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IT'S NOT OVER 'TIL...

Posted on 29 March 2006  - 12:00

Clive Allen still refused to allow himself a title-winning smile as his reserve squad moved to within touching distance of the trophy on Tuesday night.

Clive Allen still refused to allow himself a title-winning smile as his reserve squad moved to within touching distance of the trophy on Tuesday night.

The 3-0 victory against Ipswich Town at Stevenage Borough FC - a 14th win in the last 15 games - means we need just one more point to clinch the Barclays Reserve League South championship with three games left.

Arsenal can now only go level on points with us if they win their five remaining matches – if they fail to beat Southampton tonight, it's all over.

But Clive insisted: "Arsenal can still deny us and until it's done and dusted I am going to continue to moan, continue to keep on at the lads and continue to drive them mad.

"We've had a very good season but I'd like it to be a great one and finish it off in our last three games.

"They’ve produced it again against Ipswich, a game we had to win and it's full credit to the group of players who have been used this season.

"I think we’ve made big strides. A lot of the young players have been involved which is great for them and the seniors have been excellent as well - I just want to finish the job off now."

We were always in control at Broadhall Way but only had Dean Marney’s first half volley to show as the clock ticked into the final five minutes.

There was a scare when Rob Burch produced a fine save to deny Danny Haynes and that appeared to inject a final burst of energy and we clinched the three points with goals from Johnnie Jackson and Lee Barnard.

"I have to praise the lads once again because they were in control of the game," added Clive. "You always expect that the opposition will create a chance or half-chance which was the case five minutes from time with us 1-0 up.

"We've always attacked games, we very rarely sit back and defend a lead, we always push for the second and that’s how it’s turned out in the last couple of games. The lads keep coming up with the goods."