Welcome to the final Friday Preview of the season. Whilst most of the matters have now been settled ahead of the last Saturday of the season there are still a few important issues that will go down to the wire.
In the Premier Division pretty much everything is done and dusted.
Champions Hanborough go to bottom side Minster Lovell for their final fixtures and they will look to preserve their record of only one defeat in the season.
Second placed Ducklington have an ‘interesting’ squad to select from for their game with Hailey who have a host of injuries, suspensions and players unavailable.
Mike Duerden will be the winner of the ‘Golden Green Flash’ and his Wychwood Forest side are at home to Charlbury who still have a realistic chance of finishing 4th and earning a place in the Oxon Charity Cup next season.
Combe can also grab the 4th place and they go to Finstock, a side who will be looking to still earn their first home win of the season.
The division where there is most interest tomorrow is Division 1 as technically the championship, both promotion places and the 2nd relegation spot are all still in the mix.
North Leigh A are in the driving seat for the title, but they have a tricky tie at home to 4th placed Brize Norton. They know that three points should be enough to secure the title as their goal difference is 8 better than second placed FC Chequers. Skipper Marc Stayte is the only absentee from the North Leigh squad and the hair gel will all be out before the game as the Oxford Mail photographer is in attendance.
FC Chequers in 2nd placed also have a tricky tie against relegation haunted Hanborough Res. Even if they lose Chequers know the only way they can get pipped for the runners up spot is if they get a right royal thrashing – unlikely really as they have conceded the fewest goals in the division. Expect Hanborough to give it a good go though as they know that only a win will be good enough for them and I would not be surprised to see 2 or 3 first team regulars turning up in the starting line up.
Should Hanborough Res win then FC Mills will go down if they fail to beat 3rd placed Chad Park. Chad will have pretty much given up the 2nd spot after a poor run of only 2 wins in their last 6 games.
4th bottom Ducklington Res travel to Chippy knowing they can only go down if the 2 sides below then both win and Hanborough Res even up a goal diference that is 15 better in Duck’s favour.
In the other 2 games bottom club Witney Wanderers host FC Nomads and West Witney are at home to Aston.
There are only 2 games in Division 2 and the crucial one of these see 2nd bottom Wootton Sports travelling to runners up Witney Royals Res. Wootton know that only a win will be good enough to see them stay up as they trail 3rd bottom Milton by 2 points.
The other game see’s Hailey res hosting Middle Barton with only pride and the thought of a pint afterwards to play for.
There are a couple of games of real interest in Division 3 with a 2nd promotion and relegation spot to play for. FC Chequers Res will be promoted if they win their final 2 games and news filtering from opponents Chippy Res is that they are struggling numbers wise for the game.
At the bottom of the table, Tackley have to win one of their final two fixtures starting with the far from easy task at North Leigh B on Saturday.
Eynsham’s SSC are looking to end the season on a high after a poor run where they have only picked up 1 point in 4 games. They should welcome back Max Leach (ankle), Lee Parsons (ankle) and Alex Bunn (attending a wedding) from the last game. Dan Willis could well keep his spot at Right Back after stepping up from the ressies and putting in a man of the match performance in the last game.
Finally FC Mills Res have one last chance to earn their first point of the season. They finish at Kingham Res and Kev Lloyd in an exclusive interview stated ‘we have been crap all season but we aim to go out on a high’. Expect them to try to keep the score below 8.