Wednesday, 6 December 2017

West Regional League Update (Male) - 3rd December 2017

Apart from a number of postponed fixtures, we've made it to the halfway point in the West Region leagues, and in each of the three leagues, there's plenty of competition at both the top and the bottom.

In West 1, it's Allan Glens setting the pace having won 8 from 8.  Garnock are a point behind, having lost only one game, but played one more.  Kilmarnocks challenge has slipped in the last few games following losses against Garnock & Carrick, and they find themselves four points behind Glens, having played two more games.

Helensburgh are at the foot of the table on 6 points from eight games.  Irvine are on 9 points but have played a game more, whilst Annan and Oban are on 12 points (Annan have only managed to play five games so far).  Cambuslang are a further point ahead.  So the battle for the two relegation places looks as though it will be between these five teams.

Bonus points often have an impact on who goes up and down, but this year Cambuslang and Oban have both been docked points for non-fulfilment of fixtures, so this too is likely to have a big impact.

This weekend we the four bottom teams find themselves in opposition to the four top teams, so we might not see much change at either top or bottom after Saturday's results are in.

Things are much tighter at the top of West 2, where each of the teams has lost at least two games.  Cumnock are currently top on 37 points from 10 games, with Strathendrick in second on 31 points, but they have two games in hand.  Cumbernauld are also on 31 points, but they have played 11 games.  Paisley, Lenzie and Strathaven are a further point behind on 30.  If they win their games in hand, then both Paisley and Lenzie are right in the title fight.  Uddingston are in seventh place, but on 29 points and a game in hand on Cumnock, they are by no means out of the battle.

At the foot of the table, we have four teams battling the relegation spots.  Birkmyre are on 1 point, having lost 10 from 10, and receiving a 3 point deduction.  Millbrae are on 10 points, Clydebank on 14 and Loch Lomond on 15.  Millbrae have also been docked 3 points.

Like West 1, the four bottom teams find themselves facing league challengers this weekend, but the big game will be the league leaders Cumnocks visit to second place Strathendrick.

At the top of West 3, it's a three-team contest, with Glasgow Uni Medics leading the race.  The Medics are on 40 points from 8 games, 1 point ahead of Bishopton, but Bishopton have played 10 games.  Wigtownshire are in third-place on 29 points, but have a game in hand on the Medics.  Wigtownshire beat The Medics in the Bowl final last weekend, and still have them to play twice in the league, so they'll not be giving up on the title challenge.

Lanark are looking a bit sorry at the foot of the table, with minus 2, having had 7 points deducted for non-fulfilment of games.  Mull are on 3 points, after a 3 point deduction, whilst Hynland and Police Scotland Glasgow are on 8 points (PSG also had a 3 point deduction).  Lanark and Mull have both only played 5 games so they're going to have a busy schedule for the second half of the season, with games already scheduled all through March and to the 14th of April.

No game for Wigtownshire this weekend, so both Uni Medics and Bishopton will be looking to open the gap to third place.