TWO victories over the weekend for Billingham Stars leaves the destination of the English National League title still wide open.
But the wins mean Billingham are now favourites and need three points from their remaining three games to stop Whitley Warriors from claiming the title for the third consecutive season.
The Warriors have two games this weekend, away to Trafford Metros on Saturday and at home to Sheffield Spartans 24 hours later.
However, skipper Rob Wilson will not concede the title is gone until it is impossible.
And he has urged his team-mates to make sure they push Billingham all the way.
“All we can do is win our games,” he said.
“If we do that and they do slip up, then we are ready to punish them for any mistake.
“Trafford away will be tough, they lost at home to Telford last weekend and will not want to lose twice in a row, while for our part we are looking to avenge our only defeat of 2012 so far.”
Sunday sees Whitley bring the curtain down on their regular season fixtures at Hillheads, although they do still have a home play-off semi-final to look forward to and then possibly the final after that.
But Wilson wants to end the regular campaign with a victory, which would see the Warriors complete their fixtures with the best home record in the league.
“It should be a good game,” continued the Whitley captain.
“We drew 3-3 at their rink just a couple of weeks ago, despite leading 3-1 going into the final session, so again it is not going to be an easy task to collect the two points; but the last thing we want is a home defeat before the play-offs and the boys should be up for the right result.”
Tickets for the game are available on the night, priced at adults £7.50, under 16s and concessions £5.50, while a family ticket is £22.
The action gets under way at Hillheads at 5pm, with the doors opening 30 minutes before face-off.