Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Waiting Game

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Waiting Game

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Byline: Anthony Vickers

Town's title hopes ride on final results

TABLE-TOPPING Billingham Town face an anxious wait to see if their title rivals can overhaul them on the final afternoon tomorrow.

Town do not play; they finished their fixtures with a gritty 1-0 midweek win at fourth placed Consett that took them two points clear and in a fantastic position to win their first ever Northern League championship.

Town are on 92 points but both second placed Sunderland Nissan, on 90, and third placed Whitley Bay, on 89 and with a better goal difference, can pip them if they win their final games on what is sure to be a nerve-shredding day.

"It will be tense," admitted Town boss Michael 'Chopper' Watson. "But we have done our bit and all we can do now is sit back and wait.

"The players have done everything I asked of them in this last few weeks. We have won six games in a row and put ourselves in a position where we have a fantastic chance on the last day.

"We were magnificent on Wednesday at Consett. We rode our luck a bit and Darren Collier made a few good saves but we kept working and when James Magowan got the goal it was well deserved.

"I was proud of them and I was proud of the fans. A lot of the fans made the trip and made it a night to remember with all the noise and colour. They have been with us every step of the way this season.

"We have our presentation night in the club on Saturday and I hope we can be celebrating winning the title.

"But if we don't then I will still be delighted with what we have done this season, the progress we have made and the standards we have set ourselves and lived up to.

"We have had our pressure game and won it, now it is their turn. The others can still catch us and that is out of our hands now but if either of them beat 92 points they deserve it. …

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