A&C Ladies need miracle after loss in Sonning thriller
ground on leaders Reading 2nds, while Saturday’s victors Sonning are just a point adrift with a game in hand.
With their two rivals set to clash on the final day of the season, Brown fears their hopes have all but gone, so it is tempting to shift the focus to the Vase where they were beaten finalists 12 months ago.
“With only one team promoted we have probably left ourselves too much to do,” reflected Brown.
“It is not mathematically impossible for us to win it but it looks unlikely. Reading’s game with Sonning on the last day looks like the title decider now.
“So going one better in the Vase than last year is the primary focus now, but having said that we don’t want to take our foot off the pedal for the last four games because we don’t want to think the league has gone, only to find the other results went our way after all.”
Freya Courtaux’s latest short corner goal got A&C off to a perfect start, but thereafter it was a struggle and they looked down and out at 3-1 behind with barely more than a quarter of the game to play.
Cathy Hollies’ goal revived hopes before Courtaux struck once more to level matters, but instead of going on to the win required, Brown and co ended with nothing as Sonning had the last laugh.
No such problems for A&C’s men’s 1sts who have all but mathematically clinched promotion in the wake of their 5-0 trouncing of Wycombe 2nds.
A Geoff Brown hat-trick and one apiece for James Easter and Alex Sweet means there are 15 points between themselves and third place Ramgarhia with just five games left and, given their vastly superior goal difference, they are all but up.
They can take another huge step towards the title on Saturday when they travel to fourth place Witney 1sts.