Title race hotting up in SIL Senior Division and Division Two
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The race for the Senior Division title looks destined to go to the wire after the top three maintained the status quo on Wednesday.
Leaders Achilles, on the same number of points as Cranes – both teams with four games left to play – won 10-0 at Westerfield United.
Cranes, last season’s champions, meanwhile, won 3-1 at Capel Plough, and third-placed East Bergholt – six points adrift of the top-two with three games left to play, won 4-0 at Leiston St Margarets.
Provided Achilles equal Cranes’ results until the end of the season, they will win the title, given their superior goal difference – Luke Hillyard’s men boast a plus-25 goal difference over Iain Radnor’s Greshams-based side.
However, one of Achilles’ remaining games is their away fixture at Cranes on Tuesday evening which will go a long way to determining which team finishes as champions.
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Today, Achilles host Felixstowe Harpers United, and are unbeaten in 19 games, having won their last eight matches. The Mighty A’s won the corresponding fixture 6-0 in December, and were also victorious, 3-2, in the teams’ Bob Coleman Cup quarter-final fixture in February.
Cranes, meanwhile, travel to Stanton, having defeated the same opponent 7-1 at home, in the league, last weekend.
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East Bergholt, in third, are the outsiders for the title now and will have to pick up maximum points in their final three games to win the title.
Today they host Haughley, before finishing off with games against Capel and Grundisburgh.
In Division Two, Trimley Red Devils will win the championship if they win their final game of the season at home to Sproughton today and third-placed Stowupland Falcons defeat second-top AFC Kesgrave & Willis.
Trimley (50 points) are a point clear at the top of the table, with AFC hot on their tails in second.
AFC do have the advantage of an extra game over Trimley and should pip the league leaders with a win and a draw from their last two games, given their superior goal difference (plus-15).
Should Stowupland win their final two games of the season and Trimley only manage a point today, they will win the league as they too, have a far better goal difference than the Red Devils, in their case, plus-nine.