Treble chance for Chopwell

CHOPWELL face three must-win end-of-season matches to have any chance of lifting the title.

CHOPWELL face three must-win end-of-season matches to have any chance of lifting the title.

And the task could hardly be tougher, as they square up to runaway leaders Cowgate and third-placed Blue Flames hot on the heels of tomorrow’s trip to stubborn Warkworth.

With Cowgate 21 points clear at the top of the pile, Chopwell captain Paul Veitch hopes his side can at least push them all the way to the finishing post.

Veitch has been impressed with the work-rate and application of his emerging side, especially after losing several experienced players before the season started.

After a blistering start losing just one in six, Veitch’s men slipped away in what he describes as typical fashion, but by giving youth a chance he has seen his side work their way steadily back up the league.

And now he is desperate for his players to do themselves justice as the season draws to a close.

He said: “It would be great if we can run them really close and, of course, we might even be able to pip them to the title.

“But you would think it is Cowgate’s title to lose now, and fair play to them because they have only lost once all season.

“What we don’t want to do now is slip away again having come this far, but we do have three very tough matches to end the campaign with, and we cannot expect to get anything out of them without performing at our best.”

Veitch said he is proud of the way his young players and his second team players have filled the boots of some important leavers.

Veitch said: “We have had to push a few second team lads through, but to be fair they have not let anyone down.

“All we can do now is push as hard as possible for the wins and see where that takes us, but whatever happens it has been a good year in the circumstances.”

Elsewhere, Stocksfield will look to get last weekend’s agonising defeat to Chopwell out of their system at Blyth, while Clara Vale will look for a relegation-avoiding miracle as they host Alnmouth.

Heaton Park will aim for the higher reaches of mid-table, maybe even the top four, as they travel to Corbridge, leaders Cowgate will hope to send relegated Belsay packing and Kirkley will be seeking to secure safety when they take on Blue Flames.

FIXTURES: Blyth v Stocksfield; Clara vale v Alnmouth; Corbridge v Heaton Park; Cowgate v Belsay; Kirkley v Blue Flames; Warkworth v Chopwell.


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