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The weekend ahead

By Dave Morley

Long Eaton Sunday League gears up for Christmas with some key matches for Kirk Hallam and opponents matches having a big impact

The upcoming weekend has two of our teams in action just two days before Christmas.

The first team are hosting last seasons runners up, Benjamin Smith FC. With a name sounding like that weird cousin who you only see once a year at the family Christmas get together, a more appropriate opponent could not be found. A fantastic team of footballers, who are unbeaten in the league so far will be expecting to take all of the points with the home side on a poor run of form. The flip side of this for the first team is that the local rivals would be the perfect team to get a positive result against and kickstart the season with eight games remaining after this one.

With Kirk Hallam currently bottom and three points adrift, but with three games in hand, the match between Wilmot and Steamboat, who are 8th and 9th respectively becomes a key result to watch out for. This is the only other match in the Premier Division this weekend.

The reserves also have a festive fixture as they travel away to Shardlow SAINT James Reserves in division 2. Having not played a league match since armistice day on 11th of November, the boys will want to get back on track after losing in the cup last weekend. With at least two games in hand on all four teams above them, three points is a must for the reserves as they look towards promotion.

Fourth placed MH United travel to the Red Harrows, who are very inconsistent, leaving MH wondering what to expect and Kirk Hallam hoping that Red Harrows can take points from MH. Third placed Stenson Reserves have no match and Kirk Hallam Reserves currently have six games in hand, meaning that three points on Sunday will put them above Stenson with five matches still in hand. Second placed Erewash are away against Stapleford, who will be flying after beating Kirk Hallam last week in the cup. Hopefully, their run of form will continue and allow Kirk Hallam to close the gap on Erewash. Finally, top team, Long Eaton Magpies travel to third from bottom Sportsman. Stranger things have happened, but Sportsman can really do Kirk Hallam and themselves a huge favour.

Updated 08:00 - 22 Dec 2018 by Dave Morley

Where next?

Under 12's cup quarter final fixture drawn Long away trip to Gonerby the reward for beating Southwell
Christmas thank you to our sponsors It’s the time of the year when AFC Kirk Hallam would like to say a special thank you to all of our sponsors for their ongoing support.


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