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Ducks Win Sets Up Nervy Final Day

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It`s going to be `squeaky bum` time for Grantham Town, Farsley Celtic and Shaw Lane AFC on Saturday after the latter edged a 3-2 win at Sheerien Park on Thursday night in the Evo-Stik League Premier.

The Ducks` win leaves them a point behind fifth-placed Farsley and two of fourth-placed Grantham with just tomorrow`s final games of 2017/18 to come.

A point will be enough for the Gingerbreads as they possess a far superior goal difference to the other two, but Shaw Lane must win at home to Matlock Town and hope Farsley don`t at Throstle Nest against Marine AFC.

Shaw Lane, playing their tenth game of April, eventually broke the deadlock on the hour-mark through Alex Byrne

Ryan Baldwin equalised for the Canaries in the 76th minute, only for the Ducks to hit the visitors with two goals in 3 minutes, starting with Godwin Abadaki`s 83rd minute effort, swiftly followed by Chi Chilaka`s.

Jake Warmington made it a nervy finale when he reduced the deficit a minute from time, but the hosts held firm.

The remainder of Thursday`s games were all about pride and final placings, with Witton Albion not giving manager Steve Burr the send-off he had hoped for as his Stalybridge Celtic side crumbled to a 5-0 defeat in their final game – and Burr`s – at Bower Fold this season.

A Steven Tames brace in the 35th and 50th minute gave Albion a 2-0 interval lead that Will Jones added to 7 minutes after the break.

Prince Haywood made it 4-0 with 65 minutes gone and Rob Hopley made it a nap hand 3 minutes later.

Another manager making his penultimate appearance in the dug-out was Stafford Rangers` Neil Kitching.

He saw his side share a rather uninspiring 0-0 draw at the War Memorial Ground with Stourbridge.

Coalville Town made it three successive wins when they beat Workington AFC 3-0 at Owen Street in their penultimate home game of the campaign.

Dan Creaney bagged a brace on 16 and 29 minutes, with Nathan Watson adding the Ravens` third goal 6 minutes into the second half.


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