Hello from Knapford! #2 KTFC is only a point behind league-leaders Dryaw FC. They host #4 Kirk Ronan today. The visitors are nine points back of 1st, title chances looking grim. Your Saturday Feature Match gets previewed further down.
Ah, does it feel good to be back back on the Isle, covering the league up close and personal after a Matchday spent stateside. The house sale is back on track there now. Noob will set up shop permanently on Sodor soon, hopefully in time for the summer’s second ever IoS FA Cup.
T16 Ffarquhar vs. #5 Crovan’s Gate
#19 Arlesburgh Utd. vs. #20 Tidmouth City
#13 Vicarstown vs. #7 Wellsworth
#2 Knapford Town vs. #4 Kirk Ronan
T14 Brendam Harbor vs. T14 Castle Rolf
T17 Ulfstead vs. #6 Junction & Sheds
#8 E.C.D. vs. #12 Marron
#1 Dryaw vs. #10 Suddery
#3 Peel Godred vs. #9 Glennock
T16 Ulfstead vs. #11 Lakeside
After weeks of title contenders not being able to string much success together, Knapford may have found their stride. 2-2-0 in their last four. They’re winning close, they’re winning in low and high-scoring affairs. That 2-3 road win over now-#3 Peel Godred was their match of the season.
Still, 3-2 home win over bottom-half Castle Rolf last week wasn’t exactly inspiring. Fans are telling themselves that was a trap game and that getting three points any which way was awesome. Perhaps they’re right….
Kirk Ronan, how are you still within double-digits of the table’s top? 2-2 in the last four isn’t awful at a glance. But that stretch started with a quirky back-to-back split against #19 Arlesburgh Utd. Last week’s 2-3 road win at top-half Glennock was admirable, but Noob doubts it washed away the bitter taste of an 0-7 loss to Marron right before the Easter break.
Noob’s call: Maybe Noob’s drinking the local Kool-Aid, to misuse the reference most folk do unknowingly, but I’m believing the trap game talk.
Knapford Town got a win last week sandwiched between matches against top five clubs. No team is utterly dominating the league in its inaugural season. So that’s getting it done. With a shot at the top rung today, the team has looked hungry at practices, going at it with an edge all week.
Kirk Ronan have faded in the season’s final third. This is too tough a match for them on the road today. Knapford Town 5-2