ALTHOUGH the weather has seen to it that the domestic season will now go into overtime there is plenty to look forward to in the top flight as well over the coming days.
Strabane will be the busiest of all the Premiership sides with four league games still to play over the next two weekends.
This Saturday the Red Caps entertain bottom side Fox Lodge who finally recorded their first win of the season at Bready on Sunday past while 24 hours later the joint-leaders head to Coleraine for a crunch clash against the current champions.
Two wins would keep the pressure very much on Brigade however Strabane will have to plan without overseas man Tawanda Mupariwa who flew out on Tuesday past to join up with Zimbabwe “A”.
Mupariwa has been a big hit at the Park this summer and his absence doesn’t help the club’s pursuit of a first North West title in four years.
It’s a big weekend for Bready too as David Scanlon’s side have slipped up badly after their blistering start to the season and are now just two points clear of Ardmore in the race to avoid the promotion/relegation play-off.
Unfortunately the Magheramason club’s single remaining game is against title-chasing Brigade while Ardmore have no fewer than four matches still to play.
A defeat at home on Saturday would leave Bready very vulnerable to a second play-off in as many years.
Crunch weekend ahead
All roads lead to Drummond this Saturday as the population of Burndennett closes the door behind them and head to the Roe Valley, hoping to book their place in next season’s North West Premier Division.
They have waited a long time to join the region’s elite- 41 years to be precise but players and supporters alike will be hoping that it is all worthwhile come Saturday evening.
It is a straightforward challenge facing Mark Roulston’s side, win and they’re up, lose and either St Johnston or Glendermott will probably take their place.
And it is no “gimme” either as the home team this week finally bared their teeth and claimed the Sammy Jeffrey Shield by beating St Johnston. Burndennett have got themselves into this position however by lowering the colours of the top three in the table at the half-way point, The Saints, the Glens and Killyclooney on their way to seven straight wins on the bounce.
Speaking after beating Mark Gordon’s men in their penultimate game, club stalwart Kevin Logue said everyone was now looking forward to the final match.
“We’ve waited some time for this but we have put ourselves in a great position now.
“It’s as good a side as we’ve been able to put out for many seasons but the boys need to hold their nerve as Drummond were one of the favourites before the season started.
“It will be a great atmosphere as the club is taking a full bus down to the game and although it will probably be a nervous afternoon there will definitely be a bit of a party if we manage to win”