The Weekend Ahead – Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th May 2016

The First Team have their penultimate fixture of the season, whilst it’s a big weekend for some of the youth sides.

Town welcome Dorchester FC to Tucker Park on Saturday afternoon, hoping to complete their only NBFL Division 1 double of the season, kick off 2.30pm. The two sides have faced a struggle this season, with Dorchester registering just a single point all season and Town not much better with six. The reverse fixture in December saw Town register one of their two victories, winning 3-1 on the road through two Dan Oyston strikes and a third from Rich Evans. Town’s performances have improved over recent weeks, despite two very close 2-1 defeats and the squad should be bolstered by the return of a number of players for this fixture. The two sides are guaranteed the bottom two positions in the table, however with two clubs leaving the league through the season, relegation may not happen….

Moving onto Saturday morning and the three Development sides are all in action. The training sessions have seen a healthy increase of numbers over the season, so the long term future looks promising. The under 8’s travel to Hanney United for a 10.30am kick off, the under 9’s are at home to Quarry Rovers, kick off to be confirmed. And finally, the under 10’s travel to Barton for a 10.30am kick off.

Sunday will see three sides hoping to confirm promotion or league title’s, which is terrific news for the club.

The under 13’s gained promotion to the A League last weekend, which the boys should be very proud of and not something achieved by a FTFC side for many years. This Sunday morning, Ben Small and the lads are at home to St Edmunds, kick off at Tucker Park is 10.30am. Town are level on points with Abingdon Youth and if they remain level after the final whistle, a play off may be necessary, with goal difference not recorded on the league table.

The under 15’s are also challenging for the title in the C League and know three points on Sunday at home to Crowmarsh Youth Tigers at 10.30am, will almost guarantee the title, with the fate of their postponed fixture with Summertown Stars still to be decided by the league. Carl Allum and his players have played positive football all season and the club hope promotion and a league title can be confirmed this weekend.

Town under 16’s are just three points away from securing promotion to the A League, when they face bottom side Freeland FC at Tucker Park on Sunday afternoon, kick off 2.00pm. The side are level on points with Highfield Colts, however they have a plus 8 goal difference than Colts, who face fourth placed Abingdon Youth, also on Sunday. The 16’s only joined the club this season and proved they are not far away from stepping up to senior football.

The under 17’s are in a final day shootout, winner takes all fixture at Tucker Park on Sunday afternoon, when Barton United are the visitors for this 2.00pm kick off. The sides sit level on points in 3rd & 4th positions on 23 points, however Town have a superior goal difference of four goals. When the two sides met in the regular season, the November fixture saw a goal fest at Barton, Town losing 6-4. Town have matched the sides in the promotion places, so can be confident of grabbing the necessary result.