Sports editor Mark Lea’s column: Who will slip up in title race?

Jamie Clarke puts Holbeach ahead. Photo: Steve Relf
Jamie Clarke puts Holbeach ahead. Photo: Steve Relf
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Points on the board or games in hand? The preference probably depends on which team you support.

Two points dropped or one gained? Well, we won’t find out until the champions are crowned in April.

Plenty of questions remain unanswered but Saturday’s showdown at Carter’s Park was never going to be a title decider anyway.

What it showed was that Holbeach United and AFC Rushden & Diamonds will continue to battle it out at the top of the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League’s Premier Division.

Over two games this season they have been evenly matched.

Both 1-1 draws saw the home team in control and the away side happier with a point.

Fans will be hoping their rivals slip up but it will ultimately come down to how many of those games in hand can be won by the Tigers, 
especially if they stay in three cup competitions as well.

After 11 successive wins, Holbeach came close to being five points behind Diamonds and then there would have been no doubt over who are the title favourites.

Right now it’s a tough one to call. But the Tigers are in no mood to give up the chase.

In between the draws with Diamonds, the only occasion when Holbeach failed to win was the 2-1 defeat at Yaxley.

So they are on form and if anyone finishes above them, congratulations because they will deserve the glory.

It’s not over yet and I certainly wouldn’t bet against Holbeach having top spot at the end of the season.

Joint-boss Graham Drury made a point in the post-match interview that Wisbech Town and Yaxley should not be forgotten about either.

Now the UCL have finally published fixtures for the rest of the season, we can look at the run-ins and make our own predictions.

It was interesting to hear Diamonds fans confidently saying how Holbeach would slip up soon.

Whatever happens, it’s going to be an thrilling finish.