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BLOG: Nervous times ahead for Brimsdown FC

Where did March go? Well, it started fantastically and then went sort of downhill a bit as the Brimsdown FC band-wagon wheels started to wobble writes NLD blogger Lee Okugbeni

After not conceding a goal in February, on the way to picking up important wins, we were comfortably third with a lot of momentum. We had shaken off the stress of losing three first teamers to Enfield Town and we had even dealt with a few injury worries, so all was well in the camp.

We started the month with a resounding 7-3 home thumping of the often difficult Wolverton Town, which coincided with a surprise 0-0 draw against Aston Clinton for 2nd placed Kent Athletic, putting us 2nd in the league. Cue happy face.

We then had a real tricky home encounter vs Aston Clinton midweek, which we won 2-1, but Aston gave us a hard time and the players were thoroughly drained after that game. We played a patient game, as Aston got behind the ball, but it felt that given that much pressure we would eventually score, which we did, but not until we had gone a goal down and there was less than 20 minutes on the clock.

That set us up for a great weekend, as we were at home to Old Bradwell, while our two nearest rivals had to slug it out with eachother. Second placed Kent Athletic were playing 4th place New Bradwell St Peter.

We would have preferred a draw, but Kent won which was the better result for us, however, we came across a resilient and motivated Old Bradwell at home, who held us to a 0-0 draw. Only the second time we have not scored all season and a first at home.

We were still second, and all was not lost; we had a week off but then we had Kent Athletic at home, so a result there would restore our cushion. Only thing is that Kent obviously did not read our script and they played very well and won 2-1.

Signal wailing and gnashing of teeth.

We were third, and had lost our points advantage over New Bradwell, with them winning their game that week and the week before when we did not play.

The Limers bounced back with an excellent home victory over an organised Totternhoe side on the last day of the month but now remain precariously poised going into April.

We have a home game vs New Bradwell that now has 'Decider' written all over it and we have three other games to make things right.

New Bradwell have the hardest run-in, as they have to play all top 3 sides. Ourselves and Kent Athletic have it a bit easier, so who knows where we will be by the end of April.

Second? Third? Fourth?

There are no guarantees on how many clubs will go up to Division One. If it is two then we are ok, as only us and New Bradwell have the facilities for promotion. If it is one, then it will be disastrous for either of us. Both clubs are targeting promotion and have prepared accordingly, so watch this space, we have four games left.

The joy and the ecstacy only comes when it's over. The pain and sacrifice is ever-present.

Lee Okugbeni

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