MANAGER Dave King admits Tividale's draw with Dudley Town has ended their outside chance of winning the West Midlands Premier League this season.

They have still played two games less than leaders Wolverhampton Sporting Community but are now 15 points adrift of the table-toppers following last Saturday's 2-2 away draw.

However, the boss says his players are determined to get back on track to bag second place.

He said: "There is still a lot of football to be played but you have to think it's Sporting's to lose now.

"We still want to finish second because the rumours are flying around that it could still be two that go up this year.

"We want to give ourselves every chance by finishing as strongly as possible. The next four games are like cup finals for us.

"The players are disappointed with the first half showing against Dudley and are keen to put that right."

Tivi found themselves 2-0 down against the Robins before hitting back to take a share of the spoils after the hosts had been reduced to 10 men in the first half.

Darragh Bustin's strike five minutes before the break got them back in it before Demetri Brown netted on 70 minutes to level matters.

King added: "We were very poor in the first half but Dudley deserve full credit for how they played.

"I don't think a break of 17 days without game helped us or having to play on the 3G pitch at Dudley as our first game back.

"But Dudley are a young, well-organised team and worked us very hard. They deserve a lot of credit for that.

"In the end, a combination of poor finishing and good goalkeeping meant we couldn't quite find the winner."

Dale were due to welcome Hereford Lads Club to the Beeches on Tuesday before going to Bridgnorth on Thursday and Bewdley this Saturday.