Southampton FC: On the verge of fulfilling every club’s dream scenario

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Credit: Southampton Women

On 14 April, the Saints faced Keynsham Town, who currently sit 13th in the FA Southern Premier Division.

Southampton had two games to play in hand over their title rivals, Ipswich Town, with chance of promotion into the Championship next season.

The Saints won the game 9-1 and have now possibly set themselves up for one of the biggest daydream scenarios:—winning the league against your fiercest rivals: Portsmouth.  

To add to the drama, St. Marys will host the game. This makes it a mouth-watering, not-to-be missed game if you are a Saints fan.

Yet, one obstacle stands in the way of Southampton.

FA Southern Premier Division league table.
Southern Premier Division after Southampton’s 9-1 win vs. Keynsham Town.

Plymouth Argyle

For all of this dream scenario to happen, the Saints will have to win against Plymouth Argyle at home on Sunday.

Argyle currently face relegation and sit 11th in the Division. Despite this, Argyle could be the potential spoilers if they come away with a win or draw.

With not much to separate the Pirates and other relegation candidates — Cardiff City and Milton Keynes Dons — it is all to play for with only two points from safety.

However, Argyle will be in safe hands knowing that they have more games over their other rivals they are:

  • 24 April at home vs. Hounslow (currently 14th in the division)
  • 28 April at home vs. Bridgewater United (currently 4th in the Division)
  • 1 May away vs. London Bees (currently 8th in the division)

Fan Engagement

Southampton urges fans to come out in numbers to the game, hoping for a similar atmosphere to the club’s win against Bristol City from an Ella Morris’ 91st minute strike in their FA Cup run. That cup run eventually ended at the hands of Ipswich Town.

Ella Morris scoring the winner v Bristol City in the FA Cup earlier this season at St.Mary’s

On top of this, fans have been urged to send their message of support to manager Marieanne Spacey-Cole and the team in the matchday programme.

Click here to send your message of support.

Though the game will be one to watch, it has not been picked up by The FA Player for broadcasts.

Should the Saints beat Portsmouth, they would be crown champions and then face a playoff headed to Edgeley Park home of Stockport County for a winner-takes-it-all promotion to the Championship against Wolverhampton Wanderers on 21 May.

Added suprises

But this isn’t just an added surprise. The Saint’s Foundation are forming a guard of honour from participants from the Premier League Changemakers project.

Click here to learn more about the Saints Foundation Changemakers project.

Though the game will be one to watch it has not been picked up by the FA Player for broadcasts.

Should the Saint’s beat Portsmouth they would be crowned champions and then face a playoff headed to Edgeley Park home of Stockport County for a winner-takes-it-all promotion to the Championship against Wolverhampton Wanderers on 21 May.

Portsmouth

Pompey will be looking to spoil the party after losing to their closest rivals twice already this season.

The blue side of the south coast these sides share are currently seventh in the division and will be hoping to avoid another defeat to their red rivals.

Their schedule over the next three games is perhaps one of the toughest in the league:

  • Sunday, 17 April away vs. Bridgewater United (fourth in the division)
  • Wednesday, 20 April away vs. Southampton
  • Sunday, 1 May home vs. Ipswich Town (second in the division)

The overview

This game will be one to keep an eye on, especially if you live in the area. A chance to clinch a league title against your local rivals doesn’t come along very often.

With the history of the games being a closely fought contest this season then it will be another game for fans not only of the men’s team to see what makes the women’s team so special.

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