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The league championship will go right to the final day of the season with four teams - Dunstable Town, Rugby Town, Daventry Town and Kettering Town all in the mix.
With a game in hand - at Egham Town on Wednesday night - Daventry Town are in the driving seat despite their 2-0 defeat at Kettering Town, in front of a bumper Latimer Park crowd of 1228, the Poppies scoring twice in the second half through Eliot Sandy and Dubi Ogbonna.
Dunstable Town moved back to the summit, and helped their goal difference, by crushing Bedfordshire neighbours Leighton Town 6-1 at Bell Close, as Lee Roache scored twice, as did Terry Dixon with two late penalties.
The race for 5th spot and the final playoff place will also go to the final day, with both the challengers Slough Town and Barton losing, although Slough only need to match Barton's result to clinch the place despite their 3-1 defeat at former manager Steve Bateman's Aylesbury FC.
At the other end of the table, Ashford Town (Mx) and Chertsey Town's respective relegations were finally confirmed, despite the former drawing 2-2 at home to Egham Town, whilst Chertsey went down to a miserable 4-1 home defeat to 18th placed AFC Hayes who built on Saturday's long awaited win.
Even in losing 4-1 at Uxbridge - ex-Ducks Kieran Knight (2) and Melford Simpson amongst the scorers - third bottom North Greenford United are now safe from relegation, and could yet overtake Leighton Town in the table.
Both Royston Town and Northwood were playoff contenders earlier in the season, but the Crows crashed to a heavy 4-1 defeat at home to St Ives Town, Jon Stead scoring twice for the visitors, whilst Northwood suffered a 2-1 reverse against Potters Bar Town at Northwood Park.
Elsewhere, the South Buckinghamshire derby saw Marlow come from behind, scoring two late goals to win 3-2 at Chalfont St. Peter.
Player unavailabilty and injuries took their toll as depleted Aylesbury were beaten 4-1 at Beaconsfield SYCOB.
The hosts took the lead from the penalty spot on 33 minutes, against the run of play, but an early second half goal doubled SYCOB's lead.
Aylesbury's already thin squad were then struck by injuries to Greg Williams and Paul Edgeworth, meaning Lee Bircham was brought on for his first appearance in over fifteen months since his horrific leg break, playing an unexpected full half hour.
Liam Smyth scored to give Aylesbury hope of a comeback, but two further goals in four minutes from the hosts meant an unhappy end to the the last away match of the season.
The menu for the Presentation Evening at Harding's Restaurant on Friday 9th May has been changed, and is now a choice of hot or cold buffet as detailed below. Cost for attendance is now £12-00 per person.
The menu choices are as follows:
Hot Fork Buffet: Curry and rice, Chilli con carne and rice, Pasta Bolognese, or Lasagne and tossed salad (A vegetarian option is available)
Sandwich Buffet, including Sausage rolls, a selection of Hors D’oeuvres, Chicken Satay and Cocktail Sausages.
Anyone wishing to attend what has been a very successful and enjoyable evening for the past 2 years should book their place with Brian Metcalfe or myself at the game on Monday or next Saturday. Payment will need to be received at the same time, along with your choice from the menu. Alternatively, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your booking.
With midweek results seeing Daventry Town establish themselves at the top of the league, their lead was cut to two points by virtue of a 0-0 home draw with Royston Town, and nearest rivals Dunstable Town winning 3-1 at home against Aylesbury FC.
The Moles had taken a surprise first half lead at Creasey Park through top scorer Gareth Price, but three second half goals in the space of nine minutes - from Marc Leach, Nathan Frater and Lee Roache - swung the game in Dunstable's favour.
Two of the other leading sides met at Holloways Park, as Rugby Town came from behind to win 2-1 at Slough Town, and as a result Kettering Town - 3-0 winners at Aylesbury United - overtook Slough to move up to fourth.
The race for the final playoff spot looks set to go right to the wire, with Barton Rovers thrashing struggling Chertsey Town 7-2, Keshi Anderson scoring a 35 minute hattrick, to draw level on points with Slough.
Any outside hopes Beaconsfield SYCOB still had were brought to an end at Marlow, the Oak Tree Road outfit scoring a goal in each half to win 2-0.
After nine defeats in a row, AFC Hayes finally secured a win as Tony Mendy's 55th minute strike earned them a 1-0 win over 9th placed Northwood, whilst in 10th Uxbridge won 4-1 at Egham Town with Matt Woods scoring a hattrick.
At the bottom of the table, North Greenford United took a huge step towards safety with a 3-0 win against basement side Ashford Town (Mx). Anthony O'Connor and two from Gary Senior saw Greenford move four points clear of the drop zone.
After going down to a 4-1 defeat at Potters Bar Town, Leighton Town still aren't mathematically safe, although Chertsey Town would need to win both their remaining games and see a massive swing in goal difference to overtake the Reds.
Lastly, mid-table sides St. Ives Town and Chalfont St. Peter played out a seven-goal thriller, with the visitors scoring seven minutes from time to win 4-3.
Elsewhere, congratulations to our neighbours Hemel Hempstead Town who clinched the Southern League title this season and gained promotion to the Conference South.
Aylesbury were unable to build on a four-match unbeaten run as three second half goals had them beaten 3-0 at home by playoff-chasing Kettering Town.
The teams were equally matched in a goalless first half, but with just 69 seconds of the second on the clock Kettering were ahead through Jonathan Thorpe.
The Poppies found the net again on 68 minutes and a stoppage time third completed what was then a comfortable second half for the visitors.
On a lighter note, congratulations to three players who reached appearance milestones: Paul Edgeworth (250), Ben Baines (200) and Keith Williams (50).