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DIVISION TWO PREVIEW: Goatacre CC out to bowl Cannings over
1:30pm Friday 7th September 2012 in News
GOATACRE CC will be hoping that Kings Arms (All Cannings ) will fail to trouble the scorers when the two sides meet at Cannings this weekend in what will be the first game of the season for the visitors.
The sides couldn’t be split last term as both encounters between the teams finished all-square at 1-1.
It wouldn’t be a surprise if honours were shared again, but with Cannings welcoming back Shaun Jefferies from suspension he may just give Jim Wilson’s side a slight edge as they look to get their first points on the board.
Southwick Wanderers travel to The Beeches, Shaw for a meeting with Miller Sports who, like their guests will be looking to bounce back from an opening day defeat.
Miller, who drew a blank against Somerford, have lost top scorer Joe Flower to FC Jager leaving them short of firepower which could be their undoing against a Wanderers side who have a bulging strikeforce which should see them chalk up their first win this term.
Somerford FC may not have been at their very best in their 2-0 win over Miller Sports, but with two points on the board already they will be confident that they can beat a Wren side on home soil.
Somerford, who are among those sides tipped to do well this season, won’t take anything thing for granted as they succumb to a couple of shock defeats last term which no doubt cost them top spot in Division Three.
This is one of those games that they could lose if they approach it thinking that it’s already won as Wren could cause an upset in a game they should lose.
Back-to-back champions Staverton made the perfect start in their bid for a third successive title by beating one of their promotion rivals White Horse.
However Aaron Latchem’s side won’t have everything their own way when they host GRFC this Sunday.
Tam Laidlaw’s side, despite losing twice to their hosts last term, have it in them to cause a shock, especially if striker Robbie Burton brings his scoring boots to Atworth.
The result should be a lot closer than one would expect it to be. Staverton should win but keep an eye for a GRFC upset.
White Horse were disappointed after their defeat at the hands of Staverton last weekend, but Clive Black’s side will need to regain their focus ahead of their trip to Stanley Park were an impressive-looking Sutton Benger will welcome them.
Benger looked good last weekend and they proved difficult to beat last term, losing just two games, but eight draws eventually dented their promotion hopes.
Benger should win this one but White Horse won’t give up without a fight and the Westbury-based outfit could return home with a point for their efforts.
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