CHIPPENHAM & DISTRICT SUNDAY LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION PREVIEW: Castle bid to stay in pole position

CHIPPENHAM & DISTRICT SUNDAY LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION PREVIEW: Castle bid to stay in pole position

CHIPPENHAM & DISTRICT SUNDAY LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION PREVIEW: Castle bid to stay in pole position

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FOLLOWING the withdrawal of FC Colerne from the Premier Division, it means that just six teams will carry on the fight for silverware.

With just two matches from the top flight taking place since last December, all six remaining sides are due to be in action this Sunday morning, weather permitting.

The Castle, who benefited most from the resignation of Colerne, have a three-point lead over defending champions Biddestone Social and Tom Perkins' side will look claim a sixth straight win when they host AFC Melksham, who they have already beaten 3-0 this term.

Melksham will be underdogs, but they have the players capable of upsetting the odds and may just nick a point from a game that Castle will be favourites to win.

Three-time divisional winners Biddestone Social have not kicked a ball in the league since they beat AFC Melksham 3-1 at the end of November.

Ashley Smith’s side are scheduled to host bottom of the table Semington Magpies who were beaten 6-1 when the sides last met.

The match is likely to fall victim to the weather, but should it somehow survive the expected weekend downpour, it is Biddestone who should register a victory.

Over at Meadow Lane, hosts Westbury Rangers will have the welcome mat out for Bradford Renegades.

Westbury beat their guests 4-3 in what was a thriller back in early September, but that was when the sun was shining and rain was the last thing on anyone’s mind.

Six months on and things have changed and unless there is an unexpected marked improvement in things by Sunday, the match will become another unwanted postponement.

Should the impossible happen and the game gets played, it is Dan Mercer’s Renegades side who are tipped to avenge their early season loss.

CHIPPENHAM SUNDAY LEAGUE ROUNDUP, STATS AND PICTURES IN THURSDAY'S GAZETTE & HERALD AND FRIDAY'S WILTSHIRE TIMES AND FOLLOW US ON TWITTER @gazsport and @WTSport

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