Premier League round-up – July 12th

Willoughby set to win the league

The Premier League is really hotting up. Willoughby Dalleys appear to be unstoppable in their quest to win the league, but from position two to nine things are getting to be really interesting. North Sydney now have Kissing Point equal to them on points, Chatswood and Lindfield are equal, Berowra and West Pymble are equal and Lane Cove managed to jump from ninth to sixth spot.

Position Last Week Result This Week
Willoughby Dalleys 33 Won 36
North Sydney United 24 Draw 25
Kissing Point 22 Won 25
Chatswood Rangers 19 Draw 20
Lindfield 17 Won 20
Lane Cove 13 Won 16
Berowra 15 Lost 15
West Pymble 15 Lost 15
Mt Colah 13 Lost 13
Knox United 7 Lost 7

Willoughby Dalleys

Willoughby’s rampaging season continues, with a 1:0 win against Mt Colah. Willoughby are eleven points clear of North Sydney, so they could come second if they lost all of their remaining matches and North Sydney won all of theirs.

Next week they play Knox United at home, which Willoughby is likely to win, given Knox’s season and that will seal the league for them, three games early. Then Kissing Point away which will be a good test, West Pymble at home which they should win and Chatswood Rangers at home.

So I am predicting there will be a lot of celebrations at McClelland Street next Saturday.

North Sydney

We predicted a draw against Chatswood Rangers and we got a scoreless draw giving North Sydney a single point and opening up the league for Kissing Point to move in to second position if their form continues.

Next week North Sydney are at home to Lane Cove, which they should win, then it’s away to Lindfield,  home to Knox, home to West Pymble and then away to West Pymble.

Given their recent form, Lindfield pose the only real threat to North Sydney taking the second spot, but they do have to look over their shoulder to Kissing Point’s form after each game.

Kissing Point

Kissing Point has really found form thumping Berowra 5:1 at home this week and is now equal second with North Sydney. The only difference between the two is goal difference. And that goal difference is simply that they have let in two more goals than North Sydney.

Next week sees Kissing Point away to Mt Colah which they should win, then it’s home to Willoughby Dalleys, Chatswood Rangers at home, and then away to Lane Cove. So it’s a tough run home for them to secure the second spot, but it does look like they have the third spot in the bag already.

Chatswood Rangers

Chatswood drew with North Sydney this week, as we predicted which has opened the door for Lindfield to take fourth spot on goal difference. Chatswood have had five draws this season which is the highest number of draws of any side, but only one of those has been scoreless.

Next week Chatswood travel to Berowra which will be a real test of their strength. Last time Chatswood met Berowra it was at home and they only won that 3:2 so they’re going to need to be on their toes.

Then the rest of the season sees them at home to Mt Colah, away to Kissing Point, home to Lane Cove and away to Willoughby so they have a hard road to travel for the next month.

Lindfield

Who can predict this side? It’s like they have two different teams and you’re never sure which one is going to turn up! This week, the “A” team arrived when they took on Knox at home and thumped them 5:1.

That moves them from two points behind Chatswood to equal with Chatswood and ahead on goal difference.

Next week Lindfield are away to West Pymble which they should win and then they play North Sydney at home, Berowra away and My Colah at home.

Berowra

Coming off a draw the week prior we were predicting a loss to Kissing Point, but didn’t think it would be such a thumping; 5:1!

With such a log-jam of teams in the mid-table a big loss is not going to help Berowra’s season at this late stage.  With West Pymble, Mt Colah and Lane Cove all within two points of Berowra a loss has seen Berowra drop a spot with Lane Cove jumping one point ahead of them.

Next week Berowra host Chatswood Rangers at home, but with these two well matched sides it’s going to be a tough call. I am going to put Berowra to win 1:0, but it could easily be a draw.

The rest of the season sees Berowra away to Lane Cove, home to Lindfield, and away to Knox United. They should take the honours in the Knox match but Lindfield and Lane Cove are going to be tough.

West Pymble

West Pymble’s very mixed season continues with a 1:0 loss to Lane Cove. So their recent form is (L-W-L-W) which makes them a very difficult side to predict.

Next week, West Pymble is at home to Lindfield which I think is going to be a tough match to win. Last time they met, Lindfield gave them a lesson in football beating them 6:1.

The rest of the season sees them on the road for three straight matches against Knox, Willoughby and North Sydney, then it’s home to North Sydney and so they’re going to need to pull a rabbit out of the hat to resurrect their season.

Mt Colah

Mt Colah has only lost half of their matches, winning or drawing the remainder. If they could just finish more consistently they would be third or fourth on the table. They’re a good side to watch and deserve a better position on the ladder, but that’s soccer for you.

Next week, Mt Colah has a tough home game against Kissing Point, then it’s away to Chatswood, home to Lane Cove and away to Lindfield, none of whom they have beaten this season.

Lane Cove

This season, Lane Cove has only lost one match on their home ground of Pottery Green winning four and drawing two. This week was no different beating West Pymble 1:0 in a tight mid-table clash. That means Lane Cove are the fastest mover this week jumping from ninth to sixth spot.

Next week Lane Cove are away to North Sydney which will be tough, then home to Berowra, away to Mt Colah and then Chatswood with their last match at home to Kissing Point.

Knox

A 5:1 loss is always hard to take and this late in the season it’s is very hard to bounce back. Knox’s season started okay, drawing against Mt Colah, Lane Cove and Kissing Point, but their recent form has seen one draw at home to Lane Cove and five losses.

The rest of the season sees Knox away to Willoughby Dalleys which should see Willoughby seal the season on their home ground. Then it’s home to West Pymble, away to North Sydney and home to Berowra.

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