After four action-packed weekends of thrilling action, it all comes down to the fifth and final weekend. With all of West Bromwich Albion, Aspire PFC and Northern Thunder all very much in the race to secure league silverware, we can be sure to expect one of the most exciting ends to a national league season ever. At the root of the table Leeds Chariots, Middlesbrough PFC, Sale Utd and Sevenoaks PFC will all battle to maintain their precious Premiership status.

In the race for that prestigious Golden Boot award, only three goals separate Jon Bolding (19), Jack Maxwell (17),  Ed Common (16), Marcus Harrison(16) and Sam Smith (16), so be sure to keep tabs on each of them across the weekend.

Middlesbrough PFC looked revitalised after the extended winter break and impressed across the whole of weekend four in the MDUK Premiership. Tyler Reeve and Lee Armstrong have formed a very well drilled defensive partnership; one of the main contributing factors to their success. Despite suffering back-to-back defeats to Aspire and Brighton, visible improvements were evident throughout the side. A brilliant team effort in their third fixture saw Middlesbrough record their first win of a season, beating Sale Utd 3-1. Middlesbrough looked assured throughout their matchup with Nottingham and will be delighted with the point gained from a very tactical 0-0 draw. Bitterly unlucky in their final fixture saw Sevenoaks come from behind to win 2-1 late on. The side have leapfrogged Leeds in the standings and sit three points behind Sale Utd. The success from March’s fixtures is sure to spur the Teesside club on in respective fixtures this weekend. The side open with a tough fixture against title challengers Northern Thunder before fixtures with WBA Throstles, Leeds Chariots and St George’s Knights.

In week four Aspire PFC set out with the clear objective of closing the gap on close rivals West Brom and Northern Thunder, and that they did. Five wins from five saw the Watford-based side close the gap to just one point on the league leaders. None of Leeds, Middlesbrough or Sale could halt the side’s title charge on the first day of action, with Villa Rockets and St George’s Knights failing the next. Jordan Williams was back, firing on all cylinders, after some time out and Charlie Kitcher looked like a man on a mission to end his Powerchair career with that coveted Premiership trophy. The chance of League silverware lays very much in Aspire’s hands now. A five fixture weekend kick-starts against Brighton, followed by Northern Thunder and Nottingham, Sunday sees Aspire play both WBA Throstles and West Bromwich Albion. A final fixture you will not want to miss!

Sevenoaks PFC failed to break down a stubborn St George’s Knights defence in week fours opening fixture. Both sides seemed to cancel out each other’s attacks in a game of two halves, 0-0 it finished. In their second game against Villa Rockets, Sevenoaks were unfortunate to be reduced to three men early on and a goal in each half saw Villa replicate their 2-0 score line from sides first fixture this season. Despite some positive play from the Oaks in Sunday’s early morning fixture against Northern Thunder, the title challengers secured an assured 4-0 win. A massive fourth and final fixture for Sevenoaks fell against a rejuvenated Middlesbrough side. Action packed from the first whistle, both teams went looking for the crucial three points. Boro drew first blood late in the first half when some slack defending from Sevenoaks saw Tyler Reeve unmarked at the back post to put the challengers in front. In the second half Myles Miller slotted home a fantastic timed finish from the left wing to level the tie and a last minute penalty from Kyle Alexander secured all three points. This weekend the side will want to put any lingering doubts of relegation well and truly to bed. The side play Leeds Chariots, WBA Throstles, Sale Utd and Nottingham.

St George’s Knights have continued to climb the table week-on-week in the MDUK Premiership and weekend four was no exception. Seven points from a possible twelve saw the side fantastically leapfrog Villa Rockets in the Premiership standings to fourth. An opening stalemate with Sevenoaks didn’t halter St George’s in following fixtures. A single Lucas Christer goal ensured the win against Leeds Chariots (1-0) and a Dylan Kelsall double ensured three points against Brighton & Hove Albion (2-0). A second half Harry Sommerfield goal unfortunately wasn’t enough to turn around two first half goals from Aspire, sealing their only defeat of the weekend (2-1). Some challenging this weekend see St George’s open against Nottingham before tough consecutive fixtures against West Bromwich Albion and Northern Thunder. 

WBA Throstles brilliantly secured three wins from their four fixtures played in week four of the MDUK Premiership. Bradley Addison and Luca Wickens both netted in consecutive 4-1 wins over Sale and Nottingham on Saturday to mark an impressive days action. The Throstles were quickly penned back in their tough fixture against local rivals and league leaders WBA on Sunday morning, conceding three first half goals. Despite a late rally and Bradley Addison goal, the Throstles lost the tie 4-1. Ending week fours fixtures on a high, the side did superbly against Villa Rockets. A single David Lewis strike was enough to avenge their disappointing cup defeat a few weeks prior. The side remain in sixth but extended their gap over Nottingham to six points. The side are set to play, Middlesbrough, Sevenoaks, Aspire and Brighton in this weekend’s fixtures.

Northern Thunder’s well-drilled defence did well to nullify WBA’s potent attack in an entertaining 0-0 draw back in March’s. Pushing on from there, Thunder put on a show; comprehensively defeating Brighton & Hove Albion PFC 6-0. Ed Common was absolutely fantastic pulling the strings in the middle of the park with Sam Smith, Jack Maxwell and Joe Alecock all netting. A 4-0 win against Sevenoaks on Sunday morning ensured full momentum for their final matchup against Leeds, who they defeated 8-0. Jack Maxwell took has goal tally to 23 in all competitions, a very impressive haul. March’s weekend’s achievements are made more impressive when considering they are without any reinforcements from the bench. Like both West Brom and Aspire, Thunder still have the potential to secure the league this weekend. They will want to get off the mark quickly against Middlesbrough on Saturday morning before the making or breaking of their season in consecutive fixtures against Aspire and West Bromwich Albion.

Brighton & Hove Albion PFC did excellently to match their previous tally of wins (2) in week four alone. A sole Sam Elliot goal ensured all three points against a much-improved Middlesbrough side in their opening game and a single Lewis Hammans strike ensured the sides victory over Leeds PFC. The Seagulls failed to replicate a similar level of performance against Northern Thunder to what they did earlier in the season, the side will want to swiftly forget about a 6-0 defeat to the title challengers. The side were unfortunate in their matchup with St George’s Knights, losing the tie 2-0. Massive congratulations to Lewis Hammans on hitting a landmark 150th club goal. Brighton will want to ensure a similar level of performance this weekend in to avoid getting dragged into that relegation play-off place (10th). A tough weekend sees the Seagulls play Aspire, West Brom and Sale on Saturday and Villa Rockets and WBA Throstles on Sunday.

As expected it was an incredibly tough week four for Leeds Chariots PFC who dropped to the root of the Premiership table after suffering five consecutive defeats. A difficult fixture against league leaders WBA is not an ideal way to start the weekend, 9-0 that finished. A much-improved performance against St George’s Knights in their second game of the day, again, proved fruitless in a frustrating 1-0 defeat. Despite a nice Kizzy Wade finish, the Yorkshire-based team lost 4-1 to Aspire in their final game on Saturday. It was a brilliant team effort overall against Brighton on Sunday morning, but the side were undone by a set piece that picked out Lewis Hammans at the back post to score the only goal of the game. Leeds will want to forget a disappointing 8-0 loss to Northern Thunder in their final game. Despite dropping to the bottom of the league, Leeds Chariots play the three teams above them (Sevenoaks, Sale Utd and Middlesbrough) in the Premiership’s final weekend. Can they defy the odds?

West Bromwich Albion PFC have seemed to deliver the goods week on week in the Premiership this season. The league leaders came flying out the traps in week four; a Matt Francis hattrick being a highlight in the sides comprehensive 9-0 victory over Leeds Chariots on Saturday morning. Second up, what was touted as ‘fixture of the weekend’ saw West Brom go head to head with Northern Thunder for their first league meeting of the season. Waves of constant pressure from the Champions didn’t seem to faze Thunder and the sides played out a very entertaining 0-0 draw. The side was back to winning ways on Sunday, registering brilliant wins against WBA Throstles (4-1) and a one sided 4-0 win over Sale Utd. With their lead at the summit reduced to just a single point, the exciting title race will come down to the fifth and final round of fixtures this weekend. WBA play both Aspire and Northern Thunder this weekend. Where’s your money? 

Villa Rockets will be disappointed with their failure to build on their opening 2-0 win over Sevenoaks in week four. A Daniel Kay penalty and Amir Ali strike saw the side register an early three points in their pursuit of a higher league placement but were halted in the tracks in following games. Consecutive defeats to Nottingham (1-0), Aspire (5-1) and WBA Throstles (1-0) saw the side drop to fifth in the league. All eyes will be firmly focused on this weekend’s national league fixtures. Villa Rockets have a great chance to finish the season strongly with games against Sale Utd, Leeds Chariots and Brighton & Hove Albion.

Sale Utd PFC saw the gap to league safety extended from a single point to four in week fours action. As it currently stands, the side would be set for a Premiership safety play-off with the Championships third placed team, currently Norwich City. An opening 4-1 defeat to WBA Throstles was identical to that of the sides earlier league meeting. An-inform Aspire side inflicted their second defeat of the day (3-0). Of all fixtures played, Sale will be most frustrated with their defeat to closely matched rivals Middlesbrough on Saturday afternoon where three first half goals essentially sealed the sides third defeat of the day. On Sunday the side was bitterly unlucky in their matchup with Nottingham PFC. Samuel Taylor broke the tense deadlock in a game that looked set to give Greater-Manchester side all three points, but Nottingham did well to create some space and Sam Langley levelled the tie late on. A final game against West Brom was always going to be a tough ask, especially considering the sides five fixture weekend. A Matthew Gilbert brace and goals each from Marcus Harrison and Luke Kelly secured a 4-0 WBA win. The side play Villa Rockets and Brighton on Saturday and Sevenoaks and Leeds Chariots on Sunday.

Despite a frustrating defeat to WBA Throstles in their first match of weekend four, Nottingham PFC faired extremely well in following fixtures. The side should be happy with their haul of points. A single Adam Langley strike ensured a fantastic 1-0 win, and league double over Villa Rockets on Saturday afternoon. A tactical game between Nottingham and Middlesbrough played out; A few Sahil Zaffer chances at the back post could have seen Nottingham secure the win, but Boro’s close-knit defensive pair, Reeve and Armstrong, ensured it remained goalless. The side had to rally late in their matchup against Sale where a late Sam Langley strike rescued a point (1-1). Safe from relegation, the side will have every intention of ending the season on a high in this weekend’s fixtures. A challenging weekend ahead; the side face St George’s Knights and Aspire on Saturday and West Bromwich Albion and Sevenoaks on Sunday.

 

Current League Table

POS

 TEAM

P

W

D

L

GD

PTS

1

West Bromwich Albion

17

15

1

1

59

46

2

Aspire PFC

17

14

3

0

35

45

3

Northern Thunder

17

12

5

0

50

41

4

St George's Knights

18

9

4

5

5

31

5

Villa Rockets

18

9

2

7

0

29

6

WBA Throstles

18

8

2

8

-8

26

7

Nottingham PFC

18

5

5

8

-9

20

8

Brighton & Hove Albion PFC

17

4

6

7

-9

18

9

Sevenoaks PFC

18

4

3

11

-23

15

10

Sale Utd PFC

18

2

5

11

-28

11

11

Middlesbrough PFC

18

1

5

12

-23

8

12

Leeds Chariots PFC

18

2

1

15

-49

7

 

Current League Goals

POS

 PLAYER

TEAM

GOALS

1

Jon Bolding

Aspire PFC

19

2

Jack Maxwell

Northern Thunder

17

3

Edward Common

Northern Thunder

16

4

Marcus Harrison

West Bromwich Albion

16

5

Sam Smith

Northern Thunder

16

6

Bradley Bates

West Bromwich Albion

13

7

Matthew Gilbert

West Bromwich Albion

13

8

Daniel Kay

Villa Rockets

10

9

Luke Kelly

West Bromwich Albion

9

10

Ugis Rozins

St George’s Knights

8

11

Amir Ali

Villa Rockets

8

12

Matthew Francis

West Bromwich Albion

8

by Ryan Sipple

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