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Plenty still at stake on final day

Plenty still at stake on final day

By Dave King
14 September
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There's still plenty to play for on the final day of the Leicestershire & Rutland League season

Despite Rothley Park having already sewn up the Premier League crown some weeks ago there's still plenty to play for going in to the final round of matches today.

Barrow Town sit in second place but only have a seven point advantage over us ahead of their home game against mid-table Leicester Ivanhoe.

A defeat for Barrow and a win for us at Barkby will see us finish as runners up.

At the foot of the table the race to beat the drop couldn't be more intense as five sides are in the mix to join Barkby in Division One next term.

Lutterworth occupy the final relegation spot going in to the final round of games and they have the toughest game on paper as they face a tough assignment away at Rothley Park.

Should Lutterworth upset the form book then Syston, who travel to another side in the relegation mix in fourth bottom Kegworth while Kibworth, who aren't used to being talked about as being in the relegation mix, are the last side who can mathematically go down - they face the side just below them, Cropston at Waterfield Road.

Dave Torr has named his strongest side available as he looks to lead his side to the runners up spot.

Down in Division Two our Seconds are in the promotion mix but are very much the outsiders thanks to how the fixtures have fallen as second placed Ashby host third placed Loughborough Town Seconds.

Micky Riddle's men face already relegated Countesthorpe at Mill Lane and will be looking to sign off with their twelfth win of the season. Ruddle has named the strongest side possible for the game.

The relegation places have long since been resolved in Division Two with Broomleys and Countesthorpe plying their trades in Division Three next season

Lastly, the Thirds have an away trip to Stoke Golding to contend with as they look to arrest an alarming slide of four straight defeats which has seen them slip out of the promotion picture in Division Five West.

James Preston gives a Third XI debut to young leg spinner Josh Cundy and seam bowler Albert Blay while Jake Bowley will make his final appearance for the club before moving down to Exeter.

Good luck to everyone taking the field today - enjoy your day.

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