Growing pack chase leaders ’Town

THOMASTOWN United A still lead the way in the top flight, but the chasing pack has grown.

THOMASTOWN United A still lead the way in the top flight, but the chasing pack has grown.

Evergreen A’s win over Bridge United A on Sunday means the Kells Road club has become the third side to hit the 12-point mark. They have joined Freebooters A and Lions A on that total. The Lions could have gone one better and shared top spot with Thomastown, but their last game of 2012 against Evergreen B was called off after heavy rain on Saturday night and early Sunday morning.

Freebooters A also hit the dozen point mark after getting a walkover from Freebooters B. The result did little to boost the B team’s hopes of avoiding the drop - they are still bottom of the table and have given two walkovers in their last three games.

Bridge’s loss means that the gap between them and Clover United A at the other end of the table remains at three points. The Rathdowney men have four points to their name, one more than Fort Rangers. They will be hoping to increase the distance when they take on the Wallslough side in the only Premier game on the schedule next weekend.

Division One

It’s as you were in Division One as the top two sides were left kicking their heels. Leaders Southend United were due to play AC Kilkenny A at the Water Barracks, but rain forced the postponement of the game.

East End United A missed the chance to join Southend on top when Stoneyford United held them to a 0-0 draw. Sharing the spoils meant East End moved into third place while their point saw Stoney draw level with Callan on eight points apiece at the other end. Bottom-placed Highview Athletic A will be hoping that 2013 will be kinder to them after they lost 3-0 away to Newpark. The Graig club slumped to their seventh loss of the campaign as Ray Meagher (2) and Ger Wall were on target for Newpark. That result saw Mark Ryan’s men win their fourth game in a row, moving them to within three points of Southend with two games in hand.

Spa United got the better of the North Kilkenny duel with Urlingford, beating their local rivals 3-0 to also move on to 13 points. Both are among the six teams still in with a shout for the title in this the closest division of the league.

Division Two

Freshford Town kept the heat on long-time leaders Tullaroan thanks to a five-star performance on Sunday. Freshford beat Thomastown United B 5-2 to move to within two points of Tullaroan, albeit having played three games more.

Newpark B and Lions B was the only other game to survive the weather in Division Two. Richie Shortall made it a good weekend for the city side as his goal helped them beat the Durrow men 1-0 and into third place, three points behind Freshford with four games in hand.

Division Three

It was a quiet weekend in Division Three as the match between Highview Athletic B and Orchard Rovers was hit by weather. The only other action saw Bridge United B earn a walkover after St John’s B pulled out of the competition. Bridge now have 10 wins to their name and 30 points this term, eight clear of second-placed St Anne’s who, in turn, are 10 points ahead of East End United B in third.