Tring Athletic concluded a fine season with a 1-0 home victory over Biggleswade United on Saturday to finish runners-up in the SSML Premier Division.
Athletic knew before the game that they needed to win to guarantee the runners-up spot and they deservedly did exactly that – although unlike last season, only the league champions earn a promotion place.
With Athletic sitting second in the table and United in fourth, it was always going to be a difficult game.
It was no classic and the strong, swirling wind did not help matters.
Athletic nearly opened the scoring on the cusp of half-time when Kieran Turner’s excellent free-kick from just outside the area slammed against the bar.
Although United were dangerous on the break, Athletic probably shaded the first-half with chances.
The hosts finally broke the deadlock in the 75th minute, which proved to be the only goal of the game.
A long ball was played out towards the left corner flag and skipper Turner won a chase to the ball, before turning back and running at the area. He played a short pass to Jon Clements, who with his back to goal cleverly turned two defenders before drawing the keeper and curling a shot that went in off the far post, showing impressive composure.
It was a fantastic result for Tring, who have been under extreme pressure over the past few months while trying to secure the title in a battle with eventual champions Biggleswade FC.
Tring boss Ian Richardson’s side fully deserved to finish where they did and spent much of the season inside the top four.