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Hokushinetsu League Division 2 - Round 13
Huge changes in the Hokushinetsu League Division 2 to report following a series of shock results in the penultimate round of matches. Leaders and promotion favourites Valiente Toyama could have put one foot in Division 1 if they'd been able to defeat a mid-ranking FC Antelope side but instead were thrashed 5-0; second-placed FC Kanazu were unable to take advantage, however, as they too fell to a shock 2-1 loss against lowly LionPower Komatsu. All of which means that it's now TOP Niigata who head the standings, thanks to their 1-0 win against Toyama Shinjo Club. This has in turn left Shinjo in danger of automatic relegation to the prefectural leagues, as bottom-placed Nissei Resin stayed in touch by beating Maruoka Phoenix in the other match. The final round of games in September sees TOP host Valiente in a genuine title decider.

23 Jul 06 - Valiente Toyama in white lose out to a rampant FC Antelope

Valiente Toyama in white lose out to a rampant FC Antelope

Sun 23 Jul: FC Antelope 5-0 Valiente Toyama
Sun 23 Jul: LionPower Komatsu 2-1 FC Kanazu
Sun 23 Jul: Nissei Resin 3-1 Maruoka Phoenix
Sun 23 Jul: Toyama Shinjo Club 0-1 TOP Niigata

1 TOP Niigata 22 (+6)
2 Valiente Toyama 21 (+3)
3 FC Kanazu 19 (+5)
4 Maruoka Phoenix 19 (+1)
5 FC Antelope 18 (+2)
6 LionPower Komatsu 16 (-13)
7 Toyama Shinjo Club 15 (-8)
8 Nissei Resin 12 (+4)

Hokushinetsu League Division 1 - Round 13
The Hokushinetsu League Division 1 title race for 2006 is realistically now down to only two contenders with a single match remaining, as the top three teams all registered narrow wins on Sunday - meaning that Matsumoto Yamaga Club's brave challenge is over, despite beating neighbours Ueda Gentian 1-0. They are now two points behind front runners Nagano Elsa and just one behind Japan Soccer College, but the leading pair meet in a title decider in September and Matsumoto's far inferior goal difference means that it is virtually impossible for them to take the title, whatever the score between their two rivals. On Sunday, however, Nagano Elsa had probably the toughest game but still overcame Zweigen Kanazawa 2-1, while Japan Soccer College were 2-0 winners over Fervorosa. In the other fixture, relegated Teihens FC capped a terrible year with a 4-3 home defeat to Niigata University of Management - but all attention now is on that final round of matches.

23 Jul 06 - Action from Japan Soccer College’s win over Fervorosa (white)

Action from Japan Soccer College’s win over Fervorosa (white)

Sun 23 Jul: Japan Soccer College 2-0 Fervorosa
Sun 23 Jul: Matsumoto Yamaga Club 1-0 Ueda Gentian
Sun 23 Jul: Nagano Elsa 2-1 Zweigen Kanazawa
Sun 23 Jul: Teihens FC 3-4 Niigata University of Management

1 Nagano Elsa 33 (+44)
2 Japan Soccer College 32 (+32)
3 Matsumoto Yamaga Club 31 (+23)
4 Zweigen Kanazawa 21 (+22)
5 Fervorosa 11 (-10)
6 Niigata University of Management 11 (-32)
7 Ueda Gentian 7 (-29)
8 Teihens FC 2 (-50)

23 Jul 06 - Zweigen Kanazawa put Nagano Elsa under pressure

Zweigen Kanazawa put Nagano Elsa under pressure
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