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#MatchweekSeventeen – Preview

More excitement from the ESPFA is on show and there is lots at stake with fixtures coming from the North and South Divisions as well as the North and South Cup.



Key Matchup


Yate Town v Kidlington


The ‘Key Matchup’ of the week comes from the South Division where Kidlington travel to Yate Town in a must win game for The Greens as they look to stay in the hint for the South Division title.


Yate Town have struggled as of late and have only won one game in their last five matches but remain in fourth spot in the division. They also have played the joint least number of games in the division so will be looking to spoil Kidlington’s day with win that keeps them in the hunt for third.


#ESPFASouthGloucestershire student and Yate Town Academy player Natalio Stella sees this as the perfect opportunity for his side to get back to winning ways. He said: “It is very important for us to get back on track because not getting the results that we wanted made us learnt as a whole team to go again and keep battling every game left. We need to ensure to just play our game the way we know how to play and when doing it have fun and play at our max level.”


The visitors travel down to South Gloucestershire knowing they must win to keep their title hopes alive. They are currently three points behind the division leaders, Rushall Olympic (Amber) but also have a game in hand on them. With Rushall Olympic (Amber) playing in the cup competition this week, Kidlington have a chance to go level on points and games played with the leaders, setting up a dramatic last match for both teams where a win will be a necessity.


North Division


Skelmersdale United v Ossett United


Fourth place Ossett United travel to second place Skelmersdale United in a fixture that could have real implications on the final North Division Standings. Ossett United currently sit three points behind their #ESPFAWestYorkshire rivals, Brighouse Town, but they face stiff competition in the unbeaten champions, Runcorn Linnets tomorrow. Three points for the Sheepicorns would put them right in the mix to finish above Brighouse Town. Skelmersdale on the other hand will know a win tomorrow will almost guarantee them the second spot in the division and provide them with huge momentum as they turn their focus onto the ESPFA North Cup.


Brighouse Town v Runcorn Linnets


The North Division Champions are in action for the first time since being crowned and look to extend their impressive win streak to 10 games as they travel to third place Brighouse Town. The hosts who were neck and neck with Runcorn Linnets in the early part of the season have their own motivation for winning though as they look to finish as high up the table as possible.


North Cup


Witton Albion v Mickleover


Witton Albion continue their cup competition as the host Mickleover tomorrow in what will be a very evenly matched encounter. Witton have been in good form lately, taking four points from their last two North Division games and recorded an impressive 6-1 victory in the cup over Belper Town. Mickleover on the other hand earned a valiant point last week against Skelmersdale and will be looking to get their first win in the cup competition.


South Division


Carlton Town v Frome Town


After a huge 5-0 victory last week which saw Carlton Town claim their first win of the season, the hosts will be full of confidence heading into this fixture. Frome Town will be looking to dampen their spirits thought just like they did to Kidlington last week. The Greens were on course for three points against Frome last week that would have sent them to the top of the table but a great performance from Frome meant they had to settle for a draw.


South Cup


Rushall Olympic (Black) v Rushall Olympic (Amber)


The two #ESPFAWestMidlands sides go head-to-head in the South Cup this week as both sides get their South Cup campaign off the ground. When the sides last met it was Rushall Olympic (Black) who took home the bragging rights after frustrating their opponents and coming away with the 1-0 victory.

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