FC DORCAN boss Jimmy Horwood implemented a £5 fine to every player who asked about title rivals Tawny Owl at the weekend as the pair go head-to-head for the Premier Division crown in the Swindon & District League.

Horwood’s troops, who were 3-1 winners away to Swindon Supermarine DC, are currently six points clear of Tawny at the summit, but have played all of their fixtures.

Meanwhile, the Owls have two games still to play, which could set up a play-off for the league title on Saturday, May 26 should the pair finish level on points.

Luke Murphy and Ed Herbert were on target for Dorcan against Marine, the latter bagging a brace to seal the win.

Boss Horwood said: “Tawny Owl have two games left and they have to win both of them if they want it to go to a play-off game, because it doesn’t go to goal difference.

“Our win at the weekend was a nervy performance. I had a ban on the players asking what the score was in Tawny Owl’s game. If they did, it was a £5 fine.

“I think everyone was thinking about that more than they were thinking about our game.

“Tawny have got it all still to do, so we are hoping they have a tired performance when they play Wroughton Reserves on Tuesday night.

“At the start of the season, we set a target to finish in the top three of the league. If someone said then that we would have a play-off for the title, that would be better than what we were expecting.

“We played Supermarine at the start of the season and beat them 10-1. When we played them on Saturday, they had improved so much.

“It could have been a draw but we managed to win 3-1, which has been the story of our season. We have been able to play badly and still get some points on the board.”

Elsewhere in the Premier Division, Lower Stratton hit Ramsbury for six as they were comfortable 6-2 winners at home.

Robert Clark got two goals, while Jamie Stone, Richard Clark, James Saunders and Will Hootton also notched. Jack Stone scored twice for the visitors.

Tawny Owl had to settle for a point as they were held to a 3-3 draw away to Bakers Arms, despite two from Jack Allan and one from Kenny Hawkins.