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JFL - Round 30 (Sunday)
With four games remaining in the 2006 JFL season, Honda FC have one hand firmly on the championship crown. Their 4-1 win on Sunday over lowly Ryutsu Keizai University puts the Hamamatsu side six points ahead of Sagawa Kyubin Tokyo in second place - thanks in part to yet another goal from in-form striker Junya Nitta, his eighteenth of the year. There was disaster, though, for Rosso Kumamoto, desperately needing a win over Yokogawa Musashino in order to haul themselves back into contention, but instead they needed a late Yasuhiro Kamata goal to give them even a point in a 2-2 draw.

And so Rosso are now trailing Sagawa Tokyo by five points, although potentially they may be yet more aware of the dangers lurking just a single point behind them. For YKK AP breezed to a 3-0 win over Mitsubishi Mizushima and seem determined the finish the campaign on as strong a note as possible, having been the frontrunners earlier in the year but let things slip over the summer. Tochigi SC's 2006, on the other hand, is in danger of petering out to a distinctly drab conclusion, as exemplified by their goalless draw at home to FC Kariya. Given that the club are aiming for the J-League in 2008, to finish in their current poisition of eighth will scarcely be considered satisfactory.

Things also finished honours even between Sony Sendai and Sagawa Printing , but the other fixture of the day saw struggling FC Ryukyu pick up a vital win at JEF Club. This enabled Okinawa's finest to overtake RKU and so move away from the possibility of a relegation play-off that faces the sides finishing in the bottom two.

12 Nov 06 - The ballet of the beautiful game. Tochigi against FC Kariya

The ballet of the beautiful game. Tochigi against FC Kariya

Sun 12 Nov: Honda FC 4-1 Ryutsu Keizai University
Sun 12 Nov: JEF Club 0-1 FC Ryukyu
Sun 12 Nov: Rosso Kumamoto 2-2 Yokogawa Musashino
Sun 12 Nov: Sony Sendai 1-1 Sagawa Printing
Sun 12 Nov: Tochigi SC 0-0 FC Kariya
Sun 12 Nov: YKK AP 3-0 Mitsubishi Mizushima

1 Honda FC 71 (+34)
2 Sagawa Kyubin Tokyo 65 (+44)
3 Sagawa Kyubin Osaka 60 (+32)
4 Rosso Kumamoto 60 (+25)
5 YKK AP 59 (+33)
6 Yokogawa Musashino 51 (+16)
7 Alo's Hokuriku 50 (+22)
8 Tochigi SC 47 (+11)
9 Sony Sendai 37 (-11)
10 JEF Club 32 (-13)
11 FC Kariya 31 (-14)
12 SC Tottori 29 (-1)
13 Sagawa Printing 29 (-22)
14 Arte Takasaki 29 (-29)
15 FC Ryukyu 27 (-18)
16 Ryutsu Keizai University 25 (-23)
17 Mitsubishi Mizushima 24 (-39)
18 Honda Lock 18 (-45)

12 Nov 06 - Hiroki Kishida, YKK star striker

Hiroki Kishida, YKK star striker

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