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February 22, 2013
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New Green set to book South Central semi-final spot
Richard Bryan, Star Writer

Devon Hodges of Rivoli. - Ricardo Makyn

All four of the semi-final spots in the South Central Confed Super League could be sewn up when the penultimate round is played this weekend.

Defending champions New Green seem set to claim one of those spots, needing only a draw in a big clash with Royal Lakes at Brooks Park on Sunday. The Manchester team is pretty on top of the standings with 18 points, a healthy goal difference of plus 10, with two matches remaining, and have the luxury of being able to afford a loss providing the third-place team, Royal Lakes, draw any of their two games.

However, following their 1-0 win over Frazsier's Whip on Sunday, New Green's coach, Andre Swaby, says he no intentions to let up on Sunday, as he needs momentum to take him into the semi-finals, which looks likely to be against either Rivoli or Appleton.

" We're not even thinking of a point at this stage. The semi-finals are around the corner and only we can take ourselves from it," Swaby told Star Sports.

Last year's beaten finalists, Rivoli, also need a draw in their away parish derby with Bodles. Rivoli are on 14 points and their opponents on eight. However, a slip up now may not even cost them dearly, as even though Bodles have a game in hand, Rivoli have the best goal difference in the league. Another St Catherine team, Newland, have a slim chance to slip in, after defeating unbeaten Appleton 2-1 at Naggo Head on Wednesday. Newland are on 11 points, but can get to 14 points with a game in hand against Kendal, the weakest team in the league.

Appleton, 11 points, and a game in hand, however, looks favoured to advance from the lot as they will host Kendal tomorrow.

Frazsier's Whip are also fancied to make the semi-final cut in their first year at this level, with victory against Four Paths at Prison Oval. Four Paths, despite pushing them to a 0-0 draw in the first round, are not in contention, and may simply be playing for pride. On 16 points and second to New Green, Frazsiers Whip may not even need to win, given the scenarios facing Royal Lakes, 24 hours later at Brooks Park.

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