THE qualification for playoff positions in the Cotswold League was tight in an action-packed series of matches where Dormer House claimed top spot.

Newcomers Bourton-onthe- Water found life hard, scoring only one goal and being placed last in their group.

They opened with a 4-1 defeat to CCS, going down to a Matt Davis flick and Jamie Chinn-Brown’s goal.

Connor Sorley shocked the hosts by netting from Bourton’s first attack. A Bourton player was then sent to the sin-bin, allowing Will Parr to make it 3-1 within the first few seconds of the power play. Chinn-Brown finished the game off with a further strike.

Bourton then fought out a goalless draw with Shipston.

Lucas Butler made a series of great saves in Bourton’s next match against Dormer House, but had to give way when Luke Goddard finally pushed his fourth shot home in the space of five seconds.

Nick Emsley prodded it home for a 2-0 win to Dormer House.

Cameron Meikle fired the winner as his St Mary’s side defeated Bourton.

Chipping Campden School had secured their four victories, but not without a degree of difficulty as they beat St Mary’s 2-1.

Dormer House could not stand up to the Campden pressure, with Jamie Short, Sam Lawrenson and Davis scoring before Luke Goddard pulled one back. Chinn- Brown made it 4-1.

In their final match, Shipston caused CCS a lot of problems. Callum Hannah saved a penalty shot early on. Larenson and Davis were on target.

St Mary’s dominated Shipston and finally the pressure told when Tyler Morgan squeezed the ball home.

Meanwhile, Dormer House had the same problem and a scoreless draw was on the cards until Luke Goddard fired home with a couple of seconds remaining.

This left Dormer House and St Mary’s playing for the top qualifying position. Dormer had a power play early on, but made nothing of it. Both keepers made great saves in the draw.

Dormer House take the top play-off spot because of their extra goal scored.

St Mary’s go into the qualifiers for second ranked teams when they return in the New Year.