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Tokai League Division 2 - Rounds 4 & 5
Two rounds of fixtures to report on in Division 2 of the Tokai League, where four teams are competing for the two promotion places. Honda Suzuka's 100% record finally went in round 5 with a draw at home to Konica Minolta Toyokawa. They are followed most closely by Kasugai Club, whose home record continues to stand them in good stead having just avoided relegation in 2005. Nagoya Club, themselves relegated from Division 1 at the end of last season, are well-positioned in fourth with a game in hand following a 7-3 hammering of Fuyo Club, while the two clubs newly-promoted from the Prefectural Leagues - Morishin's FC and FC Kawasaki - now comprise the bottom two and are looking in danger of dropping straight back down again.

04 Jun 06 - Morishin's grab an injury time consolation against Mind House

Morishin's grab an injury time consolation against Mind House

Sun 28 May: FC Kawasaki 0-1 Fuyo Club
Sun 28 May: Kasugai Club 2-1 Konica Minolta Toyokawa
Sun 28 May: Mind House TC 0-1 Honda Suzuka

Sun 04 Jun: Honda Suzuka 1-1 Konica Minolta Toyokawa
Sun 04 Jun: Kasugai Club 4-1 FC Kawasaki
Sun 04 Jun: Morishin's FC 2-4 Mind House TC
Sun 04 Jun: Nagoya Club 7-3 Fuyo Club

1 Honda Suzuka 13 (+4)
2 Kasugai Club 12 (+8)
3 Konica Minolta Toyokawa 10 (+3)
4 Nagoya Club 9 (+3)
5 Mind House TC 4 (-1)
6 Fuyo Club 4 (-7)
7 Morishin's FC 3 (-3)
8 FC Kawasaki 0 (-7)

Shikoku League - Round 7
A potentially momentous result at the top of the SHikoku League on Sunday, as previously unbeaten leaders Kamatamare Sanuki let slip an early advantage to lose 2-1 at home to their closest challengers, Ehime Shimanami. This closes the gap between the two to just two points, given that Nangoku Kochi's match with Sanyo Electric Tokushima was postponed. Elsewhere, Alex SC are to their credit now unbeaten in four matches after a draw with local rivals Tokushima Vortis Amateur, but Ventana AC have given themselves more of a chance of avoiding relegation thanks to a 4-0 win over bottom side Sanwa Club.

04 Jun 06 - Ehime Shimanami put the Kamatamare Sanuki defence under pressure

Ehime Shimanami put the Kamatamare Sanuki defence under pressure

Sun 04 Jun: Kamatamare Sanuki 1-2 Ehime Shimanami
Sun 04 Jun: Tokushima Vortis Amateur 2-2 Alex SC
Sun 04 Jun: Ventana AC 4-0 Sanwa Club

1 Kamatamare Sanuki 18 (+15)
2 Ehime Shimanami 16 (+11)
3 Nangoku Kochi 13 (+11)
4 Sanyo Electric Tokushima 10 (-)
5 Alex SC 8 (-2)
6 Tokushima Vortis Amateur 6 (-6)
7 Ventana AC 4 (-16)
8 Sanwa Club 1 (-13)

04 Jun 06 - The relegation battle between Ventana (blue) and Sanwa

The relegation battle between Ventana (blue) and Sanwa
Hokkaido League - Round 5
A vital win in the top-of-the-table clash of the Hokkaido League on Sunday gave champions Norbritz Hokkaido a four-point lead over their nearest rivals Blackpecker Hakodate and Sapporo Football Group. Norbritz came away from Blackpecker with a 2-0 victory and must now be hot favourites to retain their title, as no other team seems capable this year of mounting a strong enough individual challenge to their superiority. Thanks FC's inconsistency was underlined as they went down to an ACSC Asahikawa side picking up their first win of the season, while Tokachi Fairsky seem to be finding it tough to cope with the demands of football at this level following promotion from the local Block Leagues.

04 Jun 06 - Another great Hokkaido League photo, as Thank FC take on ACSC

Another great Hokkaido League photo, as Thank FC take on ACSC

Sun 04 Jun: Barefoot Hokkaido 1-2 Sapporo Football Group
Sun 04 Jun: Blackpecker Hakodate 0-2 Norbritz Hokkaido
Sun 04 Jun: Tokachi Fairsky 2-3 Toyota Motors Hokkaido
Sun 04 Jun: Thank FC 1-3 ACSC Asahikawa

1 Norbritz Hokkaido 13 (+15)
2 Sapporo Football Group 9 (+4)
3 Blackpecker Hakodate 9 (+1)
4 Toyota Motors Hokkaido 8 (-)
5 Thank FC 7 (+3)
6 Barefoot Hokkaido 5 (-1)
7 ACSC Asahikawa 3 (-10)
8 Tokachi Fairsky 3 (-12)
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