Aylesbury United need just a point to clinch second place in the South Midlands Premier and possible promotion after main rivals Oxhey Jets lost their game in hand on Thursday night.
The Ducks have been locked in a season-long battle with the Jets for second place, a race which has intensified recently since increased talk of a likely promotion spot for the runners-up.
Just last week United boss Tony Joyce said he had heard serious talk of second ‘being good enough’ for promotion this season and now his side have it in their sights after the Jets were beaten 1-0 by Haringey Borough in what was their last remaining game in hand.
The crucial goal came on 32 minutes when an unfortunate Oxhey player put through his own net.
United now travel to Hertford Town on Saturday in the final game of the season while Jets play the Ducks’ Premier Division Cup final opponents Hadley.
A point there regardless of what Oxhey do will seal second place. But, should the Ducks lose and Oxhey win, the Jets would get runners-up by virtue of their superior goal difference.
For this season only, the FA will promote a second club from two of the following five leagues: Combined Counties League, Eastern Counties League, Essex Senior League, Kent League and the Spartan South Midlands League. This is to fulfil the expansion of the Isthmian League Divisions One North and South from 22 to 24 clubs each.
The two teams will be chosen on a points per game basis.
From the SSML Premier only AFC Dunstable, the Ducks, Dunstable Town, Haringey Borough, Oxhey Jets and Tring Athletic had applied for promotion.