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Tokai League Division 1
It's seven wins from seven now for Shizuoka FC at the top of the Tokai League Division 1, as the Kazu Miura-sponsored side squeezed past Honda Suzuka on Sunday. This keeps the favourites five points in front of neighbours Yazaki Valente, who also managed a narrow victory over bottom side Kasugai Club. The team most likely to give Yazaki any problems in qualifying as runners-up for the end-of-season promotion Play-offs for a JFL spot is yet another team from Shizuoka prefecture - Fujieda City Hall are clear in third position following their defeat of Maruyasu Industries, while in the other fixture of the round the students of Chukyo University beat the deliverymen of Sagawa Kyubin Chukyo.

Sun 08 Jul: Chukyo University 4-0 Sagawa Kyubin Chukyo
Sun 08 Jul: Fujieda City Hall 3-1 Maruyasu Industries
Sun 08 Jul: Honda Suzuka 1-2 Shizuoka FC
Sun 08 Jul: Kasugai Club 1-2 Yazaki Valente

1. Shizuoka FC 21 (+22)
2. Yazaki Valente 16 (+10)
3. Fujieda City Hall 13 (+2)
4. Honda Suzuka 10 (-7)
5. Chukyo University 9 (-2)
6. Maruyasu Industries 7 (-4)
7. Sagawa Kyubin Chukyo 4 (-8)
8. Kasugai Club 1 (-11)
Tohoku League Division 1
Pre-season favourites Grulla Morioka continue to run away with the Tohoku League Division 1 crown for 2007, Sunday's comfortable 4-0 victory at Nippon Steel Kamaishi being their ninth win of the season. Grulla are therefore nine points ahead of their closest challengers, NEC Tokin, who weren't in action this weekend - but FC Primeiro nevertheless failed to make up any real ground on the top two by picking up only a draw at home to relegation-threatened Sendai Nakata Club. And in the other match, Furukawa Battery continued their recent run of poor results with a 3-1 defeat at home to Morioka Zebra.

09 Jul 07 - Morioka Zebra get the better of yellow-shirted Furukawa Battery

Morioka Zebra get the better of yellow-shirted Furukawa Battery

Sun 08 Jul: FC Primeiro 2-2 Sendai Nakata Club
Sun 08 Jul: Furukawa Battery 1-3 Morioka Zebra
Sun 08 Jul: Nippon Steel Kamaishi 0-4 Grulla Morioka

1. Grulla Morioka 27 (+32)
2. NEC Tokin 18 (+21)
3. FC Primeiro 13 (+4)
4. Wiese Shiogama 10 (+1)
5. Morioka Zebra 10 (-12)
6. Furukawa Battery 10 (-14)
7. Sendai Nakata Club 4 (-11)
8. Nippon Steel Kamaishi 4 (-21)
Tohoku League Division 2 (South)
There can be no doubt whatsoever as to where the action was in Division 2 (South) of the Tohoku League on Sunday. Promotion hopefuls and local rivals FC Perada Fukushima and Viancone Fukushima clashed for the final time this year and after a draw right at the start of the season, it was clear before kick-off that a decisive result for either side would affect the title race in a potentially decisive manner. And visitors Viancone struck the vital blow by picking up a 2-1 win that sees them occupy second place now only on goal difference with a game in hand.

Continuing their excellent year in third are 2006 Fukushima Prefectural League winners Soma SC, 3-0 winners over poor old Kureha, who have yet to pick up a single point. In the other two fixtures of the round, Marysol Matsushima and Sendai neighbours Shichigahama SC both managed comfortable victories, against Nakaniida SC and Kanai Club respectively.

Sun 08 Jul: FC Perada Fukushima 1-2 Viancone Fukushima
Sun 08 Jul: Nakaniida SC 0-4 Marysol Matsushima
Sun 08 Jul: Shichigahama SC 5-1 Kanai Club
Sun 08 Jul: Soma SC 3-0 Kureha

1. FC Perada Fukushima 19 (+39)
2. Viancone Fukushima 19 (+26)
3. Soma SC 16 (+11)
4. Marysol Matsushima 11 (+4)
5. Shichigahama SC 6 (-3)
6. Kanai Club 6 (-36)
7. Nakaniida SC 4 (-13)
8. Kureha 0 (-28)
Tohoku League Division 2 (North)
After one or two disappointing results earlier on in the season, reigning title holders FC Akita Cambiare have reasserted their authority in Division 2 (North) of the Tohoku League in no uncertain terms. On Sunday they thrashed promoted side and Akita neighbours Saruta Industry 7-1, which enabled Cambiare to open up a six point gap over a Tono Club side who could only draw at Fuji Club 2003. Comfortable in third are Mizusawa Club, 3-0 winners over Vanraure Hachinohe, while bottom team Omiya Club won for the first time this year to close in on Hokuto Bank in the relegation battle.

08 Jul 07: Fuji Club 2003 1-1 Tono Club
08 Jul 07: Omiya Club 2-1 Hokuto Bank
08 Jul 07: Saruta Industry 1-7 FC Akita Cambiare
08 Jul 07: Vanraure Hachinohe 0-3 Mizusawa Club

1. FC Akita Cambiare 22 (+26)
2. Tono Club 19 (+6)
3. Mizusawa Club 14 (+6)
4. Fuji Club 2003 9 (+1)
5. Vanraure Hachinohe 9 (-4)
6. Saruta Industry 6 (-7)
7. Hokuto Bank 3 (-13)
8. Omiya Club 5 (-15)
Shikoku League
In somewhat forlorn fashion, Nangoku Kochi closed the gap on front pair Kamatamare Sanuki and Tokushima Vortis Amateur in the only Shikoku League fixture of the weekend, courtesy of a 2-1 victory over Ehime's Ventana AC.

09 Jul 07 - Goalmouth action from Nangoku Kochi’s defeat of Ventana AC

Goalmouth action from Nangoku Kochi’s defeat of Ventana AC

Sun 08 Jul: Nangoku Kochi 2-1 Ventana AC

1. Kamatamare Sanuki 28 (+45)
2. Tokushima Vortis Amateur 28 (+44)
3. Nangoku Kochi 24 (+19)
4. Sanyo Electric Tokushima 15 (-7)
5. Ehime Shimanami 10 (-17)
6. Ventana AC 10 (-23)
7. Tokushima Comprille SC 3 (-26)
8. Sanwa Club 3 (-35)
Kyushu League
All three main contenders for the Kyushu League title were convincing winners in their Sunday matches, New Wave Kitakyushu holding on to a narrow lead thanks to their 3-0 win over mid-table side Okinawa Kariyushi. But if New Wave were previously unaware of the challengers right behind them, they will surely know now - Honda Lock and V Varen Nagasaki both demonstrated the strength of their firepower in 8-1 victories against Nanakuma Tombies and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Nagasaki respectively. Nippon Steel Oita remain just a little off the pace in fourth after they beat Osumi NIFS United, but the other significant match of the round was in Okinawa, where Kaiho Bank SC did their chances of avoiding relegation the power of good by beating Kumamoto Teachers.

09 Jul 07 - Honda Lock dish out a pasting to Nanakuma Tombies

Honda Lock dish out a pasting to Nanakuma Tombies

Sun 08 Jul: Honda Lock 8-1 Nanakuma Tombies
Sun 08 Jul: Kaiho Bank SC 1-0 Kumamoto Teachers
Sun 08 Jul: New Wave Kitakyushu 3-0 Okinawa Kariyushi
Sun 08 Jul: Nippon Steel Oita 4-1 Osumi NIFS United
Sun 08 Jul: V Varen Nagasaki 8-1 Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Nagasaki

1. New Wave Kitakyushu 37 (+40)
2. Honda Lock 36 (+45)
3. V Varen Nagasaki 35 (+52)
4. Nippon Steel Oita 31 (+16)
5. Volca Kagoshima 24 (+1)
6. Okinawa Kariyushi 18 (-3)
7. Osumi NIFS United 13 (-13)
8. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Nagasaki 13 (-24)
9. Kaiho Bank SC 9 (-51)
10. Kumamoto Teachers 6 (-25)
11. Nanakuma Tombies 3 (-54)
Kansai League Division 2
Champions-elect of the Kansai League Division 2 Hannan University notched up double figures for the second consecutive weekend on Saturday, an 11-1 thrashing of Kihoku Football Group following on from their 10-1 triumph over Hermano Osaka in the previous round. This puts the Osaka-based students four points clear with only two matches to go, only Takada FC having any chance of denying them of the automatic promotion place. But Takada could only draw against Hermano, who are fighting hard against the drop - their nearest rivals, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Kobe, also drew 3-3 with Kohga School. Kyoto Shiko Club meanwhile went third on goal difference by beating Riseisha FC.

Sun 07 Jul: Hannan University 11-1 Kihoku Football Group
Sun 07 Jul: Hermano Osaka 3-3 Takada FC
Sun 07 Jul: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Kobe 3-3 Kohga School
Sun 07 Jul: Riseisha FC 1-2 Kyoto Shiko Club

1. Hannan University 30 (+44)
2. Takada FC 26 (+17)
3. Kyoto Shiko Club 17 (+9)
4. Kohga School 17 (+1)
5. Riseisha FC 16 (-4)
6. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Kobe 15 (-7)
7. Hermano Osaka 11 (-15)
8. Kihoku Football Group 0 (-35)
Kansai League Division 1
With two rounds of the season to go, the battle for the Kansai League Division 1 crown seems certain to go down to the final game of the year between frontrunners and champions Banditonce Kobe and second-placed FC Mi-o Biwako Kusatsu. Banditonce stay two points in front following their 6-1 thrashing of Sanyo Electric Sumoto, while FC Mi-o's potentially vital goal difference was barely improved by beating Kobe FC 1970 2-1. It's now impossible for Ain Food to steal the runners-up spot after they lost at FC Kyoto 1993, while AS Laranja Kyoto claimed a 3-1 win over relegated FC Glaspo Kashiwara in the other fixture.

Sat 07 Jul: AS Laranja Kyoto 3-1 FC Glaspo Kashiwara
Sat 07 Jul: FC Kyoto 1993 2-1 Ain Food
Sat 07 Jul: Kobe FC 1970 1-2 FC Mi-o Biwako Kusatsu
Sat 07 Jul: Sanyo Electric Sumoto 1-6 Banditonce Kobe

1. Banditonce Kobe 33 (+42)
2. FC Mi-o Biwako Kusatsu 31 (+39)
3. Ain Food 23 (+1)
4. AS Laranja Kyoto 18 (-12)
5. FC Kyoto 1993 15 (-3)
6. Kobe FC 1970 10 (-13)
7. Sanyo Electric Sumoto 9 (-27)
8. FC Glaspo Kashiwara 2 (-27)
Hokushinetsu League Division 2
The top two teams in Division 2 of the Hokushinetsu League both stumbled in their next-to-last match of the season on Sunday. Granscena Niigata could have made sure of the title and the single automatic promotion spot with a win at lowly Teihens FC - who were on a losing streak of five games - but were held to a goalless draw. And Saurcos Fukui remain in the play-off position after losing their third successive match at improving Maruoka Phoenix.

Going into the last round of matches in two weeks' time, Saurcos are under pressure from Ohara School JaSRA, 2-1 winners over relegated Toyama Shinjo Club. Neither can FC Antelope Shiojiri be completed discounted, although their 3-1 home defeat by CUPS Niigata makes it very difficult for the Nagano side to steal second place.

09 Jul 07 - Sigh. This photo is evidently the best that Granscena Niigata and Teihens can do

Sigh. This is evidently the best that Granscena and Teihens can do

Sun 08 Jul: FC Antelope Shiojiri 1-3 CUPS Niigata
Sun 08 Jul: Maruoka Phoenix 2-0 Saurcos Fukui
Sun 08 Jul: Ohara School JaSRA 2-1 Toyama Shinjo Club
Sun 08 Jul: Teihens FC 0-0 Granscena Niigata

1. Granscena Niigata 28 (+17)
2. Saurcos Fukui 25 (+11)
3. Ohara School JaSRA 23 (+7)
4. FC Antelope Shiojiri 22 (+5)
5. CUPS Niigata 20 (+3)
6. Maruoka Phoenix 15 (+4)
7. Teihens FC 12 (-12)
8. Toyama Shinjo Club 4 (-35)
Hokkaido League
Continuing their dominance of their Regional league are Norbritz Hokkaido, whose 8-1 thrashing of Blackpecker Hakodate completed their eighth win from eight fixtures. The nearest challengers are still Sapporo Winds, 7-1 winners over Hokushukai, the team that came up with them from the Block Leagues but who are having a much tougher time competing at the higher level. Indeed, Hokushukai stay off the bottom only because Sapporo FC's miserable year goes on, their latest defeat coming at the hands of Toyota Motors Hokkaido. Tokachifairsky Genesis are also struggling and their 3-0 loss to Barefoot Hokkaido keeps them involved in the relegation dogfight.

09 Jul 07 - Tokachifairsky line up after their defeat by Barefoot

Tokachifairsky line up after their defeat by Barefoot

Sun 08 Jul: Blackpecker Hakodate 1-8 Norbritz Hokkaido
Sun 08 Jul: Sapporo FC 1-3 Toyota Motors Hokkaido
Sun 08 Jul: Sapporo Winds 7-1 Hokushukai
Sun 08 Jul: Tokachifairsky Genesis 0-3 Barefoot Hokkaido

1. Norbritz Hokkaido 24 (+33)
2. Sapporo Winds 19 (+15)
3. Toyota Motors Hokkaido 13 (-2)
4. Barefoot Hokkaido 12 (-6)
5. Blackpecker Hakodate 8 (-2)
6. Tokachifairsky Genesis 7 (-9)
7. Hokushukai 5 (-18)
8. Sapporo FC 4 (-13)
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