. An LFA hearing this week will decide on whether or not Tiles FC will be re-instated. Stay tuned.