Beith Juniors FC: My Site News: Stagecoach Leagues Championship/Promotion/Relegation Issues

Wednesday, January 31
Stagecoach Leagues Championship/Promotion/Relegation Issues
 

Premier Division Champions – This looks most likely to be Auchinleck Talbot who would be the first team to record back to back championships in Super League history.  However if any team can catch them it will be Pollok, who after a poor start have came back with an inspiring run of results (sound familiar?). Their 3-0 victory over Renfrew led them to their 7th successive super league win which is their best to date and equals the record set by Kilwinning Rangers. They have a game in hand on Bot but are 7 points behind. Shotts are in arguably a better position than Lok, sitting 1 point behind with 1 game in hand and a crunch test of their credentials will be the tie between the two this week. Tommy’s Tip - Talbot



Premier Division Relegation – With 10 games to play it would be churlish to write off any team but Renfrew are looking certainties for the drop with only 4 points so far, unless ex Beith manager Sandy Maclean can swing things round there and bring back them to last season’s near championship winning form when they lost out only to goal difference. Maryhill are also looking doomed just now with 8 games remaining and only 7 pouints on board. Good luck to our ex-keeper Kevin Montgomery there in their fight against the drop. Tommy’s Tip – Renfrew and Maryhill



Premier Division Play Off – Probably the hardest to predict will be the 3rd bottom team who will face the 3rd team in our division. It looks like any team from a gang of five at the current stage with Bellshill (13 pts from 11 games), Neilston (15 pts from 13 games), Kilsyth (15 pts from 13 games), Glenafton (15 pts from 12 games) and Petershill (16 pts from 10 games). Notably that is the past 3 years Division 1 champions, last years runners up and Glenafton who are ever presents in the top division. Tommy’s Tip – Neilston



1st Division Champions – Won’t be many (any?) arguments here about Irvine Meadow, sitting 6 points ahead with 2 games in hand. I just can’t see them throwing it away with the quality in their squad. Their success is clearly built on a miserly defence, with their goals for record behind ourselves and Troon. Tommy’s Tip – Irvine Meadow XI



1st Division 2nd Place – After a poor start and some inconsistency we have done well ourselves to get back in this position and since possession is 9/10’s of the law we’re in with a good chance of remaining here – albeit with help from others! Troon sit 1 point behind us, but as last week’s mauling at the hands of Arthurlie showed the injury of keeper Derek Barnes could prove fatal to their cause, but far too early to write them off as they already have worst goals against record of the contenders.



The Buffs sit in 4th with some weel kent faces in their team and if they win their games in hand will leap frog us by 3 points and have a better defensive record than us although not as good a goal differential.



This weekend’s visitors Vale of Clyde occupy 5th place and the fact they would leap frog us by 5 points if they win their games in hand shows how much of a 6-pointer this game is for both teams. Out of the 2nd place contenders, the Tin Pail have the best defensive record but the worst scoring record of them all. The only team yet to have won at Meadow Park though.



The other two teams to include in this race and I don’t list them last as least likely but only through the amount of games they have in hand. Johnstone Burgh have 7 games in hand and would be a massive 9 points ahead of us IF they win their games in hand. East Kilbride have 6 games in hand and would be 6 points ahead IF they win their games in hand. It looks like both these teams will be playing 3 games a week come the end of the season. This may well hinder the cause but if they hit a purple patch at the right time it will be to their benefit.



Tommy’s Tip – Beith (did you expect anything different?)



1st Division Play Off – Obviously you have to include the teams above for this, but due to the mid-way point of the season it is still wide open and though I personally doubt they will vie for 2nd they may well have a chance at 3rd.  So the outsiders I’d include here are both teams under new management in Largs and Hurlford.



 


Tommy’s Tip – Kilwinning Rangers



1st Division Relegation – 4 spots up for grabs and a lot still to play for. Girvan sit bottom with 9 points from 16 games and I can see them picking up points but not enough to get out the bottom 4. Annbank have 10 from 14 and will cause trouble for quite a few teams but I don’t think they’ll get out the bottom 4 either. Larkhall still only have 2 wins under their belt but 2nd time around boss Bobby Crilly will make sure they’ll be hard to beat and by all accounts are a much different proposition to the team we faced at Bellsdale. Lugar have 14 from 13 but took a big scalp the other week in Troon and we know from the 5-3 game they are capable of scoring goals, so I’ve got a feeling they’ll come good and have a good 2nd half of the season like last year. The only team in the division I’ve not mentioned so far are Lesmahagow and I’ll think they’ll be involved in a dog fight with Lugar for safety. Tommy’s tips – Girvan, Annbank, Larkhall and Lesmahagow



 


Ayrshire District League – Champions Elect are surely Kilbirnie Ladeside with an excellent scoring and defensive record, with Tommy Bryce getting great credit for his work there. Whitletts look like joining them as things stand, sitting 6 points clear although they have played a game more than Kello and 5 more than Maybole. Our other Garnock Valley neighbours Dalry Thistle are also in with a good chance if they win their games in hand. Tommy’s Tips – Kilbirnie and Maybole


Central District League Div 1 – Rob Roy look good for the Championship right now and I’m backing Clydebank to make the jump up to Super League status that their fans deserve. Glencairn and Cumbernauld are also in the mix. After all the scalps Lanark have taken this season including our own (through a penalty lets not forget) it would be unwise to discount them but like Clydebank last year on their Scottish run I think it will leave too much for them to do in the league. Tommy’s Tips – Rob Roy and Clydebank

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