Foresters glory but SSPP heartache; Win over 'dene not enough for PP in play-off chase as St Wilf's hold on to third spot.
Thursday afternoon saw a truly outstanding finale to a brilliant Premier division with Lea Forest, Mapledene and SSPP all involved in a shoot-out for the title and play-offs alike. Before kick-off, all three schools were in the running for the title but only Forest and Mapledene were assured of play-off places. SSPP knew that they would have to win both games to make the play-offs and most likely seal the title as well but it proved a bridge too far for the black and whites. SSPP opened up against the league leaders and hosts, Lea Forest and in a high tempo encounter the Erdington boys just couldn't quite break down Forest's stubborn resistance and eventually fell to a 2-0 defeat. PP picked themselves up though and in their second game of the afternoon, defeated Mapledene, 2-1, denying the 'dene the title. Full credit though to Mapledene's lads who, after the final whistle, went across to shake the hands of the Lea Forest players to congratulate them on their title win - true sportsmanship, kudos Mapledene. The other winners today were St Wilfrid's, who despite not playing, secured third spot in the division and a crack at the play-off finals next week. On Tuesday afternoon, Wilf's will go to Yardley to take on the Youths for a place in next Thursdays finals. The other preliminary game will also be held on Tuesday and that will see Mapledene take on Short Heath. Some end to a hitherto, unforgettable season.