Three weeks out from the Orange District Football Association over 35s semi-finals, an arm-wrestle between reigning premiers Gladdy-A-Tahs and competition leaders Barnstoneworth United went down to the wire, with a goal in the closing minutes deciding the clash.
Both teams started well, Barnies had a few early chances with Nigel Hobden and Andy Holmes both unlucky not to score early.
For Gladdies, Tony Slingsby fired but missed just high and right.
After 0-0 scoreline at the break Gladdies came out looking to gain the upper hand.
Adam Gersbach was unlucky not to put them ahead after hitting the crossbar and Matthew Duffy fired a screamer from 20 metres to find the back of the net, but it was disallowed as he was ruled offside.
With time running out, Barnies’ Wes Miller sent in a cross that found Andrew Holmes on the six-metre line. A powerful header soared past keeper Troy Campbell and handed the 1-0 win to the red and whites.
A win or a draw in next week’s local derby against Denley Moor will seal the minor premiership for Barnies.
Denley struggled in Sunday morning’s match against Millthorpe Tigers, going down 3-0 to reverse the Tigers’ patchy form of late.
After starting the match with only seven men, Denley’s defense held on until the final minutes of the first half when Millthorpe striker David Wells turned on a pin to fire a goal past keeper Pat Driver.
With 11 on the field but no subs after the break, the Denley legs started to tire. Millthorpe made the most of a goal-mouth scramble to add to the tally before winger Dave Coles made it three for the Tigers.
There’s just two regular season rounds left to play.