S&L’s promotion decider is switched to Friday night

Action from S&L's victory over Queens last weekend
Action from S&L's victory over Queens last weekend

Stewarts & Lloyds’ promotion-deciding clash with Rugby St Andrews will be played under floodlights on Friday night.

It was due to be held on Saturday afternoon but, as it clashes with a wedding at St Andrews, the date has been switched to tomorrow.

The game sees S&L needing a bonus-point win to take them level with second-placed Vipers – a position that would have the Corby side promoted due a superior points difference.

“It’s been a bit of a hassle re-arranging it,” said S&L team manager Gary Mitchell.

“They have got a wedding at the club on Saturday which has been booked for a while.

“The season is supposed to be over by now and they have rightly taken a booking which meant they couldn’t hold the game.

“The only reason we are playing the game this late in the season is because of our cup run forcing league matches to be delayed.

“We looked at postponing it but all matches have to be completed by this weekend so that wasn’t possible.

“Apparently it would have meant ours and Vipers’ results against Rugby St Andrew would have to be wiped out.

“As they lost to them and we won it would have meant they went up – which obviously wasn’t a suitable outcome for us!

“So we are now playing on Friday night under floodlights.

“It’s not ideal, and it will mean people have to get a bit of time off work, but we have to get on with it.”

It is just another twist in a dramatic few weeks for the club who have been competing at the business end of the season in both league and cup.

And while getting to the end of the campaign might be welcome for tired limbs and minds, Mitchell forced the point there is still vital work to be done.

He added: “We’ve had a rollercoaster couple of weeks.

“It’s been good fun but we don’t want to let this chance slip in the last game.

“No matter what happens it has been a great season but it would be nice to top it off with promotion.

“I think the coaches and players deserve it. We just need to finish the job off.”