Westminster Warriors have one hand on the title - but their coach expected the worst right up to the last seven minutes of this crucial clash.

Junior Williams was calculating what it would take to win the away fixture at Watford in a couple of weeks against Warriors closest rivals after his team appeared to implode before his very eyes.

Westminster trailed by 15 soon into the final session, when his squad went into overdrive and wore down a Watford team that was on its knees by the final hooter.

And it was the unsung heroes that gave Westminster a breathing space in the middle quarters, allowing their revived front-line troops to blitz Watford when it mattered on Sunday.

Marlon Henry gave Williams earache on the bench, imploring his coach for a chance to get out on the Moberly Centre Court in Kensal Rise.

And for once Henry wasn't just bigging up his chances.

He hit a massive three three-pointers on the spin to close the gap, and on came Damian Harris and John-Jay Williams to hammer home a psychological advantage.

Williams explained: "The return of Damian was a big plus for us. His reputation goes before him, and I got the impression they were worried when they saw him warming up on court before the game.

"Marlon tells me every game what he can do for us - and this time his contribution was vital."

Although Warriors lost another big hitter in Julius Joseph to a foot injury at the beginning of the final quarter, John-Jay Johnson dunked 13 points, and the coach himself chipped in with eight.

Williams was a relieved man when he was able to text Warriors founder Steve Alexander getting off a plane in St Lucia just about final hooter time.

Williams said: "He texted back saying he cold now enjoy his holiday in peace."

NATIONAL DIVISION THREE (SOUTH): Southampton Trailblazers.......78 LONDON WESTSIDE...............70

A GREAT start for Westside soon turned to frustration as they chased a handful of points for the rest of the match on Saturday.

Frank Lamptey's team took a seven-point lead going into the second quarter, but that slipped away as they trailed first by five, and then just eight in a desperate bid to claw back the deficit.

Coach Lamptey came on himself in last week's heartening win at the Kensington Leisure Centre, but he could do nothing this time as Westside slipped back into the relegation places.

Patrick Omige hit a consolation 19 points for the west Londoners; Neil Haiming was just one behind on the scorers' list, and Gary Miles shot 15 to keep his side in it on the south coast.