Welfare league title race hots up

Highland League football.
Highland League football.

Last week, three teams in the Montrose and District Welfare League, Golf Inn, Hudsons and Fordoun Galaxy, were all in with a shout of winning the title.

Following last week’s matches, Fordoun has dropped out of the running with Golf Inn and Hudsons left to fight it out for the title.

On April 22, Fordoun hit double figures against Hillside who could only raise 10 men to keep themselves in contention. Golf Inn players watched on, hoping Hillside could do them a favour but it was not to be and they left disappointed at half time as Galaxy went on to win 10-1.

Hudsons hosted Fordoun on April 24, and put on an impressive show for those in attendance - including their rivals from the Golf Inn.

Two early goals had the Brechiners in control and that’s how it stayed at half time. When Hudsons added a third and Fordoun’s ‘keeper was ordered off shortly after half time, the game looked over as a contest but Fordoun did pull one back before Hudsons added a fourth to make the final score 4-1.

Hudsons knew their title hopes were in their own hands whilst Fordoun were now relying on favours after only their second league defeat of the season.

On April 27, Hudsons travelled Balwyllo and edged out Northern Vaults in a nine goal thriller with the final score 5-4 to the visitors. Meanwhile Golf Inn hosted Fordoun Galaxy who fought hard but conceded on the stroke of half time before conceding three more in the second half to go down 4-0 and cement a third place finish for the Galaxy.

This Tuesday, as the Brechin Advertiser goes to print, Hudsons host rivals Old Bolag in a Brechin derby knowing only a win will do. Should Hudsons get the three points they need, the title will be decided on Sunday, May 4, when Hudsons travel to Broomfield to face Golf Inn.

A point would be enough for Golf Inn to retain the title whilst Hudsons need all three points to claim back the title they last won in season 2011/12.

The full list of recent league results from the previous week are as follows:-

Bervie 6, St Cyrus 2; Fettercairn 13, @Bar FC 1; Fordoun Galaxy 10, Hillside 1; Fettercairn 8, Marykirk 2; Hudsons 4, Fordoun Galaxy 1; Lochside United 1, Bervie 2; Bervie 2, Fettercairn 8; Golf Inn 4, Fordoun Galaxy 0; Lochside United 11, @Bar FC 1; Northern Vaults 4, Hudsons 5; St Cyrus 3, Hillside 3.

The fixtures for Thursday (May 1) for the Review Cup first round, are as follows:-

Fettercairn v Fordoun Galaxy; Golf Inn v The Old Bolag; Hillside v St Cyrus; Lochside United v Hudsons

The league fixtures for Sunday, May 4, are as follows:-

Hillside v Bervie; Fordoun Galaxy v The Old Bolag; Golf Inn v Hudsons.