FOR the second time in a week, North and St Martin’s will go head-to-head tonight in a clash that could go a long way to deciding the FNB Priaulx League title race.
Saints’ 2-0 victory a week ago moved them level with the reigning champions at the top and ahead of this latest Northfield clash, North’s extra game remaining – four to three – is the only thing that gives them a slight advantage.
However, despite knowing that victory here would move his side three points clear, Saints assistant coach Leon Meakin – in charge in the absence of John Peace – says there is little pressure.
‘We are all pretty relaxed about it and, instead of worrying about it, are going to enjoy the match because we have done well just to be in this position,’ he said.
‘It is obviously a big game, but I don’t necessarily think that a win for either team guarantees them the title or anything like that, there are still tough games left for each of the top three.
‘I also don’t think that last week’s result will have any bearing here because, although we don’t know our squad availability yet, it will probably be a slightly different-looking team.’
North coach William Woodford is hoping to be able to start Guernsey FC star Dave Rihoy again, but believes his side are the underdogs in this fixture.
He is without Tom Martin from the team that lost out 2-0 a week ago.
‘We know we are facing a side with the form and momentum behind them and I think it is fair to say that Saints are the favourites,’ he said.
‘It is a game that we want to win and will go out there to try and win, but at the same time, it is a game that is probably more important we don’t lose.’
Tonight’s match kicks off at 7.30pm at Northfield.