It’s another full Sunday of England Korfball League action as the attention switches to the league’s poorest performers.
Game number 4 sees Croydon travel to Aylesford to take on bottom of the table Bearsted in a game that could well decide who is in the most danger of relegation to the Regional Leagues. The stats make harsh reading; neither team has picked up a point from their seven games so far this season. Each of them have a goal difference of under -100; in contrast, eighth place Norwich Knights are on -3. A draw will mean nothing to either of them, with Norwich and KV both six points clear.
If Bearsted are going to move from the foot of the table, they’ll need to call upon the goal scoring skills of John Haggart. He may only be the EKL’s 14th highest point scorer, but his 17 goals from open play and a further four extras are the team’s only saving grace. Anna Jeanes is Croydon’s go-to gatherer of points, but lags behind on 12.
Earlier in the day, Aylesford School – Sports College will be host to a completely different contest as Kingfisher and Nomads try and bridge the gap to league leaders Trojans. Both are five points adrift but Kingfisher have a game in hand and much superior goal difference. Over at the Trinity Sports Club, two other teams on ten points, Bec and Nottingham, will be doing their best to gain an advantage. Nottingham have won their last five meetings, including last season’s 18-8 win in the playoffs, as well as boasting the highest average female scorer, Hannah Lorimer.
Trojans, kicking off the day’s play against Norwich, have a much simpler task. Having dropped just one point so far this season, there won’t be many betting on an upset here. The Knights have lost four out of their last 5 showdowns with Trojans and will have to contend with top scorer Sytze Bijker, currently on 44 goals.
The final match of the day will be between KV and Tornadoes. In what seems to be the first Premier League meeting between the sides (correct me if I’m wrong), both teams will be aiming to pull away from the relegation zone and towards the all-important top four.