Winner will take everything from the Battle of Bretton Gate

Claire Steels will be a key player when City of Peterborough Ladies take on Spalding.
Claire Steels will be a key player when City of Peterborough Ladies take on Spalding.
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There’s a winner-takes-all title showdown at Bretton Gate on Saturday (March 14, 10am start).

City of Peterborough Ladies go head to head with free-scoring Spalding and the victors will have one hand firmly on the Division Two North West trophy.

A draw would actually be good for Spalding who are a point behind City with a game in hand. That extra game is a home clash against City seconds on Sunday (March 15).

City will go into Saturday’s match in better spirits as they thought they had blown their title chances the previous weekend when losing to Cambridge University.

But, while City were winning 2-0 at Cambridge Nomads last weekend, Spalding went down to a first defeat in 18 matches as Long Sutton pipped them 2-1 thanks to goals from Emma Howell and Leanne Woodhead.

Kelly Tuplin replied with Spalding’s 100th goal of the League campaign. It’s that goal power that City will need to combat this weekend.

Spalding beat City 3-1 earlier in the season.

“There is no doubt that Spalding have been an outstanding team this season,” City manager Lawrie Sullican stated. “But we hope we have learnt from the previous encounter. We know how they will play and we will have plans in place to combat their strength and pace.

“It will come down to who wants it more on the day. Winning the individual battles will be the key.”

Lyn Tancred scored both of the City goals in Cambridge, Her strike partnership with teenage ace Tierney Augustine will be vital against Spalding, as will the midfield promptings of Claire Steels and skipper Lauren Finding.

Both City and Spalding are already promoted to Division One North next season and Spalding’s men ensured there will be further celebrations in South Lincolnshire at the end of the season.

Spalding will play in the East Premier B Division for the first time in their history after sealing promotion from Division One with a 4-2 win over Bishop’s Stortford.

Stuart Cunnington and Russell Watts scored two apiec e for Spalding.

Spalding are now just one division below City of Peterborough who will probably be glad when their Premier A Division season is over.

City have been frustrated that their results against the top sides have not matched their performances, but they’ve also dropped too many points against the weaker teams.

That was the case last weekend when City were 2-0 down with 15 minutes to go at lowly Blueharts before goals from Nathan Foad and Ben Read salvaged a point.

City have now drawn eight of their 20 matches. No other team in the division has drawn more than four.

City have just two Premier A Division matches remaining starting with a home game against fellow mid-table side Bedford this Saturday (1pm).

The teams drew 4-4 earlier in the season so it should be a cracking contest.

Elsewhere in the East League relegation-threatened Long Sutton seconds became the first team to beat Division Three North West leaders Cambridge Nomads.

Ben Shore (2), Stef Fox and Alex Canham scored the Sutton goals as they came back three times from conceding a lead.

Jack Smith scored six times for Sutton thirds in an 8-0 win over Alford seconds in Division Five North West.

March Town are still on course for promotion from Division Two North West after a hat-trick from Jody Betts earned them a 3-3 draw at Norwich City.

Second-placed March host third-placed City of Peterborough 4ths in a key match this Saturday (Neale Wade Academy, 1.30pm).

City lost ground last weekend with a 3-2 defeat at Saffron Walden seconds.