Having no major landmass to the near west of it, Sodor catches the brunt of truly severe storms. Last weekend, the Isle got gobsmacked by one, so all games were postponed and the remaining season’s schedule simply shifted back a week.
Matchday 31 (Sat., 4/6) Preview (Sunday preview to follow tomorrow)
#18 Ffarquhar vs. #11 Lakeside
#6 Junction & Sheds vs. #8 Wellsworth
#12 Castle Rolf vs. #19 Tidmouth City
#2 Knapford Town vs. #14 Brendam Harbor
plus the Saturday Feature Match #17 Brendam Utd. vs. #3 Peel Godred
This should be one dandy of a match, full of desperate energy. United are just one slot in the table and one point ahead of #18 Ffarquhar – the Relegation line. PGFC are tied for 2nd, but four points behind league-leading Dryaw FC. [Click here for the current table.] Neither can afford to drop any points in pursuit of their respective goals with just a couple months of season remaining.
United were featured in the Brendam Derby back in February and that brought them no good fortune whatsoever. There got utterly trucked, 7-0, by intracity rivals Brendam Harbor. Their trajectory, their problems have remained the same. They absolutely cannot score. On Sodor, where defense is typically an afterthought, that’s confusing and unmanageable. They’ve scored all of two goals in their last four matches, going 0-1-3, are in real danger of the Drop.
Noob had the sense coming into this inaugural Premier League season that B-Utd. were going to be competitive, maybe even title-chasers. Brendam’s one of the big, main towns on the Isle. They’ve always done well in the friendlies, tourneys and small regional leagues that have popped up up for brief times here over history. But I failed to realize that much more recently, the power had shifted to Harbor.
“United” was named such for the traditional reason. They are an amalgamation of former, much smaller teams from just inland. They do draw from Brendam Town, but more and more Harbor has been becoming the “city’s team”. B-Utd. has had to become mostly a provincial team, drawing much more heavily from the countryside population for players. That area of this southern peninsula is not populous, even by Sudric standards.
United want to become rivals to Harbor once again. For that to happen though, they’ll need to remake inroads into Brendam proper, expand the player pool from which they draw. Until then, they will likely continue to struggle mightily.
Peel Godred were featured just last matchday, so Noob will abbreviate. [Click here for that PGFC match feature article.] They’re 2-0-2 in their last four. And they need to string together wins in back to back matches for the first time in a while if they want to become the #1 contender to Dryaw.
Noob calls it: Peel Godred 1-6 Peel’s style is unique on Sodor, and so more recognizable to the rest of the world. They actually play some standard formations instead of throwing everyone forward all the time. That gives teams here fits, and has been particularly disastrous for teams in the table’s lower half. Noob’s generous to write United might score at all.