This week sees a huge week in the EKPL and could be the week that decides the destination of the 2013/14 title.
In the game of the week, the Hustlers travel to play Club 72 knowing that a win will keep them top of the table with just three fixtures to play. Stevie Kelly's team will be focused knowing that the Entertainers slip up two weeks ago against the Hunters has opened the door to them winning their first title in 3 years, but they will have a tough task against fourth placed Club 72. Despite being five points ahead of the Diamonds at this late stage in the season, Club 72 have not yet secured fourth place. With the Diamonds having a week off, the 72 boys will be looking to wrap things up with an upset over the Hustlers.
The Entertainers will be kicking themselves after their last fixture ended in defeat against a spirited Hunters side, however all is not lost in the title race just yet as they sit level with the Hustlers on points. They are 16 frames worse off however, which makes a large victory in this weeks fixture against second bottom Shooters of the utmost importance. With the Hustlers playing the Club, the Entertainers will be looking to make inroads into the frame difference deficit to set up a nail biting end to the season.
A defeat against the Hustlers in their last fixture essentially ended the Murray's title challenge, as they now site a point adrift having played one game more. Never ones to give up however, the Murray boys will be looking to win their reaming three fixtures to put maximum pressure on the contenders above, starting with the Ospreys.
The Greenhills may be feeling the heat from the Hunters who are now just three points behind their sixth spot after last week. The 'hills face a tricky away tie against John Burn's Cuesters side who are in a five way dog fight in the bottom half of the table.
The Hunters face a similar task as they take on Langlands in a local derby. Chris Main's team shocked the EKPL last week defeating the Entertainers, just as they had last year at this stage when they upset the Hustlers. They have gotten themselves in a good position in the fight for sixth now, however last weeks effort will be for naught if they don't gain maximum points in this one.
The Tower and Top Guns will battle it out with both teams desperately needing a win in their respective quests. Last time round, this fixture ended in a stalemate, and there's much to suggest this could end the same.
The Aces are currently leading the way in the scrap for 9th over the other four teams, and a big win over the Baptists to improve their frame difference could be worth an extra point come the season.
Full fixtures as follows:
Club 72 - Hustlers
Cuesters - Greenhills
Greenhills Shooters - Entertainers
Hunters - Langlands
Murray - Ospreys
Tower - Top Guns
Whitehills Aces - The Baptists