FOOTBALL: Final countdown in battle for promotion will be full of drama

Deeping and Holbeach are level on points with 12 games to go
Deeping and Holbeach are level on points with 12 games to go
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With two months to go, the title race promises plenty of excitement.

As it stands, if they win games in hand and match their promotion rivals’ results, Deeping Rangers and Holbeach United would claim the top two places.

In terms of style – what you might even call ‘playing the right way’ – the Clarets are the best team in the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League’s Premier Division.

The prolific partnership of Scott Coupland and Scott Mooney is well supported all over the pitch.

Having lost at Carter’s Park just before Christmas, they have responded to stay in the chasing pack.

It felt like the start of something special when Deeping began this run – even though they haven’t quite hit top form.

Meanwhile, Holbeach’s current spell has been pretty unconvincing. Again, though, it seems that there is much more to come.

The Tigers are hanging in there but a couple of stoppage-time winners have shown spirit to keep battling until the end.

Holbeach’s run-in will feature home games against Wisbech Town and Newport Pagnell Town so there is plenty to play for.

League leaders Yaxley put more points on the board but they only have one home game in March.

The derby date away to Deeping on Friday night should be packed with entertainment.

Before the start of this term, Deeping and Newport Pagnell had outlined plans for promotion.

However, changes to the non-League system mean the top two must accept promotion anyway. You would have to question why some clubs were reluctant to give it a go – especially as the FA are creating central divisions to reduce the travelling costs.

Of course, budgets are always going to be a factor but it’s refreshing to see the likes of Deeping who want to make progress on and off the pitch. They look ready to go up – but there is still work to be done.