GOATACRE head into this weekend’s title decider in Premier Two Glos/Wilts in pole position following their 101-run victory over Burbage & Easton Royal.

The victory sees them lead the way at the top of the table, 12 points clear of second-placed Cheltenham, who they face in this weekend's final game of the season.

Goatacre are anticipating a large crowd at the village hall, knowing success will clinch them the title and promotion to Premier One, the highest level of the West of England Premier League.

However, despite knowing that picking up enough points in a defeat could still see them crowned champions, skipper Ed Wilkins is only concentrating on securing a win.

“Everyone is buzzing for it,” he said. “It’s nice to be at home and we’ve got that 12-point gap but we are not taking anything for granted.

“It should be a good day and we should have a good crowd for it.

“We go in to win the game. It’s not worth thinking about if we should bowl first and then bat, we need to get to this, we need to get to that. We need to win the game.

“If we win the game, it’s done, we’ve won the league.

“Fingers crossed it goes to plan and we seal the deal. I think we deserve it, we’ve played really well this season and have only lost one game.”

Wilkins’ side set hosts Burbage a total of 213 to chase down last Saturday, with Brad Dawson top scoring for the visitors with 69.

And despite David Cope’s knock of 33 early on, Goatacre’s bowlers made light work of skittling out Burbage, with England international Liam Dawson returning to the village side to take four wickets for just five runs.

“It went to plan,” he added. “We knew Burbage were a steady team but we were confident of going there and doing what we needed to do.

“There were a couple of points batting wise where they had us in a bit of trouble, at 60-2 and 70-4, but a couple of the guys dug in.

“Brad Dawson again was really good, Jack Haines and Jon Wilkins, and kind of got us to a decent total.

“Once we got to 200, we were fairly confident of being able to defend that with our bowling attack.”

Meanwhile, Chippenham remain in a battle not to finish in the bottom two following their 100-run defeat to Biddestone.