Caley 2 North is proving to be the most competitive league in the area with both promotion and relegation issues yet to be resolved going into the final month of the season, writes Jack Nixon.
Garioch still have an outside chance of winning the league, given the stuttering form of leaders Deeside who should, nevertheless, manage to fall over the line in a run-in with games to come against Ellon at the Meadows on April 2, a trip to Lochaber and finally a home game in which they host Shetland at Banchory.
Maximum points from two of these games would close the door on Garioch who has only games at Moray and Aberdeen Wanderers to come.
At the other end of the table, four sides, including Ellon, are battling to avoid relegation. The others are Stornoway, Lochaber and Shetland.
Stornoway’s defeat at home to Ross Sutherland will have come as a relief to the Meadows men, though the losing bonus point they picked after the 23-17 reverse, keeps them three points above Ellon, albeit having played a game more.
Ellon’s home game with Shetland on Saturday means only a win will suffice for the basement side who then have Deeside at home before they a re-arranged game against Lochaber.