Richmond’s title hopes crushed by school boys


A dramatic week of local football means the result of the region’s top league will come down to the final game of the season with just two teams now in the race to be crowned champions.

This time last week Richmond had a three point lead in the Nelson Bays Football first division but FC Nelson and Nelson College were breathing down their necks and each held two games in hand, giving them a clear advantage.

By Thursday the trophy was destined for Jubilee Park after both FC Nelson and Nelson College lost mid-week games to Suburbs and Wakefield, respectively. But by Saturday afternoon it all changed again with Nelson College giving Richmond a 6-1 hiding and FC Nelson winning, swinging momentum back to the city teams.

Richmond and FC Nelson both sit on 26 points but FC Nelson has a much better goal difference and College sit one point behind them.

Now it all comes down to Saturday, where FC Nelson and Nelson College are the only two teams playing, due to a postponed game earlier in the season. The winner will win the league, if it’s a draw FC Nelson will claim the cup.

Follow all that? Either way, this Saturday’s game at Broads will decide the league and will be a cracker to watch.

Kick-off is at 3pm.