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    Posted: 06 Mar 2019 at 16:39
With just 5 matches left, Hull need just 7 more points to be Champions and I suspect no one is going to bet against them now !
The play-off place has been keenly contested, but Blaydon, currently lying third, have by far the easiest run-in, playing four of the bottom five, plus Ilkley, who are eighth. They'll no doubt be looking for maximum points from all five games, which will see them finish on 101.
Second-placed Billingham, who have a three-point advantage now, will fancy themselves against Kirkby Lonsdale and Vale of Lune, but Alnwick away is a toughie and a resurgent Lymm away will be no push-over - at least on paper. Then there's Hull...
Harrogate, lying fourth, just a point behind Blaydon, also have Alnwick and Lymm away, but they'll fancy themselves to get maximum points against Ilkley and Sandal at home, if not Hull....
 
 
So, Blaydon for me to finish second and Harrogate to take the bronze medal.
 

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And for the bottom...
 
With Wilmslow already relegated, 2 more points from the 25 on offer will ensure mathematical safety for Ilkley and Rossendale, assuming Kendal and Vale each get a five point win this Saturday....
 
Kirkby and Lymm are respectively 16 and 12 points above Kendal and 19 and 15 above Vale.  Whilst Lymm in particular have a very tough finish, I suspect the gap is now too far to bridge and Kendal and Vale will be joining Wilmslow. 
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Hull have had some tough games ( ruling out bottom 3) especially against your club PS but I can't see any body catching
them.   2nd spot for me is between Billingham and Blaydon. I think both sides will want a crack at Nat 2 North.
Blaydon used to get a good relationship with Falcons for Academy players. I wonder if they still have.

I think bottom 3 are almost decided.
I wonder if we could persuade Willy McLintosh to offer a bonus 50 points to predictors next week to get top 3 correct.

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Think Blaydon might just sneak the second spot.  As for who they'll play, Midlands looks very tight at the top.

It looks very likely the bottom 3 have gone.  On a personal level, I'll miss the trip to Kendal as it has in my view, the best set up on the circuit.  However, with a good wind, a trip next season to Scarborough could be on the cards.
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Originally posted by BuzzKillington BuzzKillington wrote:

Think Blaydon might just sneak the second spot.  As for who they'll play, Midlands looks very tight at the top.

It looks very likely the bottom 3 have gone.  On a personal level, I'll miss the trip to Kendal as it has in my view, the best set up on the circuit.  However, with a good wind, a trip next season to Scarborough could be on the cards.

Morpeth is very nice.Dont know about Carlisle. Could have done with a few more local derby's
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And coming down, perhaps Macclesfield. We played Carlisle when we were in NE1 and they had level-transferred. They're near the football ground.
 
Morpeth, Carlisle and Scarborough would be interesting.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Webbo9999 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 Mar 2019 at 18:29
After watching all three teams I think Billingham
Will clinch the play off spot if the number 8 Dixon
Stays fit .Billingham certainly missed him in the
game at ilkley . Tomorrow’s game against Blaydon
should be interesting I think there could be a shock !
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Blaydon had a good relationship with Falcons, but now Blaydon are well well down in the pecking order for giving Falcon younger up and coming  players a run out.... However,Falcons continue to provide a step up in the game for the home grown Blaydon young players with exceptional ability......Darlington Mowden Park and Tynedale get Falcons players in their squads most weeks
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