KNTFL | Fifth spot on the line

GET your calculators out, footy fans.

It’s the last minor round of the KNT season and fifth spot is still very much on the line.

Keith are the incumbent but they have a bye this weekend, leaving their fate in the hands of the injury-ravaged Kaniva/Leeor United.

Hot on Keith’s heels is Bordertown, just .17 per cent behind the Crows.

With Bordertown hosting K/L United, the all-important equation is this: a 12-point win will be enough for Bordertown to scrape into the five at the expense of Keith.

It’s a fall from grace for the Cougars who just weeks ago looked to be a good bet for top two.

Their drop off culminated in an upset loss to Lucindale last weekend, which could prove costly in more ways than one.

Star James Turner (hamstring) is in doubt after sustaining the injury during the loss to the Roos while captain Jono Hicks is out with a lower leg injury.

The Cougars are safe in the finals but appear to be limping towards the line.

Bordertown have had their own struggles this year under new coach Adrian Hayes but will be desperate to put that behind them this weekend to earn at least one more week.

Expect a big crowd at Bordertown for this game with maybe a few undercover Crows posing as Kaniva folk.

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The weekend’s other games aren’t likely to shape too much.

Mundulla travel down to Naracoorte and are a good bet to win.

This would lock up third spot for the Moots unless they have a record-breaking win to have their percentage boosted by around nine or 10 per cent depending on the result of the top of the table clash between Penola vs Padthaway.

A loss for the Moots and a win to the Cougars would see the two sides switch places.

The Lions have top spot sewn up and a bye in the first round of the finals while it's looking like Penola will have second place.

Either way their clash is the match of the round and should be an excellent display of country football.

Naracoorte could jump ahead of Lucindale into seventh with a win if Lucindale lose to Kybybolite, but that is unlikely.

Lucindale could consign Kyby to the wooden spoon with a win but the kitchen utensil is still up for grabs.

Three teams sit on two wins - Kyby, Border Districts and Kingston.

Kyby’s percentage is the worse of the three so they need a win to get off the bottom.

This would relegate the loser of the Border Districts vs Kingston match-up at Frances to the spoon.

Kyby avoiding the spoon would be a top effort from Scott Lawrie’s men given their horror start to the year and ongoing battle with injuries.

Borders will be looking to repay the favour after a close loss to Kingston in round 13 to finish off their season on a high in front of their home crowd.

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