City denied in final clash
Rockingham City hosted Forrestfield United in a first versus second clash for the season-deciding final game of the year.
Forrestfield took a one-point lead into the game but were not going to sit back.
Played before a crowd of nearly 800 at Lark Hill, the game did not take long to get into the action.
Paul Larvin challenged the Forrestfield keeper in the first minute only to come off second best, but sent the message that Rockingham were up for the game.
Forrestfield were given a chance from a defensive mistake and Jordan Hart took advantage to round Cyril Sharrock and take a 1-0 lead inside the first 15 minutes.
They almost doubled their lead, but a superb save from Sharrock kept it at one.
Rockingham then dictated play, but the Forrestfield defence were strong to deny any opportunities.
Alex Grayson had a shot saved and Roy Hissey hit the post just before half time.
Rockingham knew they needed two goals for the league win and started brightly when Ryan Haslett used his pace down the wing for his cross to be saved.
Chances became fewer as the game wore on, with Christian Hogge and Hissey denied.
In the 55th minute, Sharrock was sent off for a foul judged to be worthy of a red card, and Rockingham had a big hill to climb.
Even with 10 men, Rockingham still had the ball but were unable to find the net. Forrestfield held on to take the State League division 2 title, making Rockingham runnersup for two years in a row.
The result means Rockingham will host Morley Windmills on Tuesday at 7.30pm at Lark Hill for a two-leg play-off to gain promotion to division 1.
Rockingham reserves went down to early goals with a 4-1 scoreline. The under-18s were also in the hunt for the league title and were spoiled 3-1 in the earlier game.
Rockingham’s Alex Greyson, right, had a shot saved just before half time.