Demolition derbies in the race for the title

DERBIES between Vale Rec and North are always tight affairs, but there may never have been quite so much riding on them as in the next five days.

Rob Wakeham is congratulated by his Vale Rec teammates after scoring at Sylvans at the weekend. He will be looking to continue his good form in successive Grand Fort Road derbies this week. (Picture by Max Coomer, 1296103)
Rob Wakeham is congratulated by his Vale Rec teammates after scoring at Sylvans at the weekend. He will be looking to continue his good form in successive Grand Fort Road derbies this week. (Picture by Max Coomer, 1296103)

DERBIES between Vale Rec and North are always tight affairs, but there may never have been quite so much riding on them as in the next five days.

The two sides, both challenging for the Priaulx League title in a topsy-turvy season, meet twice this week, starting tonight at the Corbet Field, with both coaches stressing the importance of the double-header.

It is Rec who lead the way in second-place – and, with games in hand on leaders Bels – while reigning champions North are 14 points behind their great rivals, having played two games fewer.

Both Carl Le Tissier and William Woodford have near full-strength squads to select from, with the former admitting this is a make-or-break week for his emerging Rec side.

It is a similar story in the night’s other big game, as leaders Bels entertain the fourth side in the title hunt, St Martin’s, at the Track.