Grimsby Borough went into yesterday’s Judgement Day knowing that a win over league leaders Campion would be the only way they would be able to life the NCEL Division One title.
Both sides started off tentatively but it was the home side who took the initiative just before half-time as Lewis Bemrose slotted the ball home from inside the box.
Then two goals in five minutes raised the roof at Bradley with Daniel Trott and Jack Debnam finding the back of the net, first from a great through ball then the latter from a free kick.
Campion did make it a nervy few minutes as Andrew McCreadie scored with 8 minutes left, and with them chasing the game, Borough broke. The attack broke down, was played back to the keeper, who was closed down by Caine Winfarrah. The clearance was struck against Winfarrah and trickled into the net sparking wild scenes.
James Bicknell’s side did score a late stoppage time penalty through Aiden Day but the whistle was blown almost immediately as The Wilderness Boys fans spilled onto the pitch celebrating with the players.
Joint manager Daniel Barrett was delighted with the result after two play-off failed attempts, “It’s been a long season. We had one goal and that was to win the league – not a way task by any stretch, however I do believe we had the best squad in the league which has also been tested through lads leaving.
“We recruited a couple and used lads from within the club who have done superb and we couldn’t have done it without everyone involved. Credit to campion for a competitive season and taking it down to the last game.
“We are now going to enjoy tonight and a few days away. Then we will start working hard again for next season.”
Former professional Peter Winn gave us his analysis this morning, “Yesterday’s game was always going to be a tough one, they are a good team as they have obviously shown all season, bringing it down the the last game but to be honest I think they came here looking for the draw.
“We out played them at times and every single one of the lads were up for it and I think once we finally got the first goal it opened the game up for us as they had to attack.
“The two goals we conceded could have been prevented but sometimes that’s the way football goes. Overall I am happy for all the players that have been here many seasons and finally have what they deserve as well as Baz and Lidds (Andy Liddle) who have done a brilliant job this season.
“After we had a blip in November and December and everybody was writing us off, but they didn’t, they believed in us and they were the driving force to push every single one of us to get this title.
“Onto next season now and I think with the team we have if we apply ourselves like we did yesterday every game we will have another good season.”