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You've all missed it really ;).

Three seasons ago Montrose struck back late against Brora to preserve their SPFL status... two seasons ago Edinburgh City prevailed over East Stirlingshire... last season Cowdenbeath required a penalty shoot-out to see off East Kilbride. It's the drama, it's the tension, it's time - it's Trapdoorwatch #4 :).


This seasons the playoffs are Saturdays 21st & 28th April and 5th & 12th May. Edusport Academy were promoted to LL from SOSL, with Preston Athletic relegated to EOSL.

August is out and how do things stand around the leagues?


In SPFL2 it's Edinburgh City making heavy weather of things after 4 games with no points to their name. Next come Annan on 3pts.

https://spfl.co.uk/league-two/table/


Highland League are 6 games in and no surprise to see Cove top with 5 wins/1 draw and Buckie 2pts behind alongside Nairn and, unbelievably, Rothes. Poor starts at Formartine and Brora see them 6pts off the pace, Brora having lost to Huntly and Inverurie then drawn with Fraserburgh today.

http://highlandfootballleague.com/LeagueTable/


Lowland League are also 6 games in plus Dalbeattie v Stirling Uni in Matchday X but minus Selkirk v Dalbeattie cancelled as their floodlights weren't ready. East Kilbride and BSC Glasgow lead with 5 wins/1 draw each, then Spartans and University of Stirling 3pts back. Disappointing start by their standards has seen East Stirlingshire already fall 7pts behind after defeat to BSCG and draws with Dalbeattie, Gala and Civil Service Strollers.

http://slfl.co.uk/lowland-league-table/

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Bump.

Interesting times across these divisions.


Cowdenbeath now find themselves in their familiar repose - propping up SPFL2. However they're only 1pt Edinburgh City who manager walked after yesterday's loss at Montrose. Slight gap to fellow strugglers Clyde. Business as usual from the end of last season here, Berwick having extricated themselves for the moment at least.

https://spfl.co.uk/league-two/table/


In HL the pacesetters remain Cove. They are trailed by an impressive Fraserburgh, who sit 2pt back. After that there is a 4pt gap to Brora, then another 2pt to holders Buckie, Formartine and Inverurie.

http://highlandfootballleague.com/LeagueTable/


BSC Glasgow had established a 5pt lead atop LL but this has been trimmed slightly to 4pts, although they remain unbeaten. Spartans are now 2nd and have 1 game in hand. East Kilbride have stuttered slightly in recent weeks under the reign of Billy Stark - being held 1-1 at home to Stirling Uni, slumping to a 0-5 home defeat to East Stirlingshire then having to come from behind to rescue a 1-1 draw at 2nd bottom Edinburgh University yesterday. Despite that spectacular win at K-Park, the 'Shire still find themselves in the bottom half of the table, trailing by a whopping 14pts; but they've 2 games in hand after their visit to Hawick was waterlogged yesterday.

http://slfl.co.uk/lowland-league-table/

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Bump.

October is done - it's time to crack out the tables.


In SPFL2 it looks increasingly like the same 3 clubs as last season battling to avoid relegation - Edinburgh City and Cowdenbeath can hardly buy a goal while Clyde can't keep them out. Annan and Berwick have drawn away:

 6   Berwick     P10   W5 D0 L5   15pts

 7   Annan       P10   W4 D1 L6   13pts

 8   Clyde       P10   W2 D2 L6    8pts

 9   Edin City   P10   W2 D0 L8    6pts

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10   Cowdenb’h   P10   W1 D2 L7    5pts



HL sees Cove taking a grip on things sitting 3pts clear with 1 game in hand. They're pursued by Fraserburgh then Inverurie. Buckie have had a disastrous month - losing 3-0 at Inverurie, 7-1 at Cove (at Inverurie), then 3-2 at home to Deveronvale. Brora were also smashed 5-0 at home to Formartine:

1   Cove        P15   W13 D2 L0   41pts

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2   Fraserb’h   P16   W12 D2 L2   38pts

3   Inverurie   P17   W11 D2 L4   35pts

4   Brora       P15   W11 D1 L3   34pts

5   Formart’e   P16   W10 D1 L5   31pts

6   Buckie      P15    W9 D1 L5   28pts



LL looks very much like a 3-way race with BSCG, Spartans (with 1 game in hand) and EK only separated by 2pts. East Stirlingshire have only managed 15pts from their 11 games. BSCG had lost 4-2 at Civil SS early in the month:

1   BSCG        P13   W10 D2 L1   32pts

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2   Spartans    P12   W10 D1 D1   31pts

3   East Kilb   P13    W9 D3 L1   30pts

4   Gretna      P13    W7 D2 L4   23pts

5   Selkirk     P11    W7 D0 L4   21pts, +18

6   Cumbern’d   P13    W6 D3 L4   21pts,  +3

7   Stir Univ   P12    W6 D2 L4   20pts

8   East Stir   P11    W4 D3 L4   15pts
 

Edited by HibeeJibee

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Corrected LL.

Selkirk won earlier (still October):


1   BSCG        P13   W10 D2 L1   32pts
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2   Spartans    P12   W10 D1 D1   31pts
3   East Kilb   P13    W9 D3 L1   30pts
4   Selkirk     P12    W8 D0 L4   24pts

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On 10/28/2017 at 18:09, HibeeJibee said:



HL sees Cove taking a grip on things sitting 3pts clear with 1 game in hand. They're pursued by Fraserburgh then Inverurie. Buckie have had a disastrous month - losing 3-0 at Inverurie, 7-1 at Cove (at Inverurie), then 3-2 at home to Deveronvale. Brora were also smashed 5-0 at home to Formartine:


 

:lol:

Be'Jesus

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Cove will win the Highland League, almost certainly. The rest don't have the consistency, with Formartine losing heavily to Cove then beating Brora 5-0 at Dudgeon Park. Cove beat Buckie 7-1, only for Buckie to beat second place Fraserburgh 4-1 last month. Having racked up the goals months ago, Cove just need to grind out wins from here on in. 

And now they've got their ground on the way, they're maybe taking the play-offs seriously, unlike last time. 

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Bump.

November's come and gone.


Little movement afoot SPFL2, but Cowdenbeath have reeled-in 1pt.

Fraserburgh blew chance to lead HL today.

EK join BSCG atop LL, but Spartans hunting.


 

 6   Annan       P14   W4 D5 L5   17pts,  +2

 7   Berwick     P13   W5 D2 L6   17pts, -10

 8   Clyde       P13   W2 D5 L6   11pts

 9   Edin City   P13   W2 D2 L9    8pts

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10   Cowdenb’h   P14   W1 D4 L9    7pts


 

1   Cove        P16   W14 D2 L0   44pts, +61

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2   Inverurie   P20   W14 D2 L4   44pts, +34

3   Fraserb'h   P18   W13 D2 L3   41pts

4   Brora       P16   W12 D1 L3   37pts

5   Huntly      P19   W11 D2 L6   35pts
6   Buckie      P18   W10 D2 L6   32pts



 

1   BSCG        P16   W11 D3 L2   36pts, +28

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2   East Kilb   P15   W11 D2 L1   36pts, +22

3   Spartans    P13   W10 D1 L2   31pts

4   Selkirk     P15    W9 D0 L6   27pts

5   Gretna      P16    W8 D2 L6   26pts,  +6, F30

6   Cumbern’d   P16    W7 D5 L4   26pts,  +3, F29
7   East Stir   P14    W7 D3 L4   24pts

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That's quite an impressive goal difference Cove have from only 16 games.

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Gulf in class... spanked Buckie 7-1, Keith 6-2, Nairn 8-0 (away), Turriff 5-1, Fort William 8-0, Strathspey 8-0 (away), a pair of 4-0s, plus the other half of their program so far being regular level 1/2/3s.

In comparison BSCG leading LL are +28 and that's despite them winning 9-0 at Hawick in September. HRA have had a clear-out and improved a lot since then, indeed only lost 3-2 v EK today.

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December runs out and with it 2017.

Clyde, Edinburgh City and Cowdenbeath remain the relegation contenders in SPFL2. Advent has brought little festive cheer to these sides with City and Cowden adding a solitary 1pt to their totals - Clyde 2pts.

Cove Rangers have further tightened their grip atop HL and now sit 6pts clear with 3 games-in-hand. Last season's champion Buckie have sunk away into mid-table while Brora sit 13pts back with just 1 game-in-hand.

LL has seen the most interesting developments - with BSCG and East Kilbride dropping a lot of points, Spartans suffering several postponements and East Stirlingshire continuing a victorious streak to attach themselves to the coat-tails of the race. BSCG still lead but only 1pt ahead of EK, themselves only 1pt ahead of Spartans with 3 games-in-hand, while 'Shire sit further behind.

 

 6   Elgin       P17   W7 D3  L7   24pts

 7   Berwick     P16   W6 D3  L7   21pts

 8   Clyde       P15   W2 D7  L6   13pts

 9   Edin City   P17   W2 D3 L12    9pts

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10   Cowdenb’h   P16   W1 D5 L10    8pts


 

1   Cove        P19   W17 D2 L0   53pts

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2   Inverurie   P22   W15 D2 L5   47pts

3   Fraserb'h   P19   W14 D2 L3   44pts

4   Brora       P18   W13 D1 L4   40pts, +39

5   Formart'e   P20   W13 D1 L6   40pts, +34
6   Forres      P20   W12 D3 L5   39pts



 

1   BSC Glasg   P19   W13 D3 L3   42pts

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2   East Kilb   P19   W12 D5 L2   41pts

3   Spartans    P16   W13 D1 L2   40pts

4   East Stir   P18   W10 D4 L4   34pts

5   Cumbern'd   P20    W8 D6 L6   30pts

6   Stir Univ   P18    W9 D2 L7   29pts
7   Selkirk     P17    W9 D0 L8   27pts

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B’Jesus I’ve missed this forum, but I’m back and so are the mighty Brora. Cove certainties my arse. We’ve still to play them twice. Clyde beware we’re coming to get you, so leave the light on.

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8 hours ago, Ivo den Bieman said:

Hard to see past Cowdenbeath for me I'm afraid.

Depends on how big your telescope is and where you are positioned.

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January bids us farewell - apart from Berwick v Peterhead and Stirling Albion v Cowdenbeath this midweek - but it's been a catastrophic month for Cowdenbeath whose 1pt deficit expanded to 9pts. They lost today whilst all 3 others won. It's far from impossible to overcome such a gap across 16 games but their remaining games against the pursued are all away plus a Clyde visit...

It remains very hard to see past Cove in HL. They're 5pts clear of Fraserburgh with 2 games-in-hand, 8pts of Inverurie with 3, and 10pts of Formartine with 2. Blowup required. Still unbeaten they've 14 games to play.

LL is still the big title race. EK lead but BSCG could close to within 1pt, Spartans go 6pts clear and 'Shire to within 4pts with games-in-hand. Between 8-12 games left.
 

 
 
7   Berwick     P20   W7 D3 L10   24pts

 8   Clyde       P20   W4 D8  L8   20pts

 9   Edin City   P21   W5 D3 L13   18pts

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10   Cowdenb’h   P20   W1 D6 L13    9pts


 

1   Cove        P20   W18 D2 L0   56pts

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2   Fraserb'h   P22   W16 D3 L3   51pts

3   Inverurie   P23   W15 D3 L5   48pts

4   Formart'e   P22   W15 D1 L6   46pts



 

1   East Kilb   P22   W15 D5 L2   50pts

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2   BSC Glasg.  P21   W14 D4 L3   46pts

3   Spartans    P18   W14 D2 L2   44pts

4   East Stir   P21   W13 D4 L4   43pts

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Bump.

Interesting situation developing in HL where Cove will now have to play every Wednesday & Saturday from now until the end of the season to get finished - they have 13 league games and 2-5 cup ties to play, but 17 dates to play them! In comparison LL leader East Kilbride have 6 league games and 1-4 cup ties left.

Here are the run-ins of Cowdenbeath, Cove, and LL quartet:
 

             Cowdenbeath      Cove        East Kilb     BSC Glasg     East Stir     Spartans

 

Sat 17 Feb   Clyde   (A)   Keith   (A)   V. of L.(H)   Selkirk (H)   Hawick  (H)   Edusport(H)
 mid-week                  B. o’D. (N)                                             Gretna  (A)   Final|R3

Sat 24 Feb   Peter’d (H)   Rothes  (H)   Cumbern.(A)   Gala    (A)   Edusport(A)   V. of L.(A)   R1

 mid-week    Stenh’r (A)   Brora   (H)   Gre/Spa (A)                               SF

Sat 03 Mar   Edin C. (A)   Rothes  (H)                 Gl. Uni.(A)   Hawick  (A)   Dalbeat.(A)   R4

 mid-week    Clyde   (H)   Nairn   (H)
Sat 10 Mar   Montrose(H)   R2            Whitehil(A)   Ed. Uni.(A)                 St. Uni.(H)

 mid-week                                SF                                        SF

Sat 17 Mar   Elgin   (H)   SF?           Civil SS(A)   Gretna  (H)   V. of L.(H)   Cumbern.(H)

 mid-week

Sat 24 Mar   Stirling(A)   Lossiem.(A)   Final         Civil SS(H)                 Final

 mid-week                                                                          Hawick  (A)

Sat 31 Mar   Stenh’r (H)   Final                       SF            Spartans(H)   East St.(A)

 mid-week                                                                          Whitehil(A)

Sat 07 Apr   Clyde   (H)                 BSC Gla.(A)   East Ki.(H)   Whitehil(H)   Gretna  (A)

 mid-week                                Final         Whitehil(A)                 Final

Sat 14 Apr   Peter’d (A)   Brora   (A)   St. Uni.(A)   Hawick  (H)   Spartans(A)   East St.(H)

Sat 21 Apr   Berwick (A)

Sat 28 Apr   Annan   (H)

No date yet                Clachnac(H)

                           Forres  (H)

                           Strathsp(H)

                           Wick    (H)

                           Fort W. (A)

                           Fraserb.(A)

                           Wick    (A)     

South Challenge Cup
Highland League Cup
EOS Cup
EOS Qualifying Cup
Aberdeenshire Shield

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