Football: Sides back to action after a weekend off
ONCE again, unfit pitches ruled out all games last weekend but hopes are high for some action this time around.
Most of the domestic cup competitions are through to the final stage so, apart from the two remaining Memorial Cup quarter and semi-final games, most teams should be able to concentrate on their league programme.
In the Memorial Cup, SW Steelers are away to Cromwell in an all Division one quarter-final tie.
Steelers secretary Les Brechin said: "We are expecting a tough one against Kev Fenlon's Cromwell boys.
"We beat them 4-1 in the league but the game was much closer than the scoreline suggests.
"They've beaten teams we've lost to and vice-versa. There is a semi-final place at stake and we intend to grab it.
"We are hoping to get into our first ever cup final."
Bridge are not having one of their better seasons but their opponents, AFC Wybers, will still be wary of them.
Both teams are justified in thinking they can go further having made it to this stage.
Meanwhile, Immingham Town play Spiders Web in their semi-final.
Birds Eye Pelham have dropped out of Division One and, after Immingham Bluestone pulled out earlier in the season, the division is now down to only eight teams.
This means that no team will be relegated, but at the other end of the table, the title is a long way from being decided.
In the only game in the division, unbeaten DMS take on fourth-placed Empire Utd.
DMS secretary Paul Knox said: "We have to put in a performance if we are to keep our unbeaten record intact.
"As we play our games in hand we have to beat the teams above us if we are to win the title.
"We should have a full squad available and are looking forward to a good game between two excellent footballing sides."
In Division Two, there are four teams who could still take the honours.
Crows Nest are in pole position but are without a game this weekend, with Pattesons hot on their heels.
The side are home to Inkworks in what looks to be a tough match for Gary Precious' in-form outfit.
Meanwhile, BBS Couriers will take on Police looking to retain their place in second.
Cleethorpes Town are without doubt the team to watch in Division Three.
They are already in the Senior Challenge Cup final and the semi-final of the Lincs Sunday Cup and lead the division with games in hand.
Town play Grantham side, The Ropsley Fox, in the final of the Lincs Cup on Sunday.
Fox beat DMS in the quarter-final and will be tough opponents once again.
With Clee out of league action, East Trans Pelham will be looking to take three points from their clash with Deportivo Empire and keep their promotion push alive.
WHEATSHEAF continue to set the pace in Division Fourand look set for a tilt at the title.
Dean Boon's side have an exceptional record this season and in Will Clifford and Neil Kirwin boast the division's top-scorers.
On Sunday, they play RIS FC and would hope to come away with the points.
Meanwhile, Crows Nest 2nds are away to Great Coates for the first clash between the two sides this season.
Division Five leaders East Marsh Empire are away to Redstar Old Boys looking to maintain their challenge.
Goalkeeper and chairman Phil Lacey said: "It's a pity last weekend's game against Healing and the previous one against Abatis Fire & Security were called off because the Abatis game could have been a title decider and we are playing well at the moment."
"We take one game at a time and have a settled squad which has been together for about three seasons now.
"We are confident but not over-confident."
Two clashes between teams in the chasing pack could have a big impact on the race for promotion.
Abatis Fire & Security are away to AA Property New Waltham, while Clee Motors visit AFC Waltham.
In Division Six, Spiders Web top the table, but several other teams are certainly in contention.
Winns FC will have their work cut out against Grimsby Rovers, while West Marsh Old Boys take on Ace Homecare.
Louth side Olivers Wine Bar face up to EAG FC in a game they must win to remain in contention.
Division Seven leaders The Oak Tree have made their intentions clear this season.
They are already in the Junior Challenge Cup Final and are well in front in the league with an unblemished record.
On Sunday, the leaders take on Advance Alarms for what is sure to be a tough test of their league-winning credentials.