IT proved to be a pivotal day in the title race last weekend and Ledbury Town manager Ian Merrick was full of praise for the team and their supporters as they beat their nearest rivals Sporting Club Inkberrow 1-0. 

Ben Febery's header in the 67th minute of the game was enough for Ledbury to claim all three points and stay a point ahead of Inkberrow in the race to be crowned league champions.

Merrick had nothing but praise not only for his players, but also for the impressive turnout of his team’s followers on the day: 

"It was always going to be a game of fine margins, with two quality teams battling hard against each other," he said.

"A real moment of quality won us the game with Ben Febery’s diving header, and the desire and team spirit shown by the lads since the defeat at Clee Hill has been immense.

"We now have to ensure however that we finish off the job by winning our final three games.

"I’d also like to say a massive thank you to our supporters. To have almost a hundred of our own fans there backing the team was just fantastic.

"No other team at this level receives the level of support which we do, so again thank you to everyone who came along and backed the lads. We really do appreciate your support."

Ledbury remain a point ahead of Inkberrow with two games left after their mid-week win over Worcester United. 

The title race looks set to go down to the wire.