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Grades Preview for w/e 12th-13th August 2017 - Tight at the Top and the Bottom in All Three Grades

Bon Accord and AGSFPs, the top in Grade 1 enter the home straight tomorrow in the race for the title, knowing that a defeat in any of the remaining three fixtures will hand the other the honours, making for one of the most exciting conclusions in the recent history of the top flight grade.

Leaders Bon Accord look to have the easier task tomorrow when they meet bottom side Ellon Gordon at the Links, though after last weekend's narrow four run win over third placed Knight Riders, the champions will be seeking to finish the season with a flourish. ‘It’s quite simple, we need to win our remaining games convincingly, thus closing the door on AGSFPs, starting on Saturday with Ellon Gordon,'' said Tauqeer Malik, the Bon Accord captain and main strike bowler.

AGSFPs travel to Kellands Park relishing its opportunity to end the season on a high, but wary of the challenge Inverurie Don Valley will present. ‘This is another tough test for us on one of the best grounds in the league. We have the momentum, and will be pushing Bon Accord all the way,'' said Rob Swiergon, the AGSFPs captain.

Third placed Knight Riders who are still hopeful of the top two crumbling in the run in will find relegation threatened Kemnay-Kintore in determined mood, needing a win to ease its situation which currently involves four teams, all in danger of going down.

Crescent, one of the troubled sides travel to Sheddocksley to play Academy, bidding for victory which would take them away from the dropping area. The clash of the day in the relegation area could well be at Harlaw Road where Mannofield must arrest a shocking run of form which has seen them lose its last six out of seven games, including a morale sapping defeat against tomorrow's opponents Cults in mid week in the Turriff Cup. The visitors in contrast has at long last found some form, including beating Academy last week and Inverurie the week before. ''Hopefully we have turned the corner, and can now look forward to a semi-final game against Bon Accord in the Turriff Cup,'' said Aqeel Ajazi, the Cults captain. A defeat for Mannofield and a win for Kemnay-Kintore would plunge the Aberdeen side into the bottom two, and in real danger of going down with Ellon Gordon.

But while it is tough in the top flight of the Grades, it is equally hard going in Grade 2 where Grampian will go up, probably in the company of Stoneywood-Dyce, but for fourth placed Methlick down to seventh placed Gordonians, the prospect of being relegated with doomed Banchory is a real one.

Fraserburgh one of the threatened clubs travel to Methlick for a vital game, while Gordonians can move up the table should they beat Banchory at Countesswells.

It is also tight at the top in Grade 3 where 2nd AGSFPs, Aberdeen Super Kings and Portcullis are all vying to be promoted with unbeaten Stonehaven Thistle whose only interest is in retaining its 100% record, though they are also poised to a win a league and Reid Cup in which they meet Crathie on August 26th.
Report by Jack Nixon
wytbu8  Aug 10 2017 - 9:26am   
 
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