NON-LEAGUE Regional Premier title races down to wire

adam hill goal image courtesy gerry huntWhile we are led to believe the football nation holds it breath to see who wins the domestic Premier League – isn’t it always the millionaires? – some of us seek far more humble but no less exciting “premier” title chases and races.

Non-League football fills a vacuum for many of us who still want to travel to games, stand on terraces with mates and be trusted to return environmentally-friendly mugs to tea huts.

Today one of the two-horse title races that scores of non-League fans in the region will be following is at the Southern League Premier South summit.

Mark Molesley's Weymouth – 24 wins, six defeats, 83 points – head into today's game with home advantage and a one point lead over Rob Dray's Taunton Town.

The table-topping Terras host seventh placed Farnborough while Taunton – 25 wins, nine defeats – visit Basingstoke, 17th and one of six sides who could be relegated alongside Staines and Frome going into the final day of a captivating Southern League season.

Salisbury and Met Police are already assured of filling two of the remaining three play-off places with Poole Town and Kings Langley vying for the other.

Southampton's Blackfield & Langley - managed by Glenn Howes - have already claimed the Division One South title so it remains to be see which three-from-four teams join Paul Britton's Yate Town in the end of season play-offs.

Cirencester Town, Moneyfields, Cinderford Town and Winchester City are the four in the mix for three play-off berths.

Three is a magic number.

Willand Rovers, Plymouth Parkway and Bitton vie to finish top of the Premier Division as the Western League season enters its final week.

In their “game in hand” in midweek Willand beat fourth placed Bridgwater Town 1-0 thanks to towering central defender Adam Hill's 80th minute headed winner (pictured).

In a tense game - watched by Parkway manager Lee Hobbs and Bitton boss Dan Langdon - Willand returned to the top of the table.

Victory puts Russell Gee's Rovers in the box seat, two points clear of second placed Parkway and three ahead of third placed Bitton, Willand's hosts on the Bath Road tomorrow.

Parkway's final league match of the season is at 11th placed Chipping Sodbury, who won 3-2 at Bolitho Park on January 5. Since then Plymouth's top non-League team have put together a season's best 19 match unbeaten Premier Division run.

Rovers' superior goal difference means a point would see them clinch top spot.

Keynsham Town have won Western League Division One with Cheddar confirmed as runners-up. John Allen's special K complete their championship-winning season at home to Sherborne at the all-weather Crown Field while Shaun Potter's Cheesemen host Alan Tyers' Portishead Town at Bowdens Park.

In a season of two-horse Premier title races, Tavistock and Exmouth Town will take the South West Peninsula League championship decider to the wire.

Both head into today’s final league game with 88 points from 35 games.

Stu Henderson's Tavistock top the table with a superior goal difference but have to visit third placed Plymouth Argyle Reserves - playing their final game at the Coach Road headquarters of Devon FA - while Kevin Hill’s Seasiders face a tough test at Bodmin Town.

Who will come out on top?

We’ll know when Saturday comes...

Up and Adam! Hill (second from right) watches his headed winner against Bridgwater image courtesy Gerry Hunt

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