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#MatchweekSixteen – Preview

Another week of fixtures await as we near the end of the season and both the North and South Division host some exciting fixtures that could decide the final standings in the table.

Key Matchup

Ossett United v Brighouse Town

The North Division plays host to the ‘Key Matchup’ this week as #ESPFAWestYorkshire rivals Brighouse Town and Ossett United go head-to-head.

Brighouse started the season on fire and went four games unbeaten until Ossett United burst their bubble in November with a 2-1 defeat. Ossett on the other hand started the season slow but went on a four-game winning streak of their own before Christmas. Overall, these two sides seem very even, and we should have an incredible matchup on our hands, with more than three points on offer as both teams will be hoping to take home the bragging rights.

Ossett United have had a tough start to 2022 and suffered two defeats in their two divisional fixtures of the year. #ESPFAWestYorkshire student and Ossett United defender, Harrison Cooper believes a win over their rivals would be a brilliant way to get their campaign back on track. He said: “there will most definitely be added pressure for the match as we haven’t been at are best since returning after Christmas, but we are all very determined to get back to are usual selves and start winning again and a win in the derby would be great to start that off again”.

In the Brighouse Town camp, they are not letting the occasion of a derby game get to them and will be working hard to get back to their best. #ESPFAWestYorkshire and Brighouse Town academy player Elliot Haigh said: we are treating this game like we do every game and will go into the game with high intensity and motivation to win the game. I think we have struggles with injuries of certain players but all we have to do is work hard and the results will come because we know how we can perform in possession, and we showed that in the beginning.”

North Division

Runcorn Linnets v Belper Town

North Division leaders Runcorn Linnets have the chance to clinch the division on Thursday, needing just a point in this game to seal the title in back-to-back seasons. Belper Town have found a new resurgence of late and have picked up four points from their last two North Division games so the hosts shouldn’t expect a walk over.

Skelmersdale United v Mickleover

The hosts go into this fixture in good form having picked up 12 points out of a possible 15 in recent weeks’ including a 1-2 win over Brighouse Town to give them a huge shot of finishing second in the division. Mickleover however have been struggling in recent weeks but three points here would give them a good chance of finishing in fourth spot above Ossett United who they are currently level on points with.

South Division

Chesham United v Rushall Olympic (Amber)

Looking to build on their 2-2 draw with Carlton Town last week, Chesham United welcome the current South Division leaders to The Meadow in what is a must win game for Rushall Olympic (Amber). The visitors are top of the South Division by one point so will know there is no room for error here after they managed to get over the line last week with a 3-2 win over Frome Town.

Frome Town v Kidlington

Frome Town face a South Division title challenger for the second week in a row after playing out a five-goal thriller with Rushall Olympic (Amber) last week. Kidlington will be hoping for a much more straightforward affair and despite sitting in second in the division, a point behind Rushall Olympic (Amber), they do have a game in hand on the leaders.

Yate Town v Carlton Town

With no game last week, Yate Town will be excited to get back on the pitch again on Thursday with a chance to move up in the standings. Rushall Olympic (Black) are currently one point above them in third but have played three more games than the #ESPFAGloucestershire side. Carlton Town however will look to build on a valiant performance last week where they drew 2-2 with Chesham United and are looking to pick up their first win in the South Division.

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