Wet weather wipes out another CCFL weekend

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The weather all but wiped out the CCFL’s entire fixture list last Sunday with only two games beating the inclement weather.

The weather all but wiped out the CCFL’s entire fixture list last Sunday with only two games beating the inclement weather.

The powers that be will be hoping that this weekend’s games can go ahead as some teams could face a fixture pile up in the weeks ahead if more games fall foul of the conditions.

However the CCFL do have weekends in hand as the mild weather up to December meant that very few games were posponed before the recent spell of wet weather that has left many pitches waterlogged.

This Friday night Arlington will be hoping to get back to winning ways as they travel all the way to county Roscommon to take on Athlone based side Monksland Utd. Monksland are currently second from bottom of the Senior Division but while Arlington will travel as favourites, they can take nothing for granted as they battle for the runners-up spot in the top flight.

At the other end of the Senior Division, bottom side Mountmellick are in must win territory as they also travel to Athlone, this time on Sunday, to take on St Peter’s. With three games more played than the two teams above them, anything less than a win would all but condemn Mountmellick to finishing in the bottom two.

Clonaslee are still in with a chance of gaining promotion to the top flight next season as they currently sit in four place in the Premier Division. While they do not control their own destiny, if they keep winning to the conclusion of the season, it will pile the pressure on the sides above them. They have five games to go starting this Sunday against Derry Rovers and they must pick up all three points to keep their promotion hopes alive.

After their win away to Clonbonny last week, Stradbally are right in the mix at the top of Division 1 and they will be confident of making it four wins in a row when they welcome bottom side Highfield to The Lawn on Sunday. Depending on other results, they could find themselves in the top two at the end of the weekend. Gracefield currently sit in second place behind clear leaders Mullingar Town and they face a tricky trip to south Offaly to play Shinrone who have struggled at times but who are capable of beating anyone on their home patch.

Ballybrittas remain in the hunt in Division 3A and they will fancy their chances of keeping the pressure on the sides above them when they host bottom side St Aengus on Sunday. Towerhill Rovers are also in contention for the runners up spot but they face a tough test away to runaway leaders Edenderry Town.