CKS SWIFTS have secured their finals opportunity by locking in third spot with a win over Harrow Balmoral in the Horsham District Football League.
With a top three finish the goal set at the start of the season, the hard work for Swifts is not complete yet, but the fight is nowhere near as hard from third position.
Coach Paul Hanns used Swifts past finals as motivation when they were down by 15 points at three quarter time.
"The message was simple, how much did we want that top three spot," Hanns said
"After finishing fourth or fifth for the last few years and fighting through finals the hard way, they all knew how important a win was."
The game was in the balance right up until the final siren sounded.
Swifts started well, having more of the play, but weren't able to convert from the number of opportunities they had.
When Harrow Balmoral went forward they were able to use the ball more efficiently and finish with a goal.
With a five point lead going into quarter time, Hanns stressed to the players they needed to stretch this lead.
The second quarter was also close with Swifts leading by one straight kick.
At times Swifts failed to get an even spread at the contests which allowed Harrow Balmoral to move the ball around with ease.
Swifts looked to be down and out in the third term and it appeared they had nothing more to give.
At three quarter time the margin had jumped out to three goals.
Something clicked in the final term, allowing Swifts to take the points and ensure they reaped the rewards of third place.
"It was mind over matter in that last quarter," Hanns said.
The belief in each other is well and truly there now and the club as a whole was rapt to have defeated Harrow Balmoral away, as it is a first in eight years.
Sean Mantell was in everything for Swifts, running the lines and winning the hard ball.
Julian Carr and Ben Martin both finished with four goals, while Scott Carey and Zach Salmi had plenty of the ball.
Swifts 14.11.95 defeated Harrow Balmoral 12.8.80.