Toolstation Western League
Published 12th April 2011
....Larkhall Athletic at Sandy Lane on Tuesday night.
Larkhall's 3-2 win at Wellington last Saturday, combined with Bitton's 1-0 home loss to Ilfracombe Town, leaves the leaders needing just one win to be sure of the Premier Division title.
Dawlish player-manager Gary Fisher will be determined to make sure that celebration doesn't happen tonight.
Fisher's side are still in great shape for a top-four finish themselves, and have produced their best displays against the top sides.
Last Saturday they drew 2-2 with fifth-placed Bristol Manor Farm, although it needed some harsh words from Fisher at half-time to inspire a fight back after they went 2-0 down in the first half.
Second half goals from Craig Fenner and Liam McAuley rescued a well-earned point for Dawlish.
"In the first half, we were awful," said Fisher. "We played like it was an end of season game – we were just strolling about.
"We looked like we had nothing to play for and they were rightly ahead because they tore us apart.
So I gave them a bit of the hairdryer treatment at half-time — I told them a few home truths.
"We came out flying after that and got back into the game. It was a fair result in the end — a real game of two halves.
"Before the game we would have taken a point because they are up there and on a good run."
Larkhall, meanwhile, have had to abandon their promotion dream after being told their Plain Ham ground does not meet the standard required for Zamaretto League football.
Around £15,000 of work was needed to bring it up to Grade E standard under the FA's National Ground Grading Requirements.
An agreement with Bath City to play their home games at Twerton Park hasn't worked either — Larkhall have been told that ground sharing for the purposes of gaining promotion is also not allowed.