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The eagerly awaited contest with league leaders Thurston attracted a bumper crowd at Carlton Park with an unofficial attendance of 130. Thurston knew a point would see them as league winners whilst we needed a win to secure promotion on the day.

It was clear within the first few minutes that this would be a match of contrasting styles. Thurston are very direct with strong, fast forwards whilst we get the ball down and play a passing game through the thirds.

Having already played two matches in mid week Thurston conserved energy by sitting back and attempting to catch us on the break, and the pattern was set for the first half.

Whilst we had most of the possession and controlled much of the first half, very few clear cut chances were created. In fact Thurston probably had the best chance of the half when their striker broke free onto a long ball, but as he was about to shoot Dale Pearse (sponsored by M&R Cars) managed to put in a fantastic last ditch tackle. Half time 0-0.

Thurston started the second half on the front foot and put us under more pressure. On 55 minutes they had the ball in the net but the goal was chalked off for offside.

We defended well and started to get back into the game. On 65 minutes Joe Moore (sponsored by Xtra Time Sports Developments) saw a fantastic shot tipped over the bar by the keeper.

Ten minutes later Joe had a chance but unfortunately miskicked his shot straight to the keeper.

The match became quite tense as Thurston knew the title was within their grasp and we were looking for that one opportunity to snatch a winner.

On 90 minutes Dale Pearse shot over the bar, and deep into injury time Thurston could have snatched it themselves but missed the target from close range.

The match ended 0-0 with Thurston celebrating the league title. Congratulations to them for a fantastic season, and it was great that they stayed for a beer and complimentary burger after the match.

We, however, will now move onto Tuesday evening and a home match against Coplestonians Reserves (rearranged to Carlton Park as their pitch is not available) in the knowledge that one point is all that is required to secure promotion.


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