KEVIN Mirallas and Christian Benteke may be a mini Belgian injury crisis for FC Testiculadew, but the club still moved one step closer to a second Kenna double in three campaigns this week with an assured display.
On his way to the physio’s bench winger Mirallas notched two goals to put the side managed by the founder of tactical Brambling both in the Canesten Combi Cup final and extend their lead over Piedmonte to 36 points.
Hopes of snatching the title at the final fence look even more remote for the Piedmonte manager even though his side put in another solid week led again by Jason Puncheon. If only he’d kept Samir Nasri – the Frenchman picked up a goal and an assist to help Bala Rinas into fourth place.
With just four weeks left of the season and relegation all but rubber stamped for the bottom three clubs, the race for the Wenger Trophy is shaping up to take centre stage in the league’s remaining narrative.
Just 30 points separate the five clubs floating around the final prize spot, and the cast are varied: Sporting Lesbian are defending champions, Team Panda Rules OK debutants and the other three managers are league committee members yet to find silverware in the quagmire of political intrigue at Kenna HQ.
Another subplot is the miraculous cup run of Northern Monkeys. The manager voiced concerns over the ability of Samuel Eto’o and Fabio Borini back in February, but the pair earned the Monkeys a place in the final at the expense of a toothless St Reatham FC.
It seems unlikely the Monkeys’ luck will continue into the pageantry of that May afternoon. With David Silva possibly out injured for the rest of the season, the midfield consists of Antonio Valencia, Stewart Downing and forfeit player Stuart Hazell.
No amount of cash in the attic could buy a goal for that lot.
Road to the Canesten Combi Cup final
|1||Sporting Lesbian||Ben M||60||5|
|2||KS West Green||Stix||48||2|
|4||FC Testiculadew||James N||41||2|
|5||Team Panda Rules OK||George||41||1|
|7||St. Reatham FC||Mike||35||0|
|8||Lokomotiv Leeds||Ben S||34||2|
|9||Just put Carles||Carles||30||2|
|15||PSV Mornington||El Pons||25||0|
|16||Headless Chickens||John N||23||1|
|17||Judean Peoples Front||Sholto||20||1|
|18||Rapids De Cullons CF||Jorge||17||0|
|21||Still Don’t Know Yet||Pete||16||0|
|22||Dulwich Red Sox||Luke||14||0|
|23||This is Sparta…Prague||Rich||13||1|
|Player of the week||24||Podolski, L – ARS – STR|