Norstar A vs North London Raiders A
“Dedication, commitment and hard work” were the qualities Norstar boss Phil Peters earmarked when his team beat Raiders in the first Orange derby of the season and they will need more of the same as they look to pull off what would be the mother of all escape acts.
The Stars won’t give up the fight until it’s mathematically impossible and on Sunday they go in search of their third win of the season.
But Peters isn’t happy about the timing of the match, with some key players missing.
He told JC Sport: “We can’t wait to play Raiders again, but it really is ridiculous that we’re having to play this weekend. Only the weather is to blame for that though ...
“There will be two depleted squads I’d imagine and looks like I’ll get my first start of the season.
“Still no one’s managed to find kosher for Pesach Lucozade so probably a sluggish 90 minutes.”
With the team’s silverware challenge over for another season, Raiders boss Rob Richman hopes his players can end any lingering relegation fears as early as possible. They still have six games remaining and with games against Brady and FC Team coming up, this is one of their easier games on paper.
But with old boys Mark Leader, a scorer in the first meeting, Ben Sheldon and Danny Bloom possibly lining up, there will be an added incentive for the Norstar boys to complete a league double, and with odds of 20-1 on Peters hitting the winner, I'm sure there will be one or two willing to have a punt of that.
Venue – John Lyons School, Ref – John Feenstra
JC star man: Ben Sheldon (Norstar)
DC Prediction: Norstar 2 Raiders 1