Tonight sees two massive games effecting both the title race and the teams battling for fourth spot. In the first, league leaders the Entertainers will take on Club 72 who are five points clear in fourth. Both teams will be gunning hard for a win which could see them all but seal their respective spots if results elsewhere are kind. The Entertainers fought to a draw last week against rivals Murray, however they will be disappointed to have not gotten over the line at 7-5 up which would have afforded them some breathing room in the title race. Instead, they'll be under pressure in this one to gain the three points. The Club come into this match in a rich vein of form, undefeated in seven, and will be looking to put in another top performance to give them confidence ahead of the cup tie next week which again sees the teams compete.
In the second match, the Hustlers face a local derby match against Marty Thom's fifth placed Diamonds. The draw between the Entertainers and Murray last week will have galvanised Stevie Kelly's team, knowing that they are now just three points behind the leaders and right back in the title race. With a much better frame difference, the Hustlers could return to the top of the table with a win coupled with a 'tainers loss. The Diamonds will have other ideas however, and will know that this is a big chance to turn the heat up on the Club if they can pull off a win. They've been rather up and down in recent weeks however, and they'll know they'll have to be at their best if they are to take anything from this one.
The Murray will be reeling from last week's disappointment against the Entertainers, having led 5-4 at one point in the match. They will have took some comfort in the fight back which saw them claim a draw, however they now find themselves a point off the lead having played a match more. They will be favourites tonight against the Langlands, however with Davie Bonners team improving every week, the Murray will definitely have their hands full.
With six games to go, the Baptists visit the Shooters in a match which may decide who avoids the wooden spoon. The Shooters are six points ahead currently, and you have to imagine that if the Baptists can't gain their first win in this one, it just won't happen at all for them this season.
The Hunters take on Greenhills in what should be a tough battle for both teams. Chris Main's side have shot up the table in recent weeks and are now gunning for sixth place. The 'hills meanwhile have been on a slide, winning just once since mid February, and have let their lead slip leaving both teams sitting level on 33 points. With games running out fast, this one is a real six pointer.
Elsewhere, the Cuesters face the Aces, and the Ospreys take a trip to the Tower. With just four points separating the four sides, these will are must win matches for all involved to ensure they maximize their finishing place come June.
Full fixtures as follows:
Club 72 - Entertainers
Cuesters - Whitehills Aces
Greenhills Diamonds - Hustlers
Greenhills Shooters - The Baptists
Hunters - Greenhills
Murray - Langlands
Tower - Ospreys