Tense finale to Combination season guaranteed

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Defending champions Jersey Scottish and St Peter will play-off for the title if both win tomorrow, with Scottish away to Trinity – who can also finish top – and St Peter at home to St Paul’s.

The permutations could leave league president Tim Darwin, who is due to present the trophy, dizzy before the end of the afternoon! Victories for St Peter and Trinity would leave St Peter as champions, but if Trinity win and St Peter draw, Trinity and St Peter will play-off for the title.

Should Scottish and Trinity draw and St Peter win, St Peter would take the title.

Scottish would retain the James Marquis Memorial Trophy if they win and St Peter fail to take the three points against St Paul’s.

A draw in both games would mean a play-off between the reigning champions and St Peter.

One thing is clear, however, it’s going to be a tense, intriguing end to the season.

So, just who will be crowned champions? St Peter midfielder Dominic Maher said: ‘Looking at the fixtures we are probably in the best position, but nothing is guaranteed in football.

‘Hopefully we can win the game and then we’ll look at the other result.

With what is at stake it is going to be a nervous game and with St Paul’s having avoided relegation there is now no pressure on them.

‘We have to do our job on the pitch like we have been doing all season.

Manager Jon Trigg has concentrated on getting everyone fit and this is the result of it.

‘I never envisaged us to be in this position going into the last game of the season.

It has all crept up on us and we are all chuffed to bits.

‘Obviously we’d love to win the title but win, lose or draw tomorrow we will party because we’ve had a very good season.’ Scottish manager Bob Kearsey said: ‘We have got the hardest task.

Trinity, I’m sure, will not lie down and die because they, too, can win the title.

‘They will still be hurting from their two cup final defeats by us so it is going to be a hard game.

‘My only worry about the St Peter game is will St Paul’s be up for it now that they are safe and without a manager? ‘I have a selection headache too – four players who didn’t play in midweek are available again for tomorrow!’ Trinity’s joint-manager Adam Reid said: ‘It’s fantastic that the season is going down to the last 90 minutes, but I don’t know who is going to win because it is so close.

‘Last season the Scottish League Championship trophy was on it’s way to Motherwell only for Celtic to concede two goals in the last couple of minutes.

The helicopter then had to divert to Edinburgh as Rangers won to take the title at that late stage.

‘We will have a go and try to win the game.

Afterwards we will look at the other result and then see what has happened.’ All Division I games tomorrow kick-off at 2 pm.

If a play-off is required next Saturday it will be staged at La Hague Manor.

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