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Division leaders can maintain their grip on the table summits

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: December 22, 2012

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WITH the majority of teams competing in the Charities Cup last weekend, there was only one league match in all six divisions of the Cheltenham League sponsored by Bristol Street Motors Cheltenham Ford.

The Division One game saw Northway travel to local rivals Tewkesbury Town.

With both teams starting the day on nine points, Northway's 2-0 victory saw them move three points clear.

With the final league games taking place before the Christmas and New Year break this weekend, five of the six current league leaders are assured of topping their respective tables as we enter 2013.

In Division Two however, leaders Gala Wilton Reserves can be caught by second placed R.S.G. although the superior goal difference that Wilton have should see them hold on, even if they lose.

Wilton face Kevin Taylor's Churchdown Panthers who will be hoping to rediscover their early season form.

Sitting fourth in the table, seven points off top, Panthers will look to take maximum points if they are to retain a hope of taking the title.

R.S.G. host Southside at their Welch Road ground.

Southside have not hit top form yet this season, however a victory on penalties over Shurdington Rovers last weekend in the cup, following a 3-3 draw, will have done their confidence no harm.

Captain Rob Curry will be hoping his team can build on the victory and kick start their league campaign as they enter the new year.

The biggest game this weekend is in Division Three, where FC Lakeside host Village Real at King George the Fifth playing fields in St Marks.

Lakeside top the division with a perfect record after winning all ten of their league games to date.

Since joining the Cheltenham League in the 2009/10 season, Lakeside have an enviable record after moving up through the divisions.

Having won 72 of the league games they have played, the team have only tasted defeat on four occasions.

Village Real joined the league last season and achieved promotion from Division Four courtesy of a third placed finish.

Following a stuttering start, they have won all of their matches since a 4-0 defeat to W.M.K on September 10.

Real will be looking to end Lakeside's 100 per cent record and close the gap on the leaders to three points, especially boasting a squad that features former Cheltenham Town players Shane Duff, Damian Spencer and John Finegan.

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