I thought it would useful to give you an update on our busy Men’s league programme – especially as we’ve just passed the half way stage in the programme. The leagues involved are Nines, Knight & Clegg Cup.
I will start off with the Nines – as possibly the easiest one to report, as it is only 1 league. New Delaval Knights are currently sitting top with a 100% record, with 8 of 8 wins. In pursuit of Benfield who are 7 points adrift, but have played 1 game more. Gosforth, winners of the league for the last 7 years it has been played sit in 3rd.
On a Tuesday night, like the Nines we have the Knight Cup – and we have 4 divisions, and I will work or report from bottom to top. In Division 4 Percy look to be in control with a 7 out of 7 record, and look set for promotion and the divisional title. Rockcliffe Rollers sit in 2nd, winning 5 out of their 7 games but are 17 points behind Percy. But they will face each other later in the season and this may have an impact on the divisional title. Going up a division to 3 – and this division seems a 3-way tussle for top spot. Currently Crawford Park are top with 75 points, but only 3 points behind are Health & Security (72) and a further point behind H&S are Ashington on 71 points. Next week will see a crucial game where Ashington host Crawford Park, and also Crawford Park have an away trip to H&S on 19 July. At the bottom of the table you will see Heaton Victoria, with only 1 win from their 7 games, and have only 18 points – which is 20 behind their closest team Byker Village (38 points).
On to Division 2 Benfield are leading the way, with Westerhope Community in 2nd place, 11 points behind. Perhaps the key game is when they face each other in week 11 (5 July). Propping up the table you will find Westerhope with only 2 out of 8 wins, on 31 points, and just above them are Gosforth & Coxlodge with the same number of wins but have 36 points.
So on to the top division, and as I type this St. Georges Dragons are in pole position, with Newbiggin in 2nd place – but both clubs are on 73 points and are only separated by shots difference. Sitting in 3rd place are current holders Cramlington BC, and they are only 5 points adrift of both teams. Next week St. Georges travel to Newbiggin, and the following game will see St. Georges go to Cramlington – so these next 2 games could be pivotal in the outcome of Division 1 title. At the other end of the division you will find Forest Hall with 2 wins from 7, and have 33 points but are only 4 points behind Morpeth, and Morpeth have played one more game also.CLEGG LEAGUES
In Division 4 Cowpen & Crofton are looking good to clinch the title, winning 6 out of the 7 games played so far – and are currently 19 points ahead of their nearest challengers, who are Wallsend Park. In Division 3, it seems to be 2 clubs vying for top spot – Whitley & Monkseaton are leading with 74 points, but they are very closely followed by Gosforth Garden Village on 72 points. With a key clash for the division, being scheduled for 10 August, where W&M have home advantage over Garden Village. At the bottom of the table you will see Alnwick who have only won 1 of their 7 games so far, and only on 25 points, 13 points behind Tynemouth.
On to Division 2, and this sees Collingwood way out in front, by 30 points. Collingwood boast a record of 8 out of 9 wins, there only loss being to the closest challengers Willington Quay, back in week 2, and have allotted 103 points so far. Willington Quay are second on 73 points, closely followed by Percy on 70 points. At the foot of the table you will see Health & Security propping up the table on 35 points, Forth above them on 40 and Hexham House on 44 points.
On to the top division and this like other leagues is hotly contested with Gosforth leading the charge with 97 points, their only defeat being down at North Shields West End. In 2nd place you will see Benfield, 8 points behind Gosforth, after losing only 2 games – like Gosforth, one was at N.S.W.E. and the other one a 1 shot defeat at home to Gosforth last week. At the wrong end of the table you will see Forest Hall on 43 points, but they are only 3 behind Morpeth (46), Portland are on 47 and Walker St. Peters are on 48 points. So as you can see and realise there is a lot to play for, with I’m sure many ups and downs as we finish the league programme.