Fast work from leaders in quick March to titles

It's not even March – but could the title winners already be known in what is fast becoming an extraordinary Stagecoach Leagues season?

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Auchinleck Talbot boss Tommy Sloan could soon be tasting Super Premier League title glory
Auchinleck Talbot boss Tommy Sloan could soon be tasting Super Premier League title glory

To be sitting top of the table at this time of the year cannot be regarded as a definite yardstick for success, yet it's hard to escape the feeling that it might well be all over bar the shouting in the various title races.

Super Premier leaders Auchinleck Talbot's remorseless winning ways – victory over Glenafton this week will extend an unbeaten run stretching back 13 games – in tandem with shock back-to-back slips from their only viable challengers, Petershill, leaves Bot as West Region champions-elect.

A level below, one cannot help but think that two former Beechwood Park star turns, Derek McCulloch and Kevin Biggart, will soon be breaking out the champagne to celebrate their managerial tenure of Hurlford United given their side leads the Super First Division by eight points with eight games remaining.

Matters are even clearer atop the Ayrshire District League where it's only a matter of time before long-time frontrunners Kilwinning Rangers can secure the mantle of champions.

Slightly tougher to call are the Central District League outcomes, albeit First Division leading lights Greenock remain strongly fancied to stay in the pole position that has been their lot since early in the season.

Hard-working team boss Stevie Mooney is refusing to take anything for granted, though he is willing to admit this Saturday's trip through to face third-placed Lanark United is massive.

He said: "There is a lot of football still to be played and we face a number of difficult games, none moreso than Lanark in their own backyard at a time when they have posted five wins on the spin.

"They are undoubtedly one of the in-form sides and will regard this game as a must-win clash so my players will need to be up for meeting their challenge head-on.

"It's encouraging that we showed a lot of character to score two injury-time goals for a 3-2 victory against Bellshill last weekend, however I would have to say the result was far more pleasing than our performance which left a lot to be desired. "

Possibly the greatest intrigue of all rests with the Second Division stakes which had looked like being a two-horse race between leaders Cambuslang Rangers and Maryhill in second.

However, Johnstone Burgh's five-match unbeaten run has thrust them into the mix and the Keanie Park outfit will be going all out to further their title claims when hosting the Wee Gers on Saturday.


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