Strike duo Chris Hall and Aiden Savory go into tomorrow’s final game of the regular season locked on 20 goals apiece.

Had it not been for injuries, the pair could have been nearer 30 each and Avenue may have already booked their place in the Blue Square North for next term.

That was not to be, so they are instead looking for the win on Saturday while others lose – or next week’s play-offs – to gain promotion.

Savory has played more games than Hall but they have both also been deployed in unusual areas due to other players missing out through injury.

Hall said: “There has been a lot of rotation. Everyone is capable of doing the jobs they have been asked to do, it’s just that the constant chopping and changing hasn’t helped.

“Basically you just get on with it and I’m glad I’m in the side. Even if I had to go in goal I would be happy.

“The injured lads have been very frustrated and they would have loved to be fit enough to play in most of our games in the run-in.

“Look at Amjad Iqbal, who has missed a lot of games. He is very experienced; an international player. The team is going to miss the likes of him, with his leadership on the pitch as well as his individual contribution.

“It has been tough for us and the gaffer in the run-in with Ammers (Iqbal), James Knowles and Mark Hume all out. Aiden has been playing in central defence because the other three have all been injured and I have played some games wide right in midfield.

“People just look at results and jump to the wrong conclusions. They think we have lost form or confidence and struggled but that’s not the case.

“The fact is there have been times when we have had all of our best back four missing at the same time and the heart ripped out of the midfield.”

Hall says he wants the accolade of being leading scorer and knows Savory feels the same – but he insists they would both prefer the big prize of promotion, rather than fleeting, individual glory.

Hall said: “Strikers are greedy, that is part of our game. I’m no different as I want to play for the team but have one eye on the personal targets. But as long as we get promotion one way or the other, I’ll be happy and so will Aiden.

“If we win the title because he gets a hat-trick, I’ll just have to make sure I’m the leading scorer in the Conference (Blue Square) North next season to set the record straight.”