HOPEMAN are the new front runners in the closest Moray welfare football league season in years.
Just one point separates the top three teams going in to the final round of matches.
But Hopeman will be crowned league champs for the first time in their history if they win at FC Fochabers on Sunday.
That would complete a league and cup double with the Cameron Park outfit recently winning the WJ Tewnion Memorial Trophy.
Mike Munro’s side won last weekend’s crucial top-of-the-table match against reigning champions Aberlour Villa.
Hopeman’s 2-0 success drew them level with Villa on points with both teams having one game to play.
However, if they teams finish level on points, head-to-head records come into play and Hopeman’s win over Villa gives them the edge on that front.
An own goal by Aberlour keeper Andrew Ross and a late Simon Inglis goal saw Hopeman to victory on Sunday.
Just one point behind in third place are Burghead United after their 7-2 success away to Rothes.
Burghead could still nick the league title if Hopeman fail to win against Fochabers, and the Brochers manage to defeat Aberlour in their final game on October 8.
Should Hopeman slip-up this week, Aberlour could retain their title by beating Burghead.
Bishopmill Rovers have also clinched the First Division trophy for the teams in the bottom half of the league after the split.
Reports on this week’s games in Friday’s Northern Scot.