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Promotion hopes rising at Brimsdown FC


As we move into March, we at Brimsdown FC, find ourselves third in the league, with a game on Saturday and another on Tuesday, writes NLD blogger Lee Okugbeni.

If we win both, we go second.

Getting to this point has been a long road, in a very short time.  We formed the club for last season and entered Division Two of the Molten Spartan South Midlands League, Step 7.  
We finished 2nd from bottom last year after a promising start and a difficult winter, playing what was, essentially, a squad of under 21s.

This season, we brought in a new manager, who in turn, brought in some exceptional players, some with professional experience. That experience and know-how, along with our young players, has enabled us to get to where we are now.

The encumbent Champions, Hale Leys Utd look like runaway League Champions again, as they played 18 games before they dropped a point.  Those dropped points came at our ground when we drew 2-2,after being 2-0 up at half time. Gutted is not the word, as they gave us a 3-0 nosebleed at their place in October - with ten men.

Anyway, they do not have the facilities to go up to Step 6.  
Neither does the team that is second, Kent Athletic.

The prize for going up, besides a great party, is the FA Vase and the opportunity to apply to enter the FA Cup the following year.

We are third, but we are third with issues. 

We have the facilities to be promoted, but so do New Bradwell St Peter, the team behind us in fourth, who also happen to have a game in hand on us.

Are you keeping up?

Well, what happens in March is that we all play eachother. We have 5 home games, where we are still unbeaten this season.  One of those games, is against Kent Athletic. 

We lost three players to Ryman Premier team, Enfield Town last month, which has hurt us, however, we have managed to keep on winning. We left it double late at the weekend though, when we missed a penalty in the 88th minute and somehow nicked a 1-0 winner in injury time. 
Needed my brown cordroys for that game. It was not the only one in February, where we left it late either.

So looking forward to this week, we have Wolverton Town at home, whom we have played three times without a win. 

We were 3-0 up in this fixture last year, only to draw 3-3. We also drew this season at their place, so although we would be favourites, last week's close shave against one of the league strugglers should keep us alert. 

Clean sheets in the last three games has been a comfort, as, although the boys certainly know where the goal is, we have been leaky at the back (I know that feeling after the game at the weekend).

It adds to the stress if you concede most games, so the defensive improvement has been noticeable.

There is one issue that helps our push for promotion.  

Our rivals need to play each other twice before the end of the season. Yes TWICE.
As long as we keep winning, a strong caviat, they will drop points against us regardless of what happens, which may be just what we need, given New Bradwell's game in-hand - and, of course, the minor fact that they have been smashing teams in the league.

So roll on Saturday


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