31st October 2020 - Bromley Heath Boss wants more of the same
CRAIG Britton is urging his revitalised Bromley Heath United players to produce more of the same at home against Hardwicke tomorrow (2pm).
Frustrated and concerned by a run of four straight defeats from the Marcliff Gloucestershire County League campaign’s commencement, Britton’s boys have suddenly clicked into gear and with some gusto and potency too.
Not only did Bromley Heath follow up a 4-0 home loss at the hands of Wick in the league with a 7-1 away mauling of Ruardean Hill Rangers in the Les James League Cup to ignite their fortunes three weeks back, but seven days later they were registering precious first points by powering past visiting Hanham Athletic 5-1.
Britton’s battlers had eyed more of the same away against Gala Wilton last weekend until Covid-19 concerns expressed within both camps led to an unfortunate postponement.
Both teams are happily back on the starting blocks tomorrow, with Britton hoping his charges can pick up where they left off when Hardwicke come to Pomphrey Hill for an intriguing joust.
"The last two games have been brilliant," chirped Britton. “The confidence you can get from results and performances like those is massive and now we’re hoping to build on that and kick on.
"It seems to be a habit of ours, starting seasons slowly as we did when we first joined the league last year before getting our act together better.
"Having a few key players missing through injury at the start of this season didn’t help, although I felt even in losing 4-0 against Wick that some green shoots were starting to show.
"We were never four goals worse than them and at only 1-0 down inside the first hour we were well in it until we gave away a silly penalty and fell apart a bit after that.”
The Bromley boss has welcomed two key performers in “talented” new teenage keeper Joel Manning and midfielder Tom Shopland back from the treatment room.
And he feels the signings of pacy former Oldland Abbotonians winger Antonio Nurse, who has two goals to his name in three appearances, from Bishop Sutton; rapid striker Kaylen Edwards from Stockwood, who netted two debut goals in the Ruardean Hill cup thrashing, and Tiago Mateus, another quick flank man who joined over pre-season before heading to Portugal for family reasons before scoring in both Ruardean Hill and Hanham successes, have "made a difference."
"Joel is a really promising and talented goalie at only 16 or 17 and it’s good that he’s back from a hamstring injury,” Britton said.
"We picked him and Kaylen up from St Brendan’s College through a contact there who just so happens to be my brother Jake!
"We as a team just need to carry on in the same vein now although Saturday against Hardwicke will be tough as while we’ve yet to face them since joining the County League, we know that all Gloucester-based clubs are well organised and physical and we need to be ready for that.
"As far as the season goes I just hope we can all complete it first and foremost and that we can finish in the top half, something I feel we’re well capable of doing with the squad we have now."