In the promotion battle of Second Division, Hill Top and Glanvilles seem almost certain in taking home the 1st and 2nd place trophies. On the other hand there is still an ongoing battle for the 3rd and 4th place play-off spots which is being contested by Golden Grove, Harney Motors Tryum, Abaya and Police.

Hill Top, for most of the season has been in the driver’s seat running undefeated with a 12 game win streak. However, after making an unfortunate “pit-stop”, they drew back to back matches against Bendals (0-0) and Shotguns (1-1) before being out-played by Garden Stars, 4-2. Nevertheless they have regained their composure and continued playing like pedigree champions.

Striker Yafeu Lake with 21 goals, leads the charge for the Cooks Hill team but could temporarily be out of action after suffering a hamstring injury. Lake is confident however, that his team-mates can pull off the victory without him when they travel to Pares later this week.

Glanvilles who reside in second place, could very well take home the championship having dropped the fewest points (6) of any team so far and are still unbeaten after 17 games with 14 wins and 3 draws. Glanvilles have amassed a total of 45 points with four matches to go.

Scoring partners, Tarick Prince with 27 goals and Steven “Fatman” Hughes with 19 have contributed 46 of the 63 goals scored by their team and at this point is the highest number of goals by any team so far in competition. Prince is 6 goals ahead of Hill Top’s Yafeu lake, also in contention for the golden boot award.

Challenging for the Play-offs, 6th placed Police fought to a nil-all draw with Black Panthers over the weekend in their latest quest for victory. Having dropped two vital points the law men are still in it with a very minute chance. They now have a total of 32 points from 17 games and are hopeful that they can achieve a maximum of 44 points if they were to win their remaining four matches.

In earlier talks with the team’s “Top Cop” Cecil Daley, he indicated that his teams’ focus was to try to make it to the play-offs seeing that the automatic promotion was already out of their reach. He also highlighted  that his only stumbling blocks would be Golden Grove and Tryum but with the looks of things Police may have to call for a lot more back-up if they are to make it past these two teams.

Tryum and Abaya are both on 37 points after 18 games, but Tryum, with a superior goal difference of 34 in contrast to Abaya’s 16, will get the nod if the deadlock carries on to the final match.

In their round 8 fixture, Abaya enjoyed a late goal victory over Tryum, but having been pegged back with a total of 4 drawn matches which allowed Tryum to catch up despite losing 5 on the trot. Overall both teams have ended up dropping 17 points each. Any mistakes hereafter could prove costly.

Leading the charge for Tryum will be top scorers Leon Moses Jr, with 15 strikes and captain Sylvester “Banks” Fenton with 11. The pair having combined for total of 26 goals between them, have scored half of the entire allotment of goals scored (52).

Both teams will also enjoy a week off from competition before their next match to allow the other teams to complete their outstanding fixtures. Tryum will then play host to WestHam while Abaya will welcome Baileys Jewellers Young Warriors.

Third place Golden Grove will have to maintain their commendable form if they are to hold on to the third place play-off spot. With 40 points in the bag and only three games left, Golden Grove will seek to make the most of the home team advantage when they welcome Pares early this week. 

Holding on to a 3-point gap ahead of both Tryum and Abaya, Golden Grove could find themselves wearing the bronze medals for all their hard work this season or see it slip out of their hands if they should lose along the way.

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