07 February 2013


Following last month's snow disruption, every division south of the border is playing catch up, so I will start this month’s preview with Scotland South.


This weekend will go a long way to deciding the overall title, as the top four teams are all in action against each other. League leaders West Ayrshire entertain third placed Lothian at Potters Bar in Stevenston, while at the Horseshoe Bar in Airdrie, Lanarkshire entertain second placed Ayrshire. At the foot of the table it is the Renfrewshire derby, with East Renfrewshire the visitors, while West Lothian will be looking for a marked improvement in form as they host Borders.


The match of the day will be played at the Embassy Rooms in Woodside, Aberdeen where second placed Grampian play host to third placed Perthshire. League leaders Fife have a bye in the next round of fixtures, so will be looking to rack up as many points as possible when they entertain Tay Valley. The much improved Clackmannanshire play host to Highland in what looks likely to be a close encounter, while at the foot of the table the bottom two clash at the Red Lion Caravan Park in Arbroath, as Angus play host to East Stirlingshire.


This division won’t really unfold until the penultimate weekend of the season, as two of last month's postponed matches have been re-scheduled for May. The two matches which stand out this weekend are third placed Lancashire taking on fourth placed Warwickshire at the Round House in Bolton, and Yorkshire hosting Oxfordshire - where two of the best Mens ‘A’ teams will do battle. It is a basement battle at the Royal British Legion Club in Worcester Park as Surrey host Kent in a match neither side dare lose. The two other fixtures see Essex travel to Cheshire and Devon host Glamorgan.


The Counties who didn’t play last month will be under some real pressure to deliver this weekend, while those counties who did play could put the cat right amongst the pigeons if they deliver some good performances! League leaders Cornwall travel into the Midlands to play a struggling Derbyshire; a buoyant Dorset face Nottinghamshire, Hampshire host Gwent, Cambridgeshire make the journey to the White Eagle Club in Stafford and Gilbert's Bar in Willenhall is the venue as West Midlands entertain County Durham.


This division was one of the hardest hit last month, with only one match surviving the weather, the result of which saw both Lincolnshire and Berkshire move into the top two places. This month Lincolnshire travel to fellow promotion contenders London, while Berkshire entertains Somerset. The bottom two counties are both on their travels: Bedfordshire travel to Hertfordshire, while Norfolk go to the Burton Latimer Band Club & Institute to face Northamptonshire. The final match in the division will be played at Kesgrave Social Club, as Suffolk entertain Wiltshire.


This division was another to have only one match survive last month, and again the result sees those two teams currently occupying the top two places in the division. Leaders Cleveland, having braved the weather on their travels to Sussex, entertain Gwynedd at the Golden Eagle Hotel in Thornaby-on-Tees, while second placed Sussex travel to the Castle Hall in Bridgnorth to take on Shropshire. At the wrong end of the division Worcestershire entertain Buckinghamshire in a match the visitors dare not lose. Fellow strugglers Middlesex travel into Wales to face Montgomery & Radnor, and the final match sees Gloucestershire entertain Leicestershire in a match which will see the winners gain some momentum in their promotion push.


Humberside will be looking to continue their promotion push as they travel to Brynamman RFC to take on struggling Breconshire, while league leaders Merseyside are also in Wales, this time at Whitland Dairy Sports & Social Club to take on Pembrokeshire. Second placed Cumbria host a North West v North East derby against Tyne & Wear, and Northumberland travel to Clwyd. The final match has the Isle of Wight making their shortest trip of the season to take on West of England at the Patchway Sports and Social Club.

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