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Henley Athletic boss keen to avoid final-day title showdown with Crane Sports

Henley Athletic joint-manager Sean Brown

Henley Athletic joint-manager Sean Brown

Henley Athletic joint-manager Sean Brown hopes his side can wrap up their first-ever Senior Division championship win, before hosting title rivals Crane Sports on the final day of the season.

Henley lead the table by five points and will secure the championship tomorrow if they win at Capel Plough and second-placed Achilles fail to beat Grundisburgh at home.

The top-two have three games left to play but if Henley lose, that could also open the door for Cranes who, with a game in hand, are 11 points behind the leaders.

Cranes will be out of the running if they fail to beat Bramford United, at home, and Brown hopes the title will be Henley’s by the time they host the defending champions on May 6.

“A lot of people will be looking to the game at Henley on May 6 hoping to see a final-day classic,” said Brown.

“I’d prefer to have won the league by then and we want to win at Capel and put ourselves in a position to try and win the title at home to Bramford.

“With all due respect to Grundisburgh, we expect Achilles to win on Saturday and to seal the title against Bramford at home would be a fairytale, as they stopped us winning promotion to the Senior Division a few years ago.

“It would stop the title going down to the wire, but there is an awful long way to go yet.”

Brown’s men have won each of their last 17 games, but he added: “We are determined but we are not getting carried away.

“We know we are in a fantastic position, the players are very focused and the likes of Danny George and Ross White have been done it before with Cranes.

“We’ve three very tough games left and Archie (Arnold, Capel manager) won’t be rolling out the red carpet for us.”

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