Staines Lammas 0 Hanworth Villa 1

HANWORTH VILLA have pledged to come back again next year with their ground ready for promotion.

The Combined Counties League Division One leaders cannot go up, even if they hold onto to either top spot or second place, as their ground does not meet Premier League standards.

Instead, Villa are battling it out with Staines Lammas for a title which will prove some-thing of a hollow victory for the winners, as Lammas cannot go up either.

Chairman Gary BRUnning said: "We'll be back next year, and we'll be ready this time. But we've had a really good season and we're all proud of the lads.

"We've built up a good healthy rivalry with Staines Lammas too. I used to play with their manager Nathan Wharfe, so there's always good banter flying around."

Villa landed the latest blow in their titanic blow with a 1-0 win at Lammas on Saturday, through a last-minute Adam Piggott goal.

The Villains are now nine points ahead of Lammas, but the Staines side have five games in hand.

But the league could be thrown into chaos when the future of Neasden Foundation, who have been suspended for not paying their fines, is decided.

Brunning said: "They'll probably decide at the end of the season whether or not to scrub Neasden's record, and see if it makes any difference to the title.

"We've beaten them twice, so we'd lose six points. Lammas would lose three, but still have one game to play against them, so would lose a game in hand."