In private, JB was expecting the worst.
When the reality was that nothing less than a win could guarantee Premiership status, to be facing the Champions in your final match was a little daunting. His fear were compounded when they went down after only 4 minutes to a sloppy piece of defending which put Aaron Whalley through for the opening goal. The need to push forward then left further gaps which STA duly exploited, but the Hornets sheer determination saw the wing backs put in a gruelling performance running the length of the pitch time after time.
The second half saw the Hornets really step up a gear with wave upon wave of attack eventually rewarded on 83 minutes with Geoff Kibble’s precision lob over keeper James Walker to give the point to the home side.
Calvin Staunton was rewarded with yet another Xpert Eleven captaincy on his final game and it was a nice touch that todays STA reserve goalie – the legendary Warren Trigg was there to present the trophy to an emotional Staunton, who was consoled by celebrity chef Gordon Ramsey – although no one knows what he was doing there.