The log leaders were beaten in their own backyard 2-0 by an improving Blaauwberg side which have become the “giant killers”, previously beating Cape Town United.
Only in their 2nd season in the league, after winning promotion, as “Spice 4 Life” 2 years ago and narrowly escaping relegation last year, Blaauwberg United seem to be coming to terms with the hustle and tussle of the SAFA 3rd division. They have recorded some good results of late and it will be interesting to see if the team can continue their performances after the break.
Newbie, FN Rangers coached by ex Santos player Arreshaat Daniels and Mark Matthews, have so far lived up to expectation after the Maitland side won promotion last season. The team has been balanced with youth and experience and with players like former professional Shaun Oliver in the team, the quality of experience is high. FN Rangers occupy 2nd place, 2 points off the pace, going into the break, also scoring the most goals but conceding more than half of the number of goals they’ve scored.
Another team which has been improving their record in the SAB League this season is the Epping based side of Two Oceans Academy. Two Oceans are occupying 3rd spot on the log but have already lost 4 games from their 12 played. The team have recorded some noticeable victories and their biggest loss was against Silver Spurs, losing 5-1. Two Oceans will be aiming for a better log position than last year’s 8th spot.
Bradley August has surely turned things around at HBUFC this season. The team consists only of local players and are having their best season yet. They are currently in 4th spot going into the break, 3 points off the pace but have a game in hand. Their next match will be a tough task against a non performing Junction Rovers (69) team who will want to get their season back on track.
JR69 are languishing in 12th spot but have the ability to record positive results and quickly lift them to a more respectable log position.
With only a 3 point difference in the top 5, the rest of the log is close with any of the teams able to cause a stir in the games to come.
A surprise this season is the results of Bayhill United which has struggled. A team which normally hold their own has become one of the weaker sides this season. Bayhill go into the break in 14th position with 10 points and only managing 2 wins so far. With all the available talent in the area, the team should be able to recover and at least survive this season although, a change is required to see better results.
Everyone has an opinion on what’s happening at Santos. The club is represented and fighting relegation in the NFD, SAB League and local CDFA Premier league, after being relegated from the Super League this year.
The once upon a time pride of Cape Town football has become like a withering leaf falling into the darkness of despair. Relegated 2 seasons ago from the SAB League, the team makes their appearance this year because of Mitchells Plain United being relegated from the 2nd division last year. At the yearend break they find themselves in 15th spot with only 2 wins and 9 losses. Unfortunately the coaching and running affairs come into question as there seems to be a lack of vision in the structures. Hopefully realignment of plans will see a positive change for the club.
We are nearly at the end of the first round and there are 3 teams who need a change of fortunes considering the log position they occupy. Bayhill United, Santos FC and UWC are in the relegation zone with South End close by.
UWC have changed their team of late and the results have improved although still not finding their 2nd win. In their last game this year the students suffered a big loss to Junction Rovers where they were hammered 5-1. Let’s see if they can turn the near losses to victories and possibly exit the drop zone.
Another newcomer and well known outfit to the league is Hanover Park FC who are in the top half of the table.
After winning promotion from Division 1 to Premier division in the CTTLFA, the team purchased the Shockwaves franchise in the SAB League and have given a fair account of themselves. Hanover Park had a rocky start to the season losing 2-0 to Santos in their opening match but quickly bounced back in their next fixture beating South End 4-1. The new year offers a few challenges for the squad as they prepare for the local CTTFA premier league and also consolidate their status in the SAB League. Adequate experience is present though to ensure Hanover Park can achieve both.
Bellstar, Silver Spurs, D&G Orient and Rebels have all been having moderate seasons and are sitting in the mid table region. These sides have massive experience in their squads mixed with capable youth players and we will watch their approach in the new year with interest as any of them have the ability to have a strong run to the finish line.
The league resumes on January 13th when Blaauwberg United host Rebels in Tableview at 7:30pm.
For the full list of opening fixtures visit: http://the4thmoment.co.za/calendar/fixtures-results/