Japanese Non-league Football News

Kyushu League
The second half of the Kyushu League season kicked off with another weekend double-header of fixtures in Kagoshima - the most significant outcome being that it looks like the remainder of the campaign will be a thrilling three-horse race for the title. Top of the pile at present are New Wave Kitakyushu, who seem to have solved their early season goalscoring worries and knocked in a total of eleven without reply in games against Nanakuma Tombies and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Nagasaki.

The ex-JFLers of Honda Lock are second but crucially have a game in hand, having only played on Sunday - a 5-0 defeat of Kumamoto Teachers - while in third are pre-season favourites V Varen Nagasaki. The highlight of their weekend was a 10-0 crushing of Okinawans Kaiho Bank SC that featured a hat-trick from former Rosso Kumamoto forward Keisuke Shuto.

Nippon Steel Oita and locals Volca Kagoshima both managed a pair of wins apiece but are almost certainly too far off the pace to play a part in the fight for the championship, while Okinawa Kariyushi remain in mid-table after a disappointing defeat to Osumi NIFS United on Saturday. Mitsubishi Nagasaki continue to slip down the table although they have enough points in the bag to stay clear of the real strugglers - Nanakuma, Kaiho Bank and Kumamoto Teachers.

17 Jun 07 - Kumamoto Teachers in white battle it out with Honda Lock

Kumamoto Teachers in white battle it out with Honda Lock

Sat 16 Jun: Kaiho Bank SC 1-4 Nippon Steel Oita
Sat 16 Jun: Kumamoto Teachers 1-3 V Varen Nagasaki
Sat 16 Jun: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Nagasaki 1-6 Volca Kagoshima
Sat 16 Jun: Nanakuma Tombies 0-7 New Wave Kitakyushu
Sat 16 Jun: Osumi NIFS United 2-1 Okinawa Kariyushi

Sun 17 Jun: Honda Lock 5-0 Kumamoto Teachers
Sun 17 Jun: New Wave Kitakyushu 4-0 Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Nagasaki
Sun 17 Jun: Nippon Steel Oita 2-0 Nanakuma Tombies
Sun 17 Jun: V Varen Nagasaki 10-0 Kaiho Bank SC
Sun 17 Jun: Volca Kagoshima 3-0 Osumi NIFS United

1. New Wave Kitakyushu 31 (+36)
2. Honda Lock 30 (+36)
3. V Varen Nagasaki 29 (+44)
4. Nippon Steel Oita 26 (+13)
5. Volca Kagoshima 21 (-4)
6. Okinawa Kariyushi 18 (+5)
7. Osumi NIFS United 13 (-9)
8. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Nagasaki 12 (-17)
9. Kumamoto Teachers 6 (-24)
10. Kaiho Bank SC 6 (-50)
11. Nanakuma Tombies 3 (-46)

16 Jun 07 - Yuya Yamada, scorer for Volca Kagoshima in both their weekend games

Yuya Yamada, scorer for Volca Kagoshima in both their weekend games

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