City of Sheffield travel to Hendon tomorrow for the final match of the British League (Premier Division) needing a solid performance to make sure they remain in the top flight.
Herne Hill are certain to be relegated but any one of four, including Sheffield, could accompany them. Only two points separate Birchfield, Sheffield, Woodford Green and Newham and Essex. Sheffield have a slight advantage over the two London based clubs but cannot afford to leave anything to chance.
After a sluggish start to the campaign, Sheffield came good in their home fixture when they finished runners up to Manchester. A repeat of that performance will see them finish as high as fourth. They field their strongest team. Mukhtar Mohammed, following a personal best in last weekend’s meeting at the Olympic Stadium, does the 800m with former international Sam Ellis running the B string. Mohammed also does the B 1500 metres with Lee Emanuel doing the A string following his mile in 3:54.75 in London. Emanuel also partners Matt Bowser in the 3000 metres giving Sheffield an unbeatable look in the middle distance events.
Tim Buck and Matt Yates are a powerful pairing in the 400 metres whilst Daniel Gardiner will be looking to repeat his victory of last time in the long jump as well as running the B 100 metres and relay.
Luke Cutts, so unlucky to miss out on selection for the World Championships, should win the pole vault again with B string Nick Cole making it maximum points while Joe Dunderdale will be looking for another win in the javelin.
League Standings: 1 City of Manchester 22; 2 Shaftsbury Barnet 20; 3 Enfield and Haringey15.5; 4 Birchfield 13; 5 City of Sheffield 12; 6 Woodford Green 11.5; 7 Newham and Essex 11; 8 Herne Hill 3
The final round of the Northern League is tomorrow (Sat) at various venues. City of Sheffield are at Derby where they are just one point behind the host club in Division 2EC. Rotherham and Barnsley are fifth and sixth and look likely to remain in the bottom two places.
Doncaster AC host Division 3EC where they will be looking to go ahead of Chesterfield who have a one point advantage at the top. Hallamshire, third in Division 4EC, are at Barnsley.