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Top two clash in the Notts Premier League

31st August 2017

Defending champions and Notts Premier League leaders Cuckney travel to second-placed Plumtree on Saturday knowing that a win will secure them the title once again in the penultimate round of fixtures.

Plumtree brushed off Caythorpe last time out but go into this game 32 points behind the leaders with just 40 points left to play for.

Whilst a big win would give them a faint hope of stealing the title at the last minute; realistically it would more likely push Cuckney’s coronation back a week.

Cuckney left it late again to seal victory over Farnsfield last week; a result which leaves them needing just nine points from their last two matches to retain the title and be crowned NPL champions for the fourth time.

A win here would be the perfect way to do that and avoid any potential last day nerves.

At the other end of the table, Welbeck found themselves bottom of the pile last weekend after their loss against Mansfield Hosiery Mills, five points behind Attenborough, so will be looking for a result at one of the sides they can catch up, Farnsfield, to make sure their fate is in their own hands going into the final game.

Their hosts, meanwhile, may well be ruing a late collapse against Cuckney last time out which cost them at least two points, but they start the day 23 points ahead of their opponents and they will know that a good result here will all but guarantee Premier League cricket next season.

Elsewhere, at the New Gatehouse Ground, Hucknall welcome Attenborough where the home side find themselves in fifth place after a remarkable win over the Cavaliers - quite a difference from last season when they went into the final two matches still in the relegation zone!

Geoff Dods made an important half-century in Saturday’s game and 40 more would mean 500 NPL runs.

Attenborough arrive on the back of a massive win over the Academy; the win lifted them off the bottom and they will be hoping to extend their lead over Welbeck. They will be without last week’s centurion Tom Moores, but will be hoping to catch Hucknall in an end of season mood.

In one of the day's other matches, Kimberley Institute entertain Caythorpe at Newdigate Street.

Kimberley recorded another win on the road against Radcliffe last week which saw them move back into third place. Their home form has been their Achilles Heel over the second half of the season though, so they will be looking to bow out on high in their final outing on home turf this season.

Caythorpe arrive on the back of a heavy defeat by Plumtree, but safe in the knowledge they are assured of Premier League cricket next season. They remain in ninth spot and will likely finish there and can travel safe in the knowledge that they can play with the pressure off.

At the Fieldings, Mansfield Hosiery Mills welcome the West Indian Cavaliers and the home side have chalked up three consecutive wins after seeing off Welbeck and start the day in seventh spot, but if they win here and results go their way they could potentially end the day in fifth.

The Cavaliers will be hurting after their defeat to Hucknall and that defeat meant they slipped one spot to fourth place and are now fourteen points behind Kimberley just above them. Pride remains all that they have left to play for this season.

Finally, at Lady Bay, the Notts Academy host Radcliffe-on-Trent in what will be the Academy’s last home match before they bow out of the league so they will be looking to add to their disappointing tally of just one home win all season.

Radcliffe have suffered back to back defeats after their loss against Kimberley and will be looking to bounce back with a result here. They relinquished fifth place to Hucknall, but could move back into it if they better Hucknall’s result by four points.


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