A&C Ladies need mir­a­cle af­ter loss in Son­ning thriller

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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.

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