City get set for last day drama

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MILTON Keynes are counting down the days to easily the most important game in the club’s recent history as they hope to book a place in the Southern Counties North League promotion play-off.

Ten straight wins have left City on the brink of a second place finish which would see the men from Emerson Valley take on the runners-up of the Southern Counties South League in a one-off winner takes all promotion decider.

However, equally determined to snatch that play-off place are Windsor who moved back up to second last Saturday courtesy of bottom side Marlborough failing to fulfil their fixture.

That leaves City and Windsor separated only by points difference going into the last day of the season, with the Berkshire side knowing that a bonus point victory will be good enough for them. Anything less and City will leapfrog them back into second if they can see off Alchester and score four tries in the process.

The odds appear to be in City’s favour as Windsor face champions Beaconsfield who practically led the division from start to finish. But no one is taking anything for granted on what looks set to be a nervous and potentially dramatic conclusion to a fantastic season for City.

Club president John Silk has also been enjoying a presidential year for the Bucks RFU and says he has had assurances from Beaconsfield that they will be taking their game at Windsor seriously.

The ideal scenario for him would be for City to join their Bucks counterparts in the South West 1 East League next season, but only if they earn promotion the right way.

He said: “I have no doubt Beaconsfield will go to Windsor and give them a tough game. Apart from us, they have been the only team to beat Beaconsfield and they will want to prove a point.

“But we also need to make sure we beat Alchester and that won’t be easy. Windsor only beat them by a couple of points.

“The aim for us is just to get the bonus point win and then hope the news coming from the other game is good. It’s going to be a memorable day whatever happens.”