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Rodborough Old Boys on title brink

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Rodborough Old Boys stand two games from glory after beating Chalford Reserves on Tuesday, with their final league match and League Cup Final to come against Minety over the next two weekends.

Avoid defeat in their last Stroud Division One game on Saturday and they will be crowned champions before the cup final against the same opposition the following weekend.

It’s been a near perfect season for Old Boys, having been league leaders consistently alongside a cup run that included a 4-0 thrashing of Gala Wilton semi finals. Despite this, the final game of 2022/23 will be a straight shootout for the title after Minety’s equally impressive year keeping them in second place, three points behind and with a stronger goal difference.

Old Boys’ latest league match saw them come from a goal down to beat Chalford Reserves 2-1 on Tuesday evening, with Travis Cooke and Jamie Walker pulling the spirited side from the brink having fallen behind in the second half.

The game was being been replayed after Chalford were found to have fielded more than the allotted first team players in a 2-1 win in April, giving Old Boys the chance to reverse the result in a hotly contested match.

The winner-takes-all game between Rodborough and Minety on Saturday will be the last in Division One’s epic season, with all other teams having completed their matches. Minchinhampton finished strongly to take fifth place after Jason King’s appointment in 2023 and Tetbury Town eventually fell away to give Minety a chance to steal Rodbrough’s crown.

Both teams have had near faultless seasons, losing just five league games from 46 between them, but two matches in a week will come to define two pieces of silverware and guaranteed promotion to the Gloucestershire Northern Senior League.

Old Boys will host Minety at Stratford Court on Saturday before the two sides meet at a neutral venue in Tetbury on 13th May.

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