Inter Club 2nd Review April - 2018
Inter Club Results after Rounds 3 and 4
As you will probably know, one Round 3 and 7 Round 4 matches were postponed because of the recent snowfalls, so my aim is to bring you up-to-date on the status of all the divisions before several of the postponed matches are played this coming Sunday. Trying to issue current league tables is complicated by the different number of matches that teams have completed.
In Division A, Hurworth only need 6VPs from their final match v Durham to retain their title. Mathematically, it’s still possible for any 2 of the other teams to be relegated, if Durham, Morpeth and South Shields upset the odds and win their final matches against Hurworth, Brunton and Darlington.
The position in Division B is somewhat clearer, as the 2 teams promoted last year, Stockton and Ryton have struggled at this level and will be making an immediate return to Division C. Meanwhile, Whitley Bay & Tynemouth A should secure their immediate return to Division A as they play their postponed match at Ryton this Sunday and then host Stockton in their last game. The other promotion place will be claimed by either Wearside A, Cramlington A or Brunton B, with the score in the Wearside A v Cramlington A match crucial in deciding the outcome.
With 5 matches still to be played in Division C, Durham B are in a good position to make an immediate return to Division B. However, the second promotion place and the relegation issue is still quite open. Both Newcastle A and Morpeth B need at least one good win each in their 2 outstanding matches, with the Round 5 fixture between them crucial in deciding the relegation issue.
Division D is much clearer with Whitley Bay & Tynemouth B and Chester-le;Street A only needing a few VPs from their final matches to secure promotion. Their postponed match resulted in a narrow 11 – 9 victory for Chester-le-Street. Hartlepool could avoid relegation in their final match with either a big win against Cramlington B or a much better result than Darlington C obtain against Whitley Bay. Brunton C are relegated after their heavy defeat by Cramlington B in the last round.
Division E (N) has become a 3-way fight for the 1 promotion place after Hexham’s
14 – 6 win at Alnwick in their postponed Round 3 match. As Castle Morpeth A still have to play both Alnwick and Hexham, these 2 results will decide the promotion place.
Division E (S) is almost settled as Chester-le-Street B only need 3VPs from their final match v Darlington D to secure promotion. If both Chester-le-Street teams achieve promotion, it will be their most succesful season in my 9 years as Tournament Secretary – a fine season for one of our smaller clubs. Stockton B are assured of a place in the reformed Division E next season, with the tussle for 3rd place to be decided by the result of the Wearside B v Durham C match.
Several of the postponed matches are being played this Sunday, so I will arrange to have the league tables updated on the website as soon as I’ve received all the results.
Finally, please note that 2 matches are being played on April 22nd because of the bad weather on March 4th and the non-availability of players during the Easter school holidays. If anyone has any queries about their team’s league position, please contact me.
Brian Pacey – Tournament Secretary