Tring end season with a win to clinch runners-up spot in Premier Division

Tring Athletic concluded a fine season with a 1-0 home victory over Biggleswade United on Saturday to finish runners-up in the SSML Premier Division.

Wednesday, 1st May 2019, 5:45 pm
Updated Wednesday, 1st May 2019, 5:48 pm
Tring Athletics Jon Clements, pictured here receiving a club player of the month award from secretary Bob Winter earlier this term netted the winner against Biggleswade United on Saturday.

Athletic knew before the game that they needed to win to guarantee the runners-up spot and they deservedly did exactly that – although unlike last season, only the league champions earn a promotion place.

With Athletic sitting second in the table and United in fourth, it was always going to be a difficult game.

It was no classic and the strong, swirling wind did not help matters.

Athletic nearly opened the scoring on the cusp of half-time when Kieran Turner’s excellent free-kick from just outside the area slammed against the bar.

Although United were dangerous on the break, Athletic probably shaded the first-half with chances.

The hosts finally broke the deadlock in the 75th minute, which proved to be the only goal of the game.

A long ball was played out towards the left corner flag and skipper Turner won a chase to the ball, before turning back and running at the area. He played a short pass to Jon Clements, who with his back to goal cleverly turned two defenders before drawing the keeper and curling a shot that went in off the far post, showing impressive composure.

It was a fantastic result for Tring, who have been under extreme pressure over the past few months while trying to secure the title in a battle with eventual champions Biggleswade FC.

Tring boss Ian Richardson’s side fully deserved to finish where they did and spent much of the season inside the top four.