WHITBY Fishermen’s Society are well placed to secure back-to-back promotions despite playing just five league matches since this season began.
Fishermen look set to be locked in a three-way battle for promotion in the Scarborough and District Saturday League division two with Seamer, who are looking to return to the top flight after a couple of seasons out, and Flixton.
Fishermen have a massive seven games in hand on table toppers Seamer due to involvement in cup competitions, but the Scarborough side are flying high after recording 11 wins from their 12 league encounters to date.
Seamer look odds on to achieve promotion back to division one, while Flixton will probably be relying on Fishermen’s heavy fixture schedule in the New Year as they will need the Whitby outfit to slip up.
Hoping to avoid dropping out of the top tier are Fishburn Park Reserves who are currently hovering just above the relegation zone into division two.
Other local sides hoping they can produce promotion-clinching form are Whitby RFC and Sleights who are placed mid-table in the third division, although both would need to improve their form to dislodge the present top two.
In the Sunday League, Fylingdales could be in with a chance of challenging for promotion if they can replicate their impressive home form when they take to the road.
However, although they, Seamer and itis-itis have still got plenty to play for, third place looks likely to be the best any of these sides can hope for.
Whitby Wanderers are going steady in division three but are some 11 points off promotion and will need an unbelievable run in 2012 to give the top teams a serious run for their money.
In the Eskvale and Cleveland League, Duncan Marson is having a great season for Lealholm and his good all-round work ethic is driving his side on.
Staithes Athletic have had a highs and lows season so far, with good results against top teams in the league then defeats against teams placed lower than themselves in the league.
A draw in the league and a cup win against Lingdale FC should have kicked started their season but the loss of players and work commitments has not allowed consistent team selection.
Richie Ward continues to mastermind the Staithes side, be it from the touch line or when he selects himself to play.
Goldsborough, by their own standards, have had a disappointing season and would have not expected to be languishing in the lower reaches of the league table. A shock exit in the Scarborough Junior Cup set a low point for the Lythe-based team who will be looking for improved results in 2012.
Hinderwell and Brotton RA. look like the two teams that will fight out the wooden spoon position.
Hinderwell have found it very competitive back in the league after missing a couple of seasons. Brotton properly feel they should not be on the bottom rung with the players they have in the squad, but when confidence is low and the rub of the decisions do not go your way, winning results are difficult to find.