North 1 East League Analysis

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The league table makes strange reading, and despite the stage of the season there is still the probability of much change in the final run in.

Carlisle are currently 11th with 16 pts.  Morpeth are immediately below us on 13 pts, followed by Gateshead on 12 pts and Ilkley on 7 pts.

There are four teams, Darlington, Old Brodleians, Durham City and Percy Park, above us on 17 pts.  Pontefract are on 18 pts and above them come Driffield on 21 pts and Hartlepool Rovers on 22 pts.  Well ahead at the top are Sandal and Billingham on 32 pts.

There is still a lot to play for, and when you consider that Hartlepool Rovers have remained in 3rd place in the league despite three consecutive defeats, starting with out visit to The Friarage, leaving only 6 pts between our current position and that 3rd slot, a lot can still be achieved in what remains of the season.

Carlisle have eight remaining league fixtures, with five of them at home.  The remaining travels are to Morpeth (6th March), Darlington (3rd April) and Sandal (10th April).  Given the recent form of the Warwick Road lads, there is no reason why we should not expect a comfortable return of league points from those trips.

We have the benefit of three consecutive home matches, starting with Old Crossleyans on 13th March, followed by Percy Park and Pontefract.
The last two fixtures are versus Driffield (17th April) and Gateshead (24th April).

Unlikely, but if the two top teams were to lose all their remaining games, it is still mathematically possible to reach the pinnacle of the league, but to do so any one of the nine teams who could that, would have to overhaul huge points differentials!

The important thing though, is to maintain a gap between ourselves and the 12th placed side.