Proud Leyland skipper Dave Makinson paid tribute to his side’s team ethic after they sealed a memorable Northern League title triumph on Saturday.
On a thrilling final day, the Fox Lane men completed a superb victory at Darwen just minutes after rivals Barrow’s game at Blackpool was abandoned due to rain.
And those results meant Leyland, who had started the day two points behind Barrow, swept past them to finish nine points ahead and seal a second title win in four years.
“What a great feeling,” said Makinson, who sportingly added that he felt sympathy for Barrow skipper Daryl Wearing, whose side had led the table all season only to be overtaken by Leyland at the eleventh hour.
“The end of Saturday’s game was a bit surreal,” said the Fox Lnae skipper.
“ We were obviously trying to
keep up to date with the scores from Blackpool while ensuring we concentrated on beating Darwen.
“We were hearing tales they were playing, then they were off, then back on again, so the instant we won the match we weren’t sure if we could celebrate.
“But confirmation came soon after to the joy of the lads and our loyal spectators.
“And I would like to say there is no doubt the title win is down to a great team effort.
“Many of the lads have contributed with either runs or wickets and we haven’t had to rely on one or two to win us games. There has always been someone willing to, and with the ability, to win us games.
“Saturday’s game was a perfect example of this. We raced to 200, with no batsman scoring more than 40, and used five bowlers to bowl them out.
“It’s great to play in a team where we all get as much pleasure out of seeing others succeed as we do ourselves.
“This runs throughout the club and will hopefully ensure that we can remain
strong for many years, and the fact that our second team have also done well with a very young team is a great sign for the future.”
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