Thursday, May 04, 2006

'Head down with the Robins...

The Conference South regular season ended at the weekend. Weymouth, who barring a potential points deduction for fielding a player without international clearance had already won the title, made sure of it - deduction or not - with a 2-0 win over 10-man Lewes at the Wessex Stadium.

The only other issue of note was which team would join Maidenhead United in being relegated - Hayes or Carshalton Athletic. Both teams started the day level on points, with Hayes just ahead on goal difference, and - tantalisingly - both were playing each other's fierce rivals; Hayes faced the Carshalton-hating Sutton United, while Carshalton took on fellow Middlesex side Yeading. That of course threw up the possibility of both Sutton AND Yeading trying to lose to send their cousins from down the road into the division below - a fact Sutton fan Taz revels in in his report on their match with Hayes (warning: may contain nutcases! ;-)).

Carshalton - known as the Robins - raced in to a two-goal lead against the Ding at half-time, while Hayes were holding Sutton, results that would keep Carshalton up. However, Hayes took the lead just after the break and things got worse for Carshalton when Yeading staged a comeback in the last 20 minutes to level at 2-2. Then, on the sort of day when you wish the twists and turns were being covered live on Five Live, Sutton equalised to give their local rivals hope. However that was dashed when first Carshalton failed to win against Yeading - and their relegation was confirmed when Hayes grabbed a last minute winner against Sutton and sent Church Road into complete pandermonium.

Well done Hayes, and commiserations Carshalton. Maybe see you soon.


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