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CLIVE'S DELIGHT

Posted on 26 April 2006  - 12:00

Clive Allen wore a satisfied smile after our reserves delivered again in their final league game on Tuesday night.

Clive Allen wore a satisfied smile after our reserves delivered again in their final league game on Tuesday night.

They completed a title-winning campaign in the Barclays Premiership Reserve League South with a 3-1 victory at Coventry City.

Johnnie Jackson, Dean Marney and Jacques Maghoma were on target in the encounter at Rugby Town FC.

It meant Clive's squad won 18 of their 26 matches, drawing three and only losing three as they raced to the championship with a closing run of 16 wins in 18 games.

"I asked the lads to put in another performance and do the things we've done all season and once again I've only got praise for them in terms of how they went about it," reflected development coach Clive.

"We needed the second goal having worked hard for the first, Johnnie Jackson did well in his closing down and then took the chance and when it came the second goal was from the type of football you look to produce on a consistent basis. It was played forward, set, a great pass and Dean Marney finished it off.

"Their goal came as a bit of a surprise because I didn't think we looked threatened in terms of conceding at any stage but at 2-1 you know you will come under a bit of pressure.

"We stayed compact and Jacques Maghoma showed confidence and a clinical finish for the third goal. It was an ideal way to go out."

The lads can now look forward to a league play-off against the Northern section winners.

Manchester United currently top the table and need just a point to clinch title from their final game at Liverpool on Sunday.

However, Aston Villa can put the pressure on by beating Leeds Reserves in their final game on Thursday night and therefore drawing level on points with United. As it stands, United have a better goal difference of three goals.

The play-off is a one-off tie at the home of the Northern winners - Old Trafford or Villa Park - on a date yet to be confirmed.

Clive added: "I think the play-off is fantastic for this group, they deserve the opportunity and it will be an excellent test for us."