24th September 2021 - Bromley Heath Boss wants "spirit and commitment"
CRAIG Britton wants his Bromley Heath United battlers to start regularly replicating the “spirit and commitment” they showed in Saturday’s splendid first success of 2021-22.
Strikes by Antonio Nurse and Kaylen Edwards saw the Pomphrey Hill hosts to a 2-0 victory over Rockleaze Rangers, to issue a warning to the rest of the Marcliff Gloucestershire County League membership they can yet be a force to be reckoned with this term.
After three losses and a goalless draw with Hardwicke, Britton’s Bromley were at last able to celebrate the clinching of a prized three points, leading their relieved and delighted manager to chirp: “We’re feeling a lot better now. That’s what can happen when you have 11 players out there running their hearts out for each other.
“Until Saturday we’d struggled to find the net; in fact we’d only scored twice in our first five league and cup games, while at the other end we had been conceding silly goals.
“There were reasons for that, such as not being able to put the same back four out from game to game. Most clubs at our level have struggled with player availability due to festivals and the like, having been effectively locked up for two years because of the pandemic. Injuries have helped nothing either.
“It did help on Saturday having Cam Gardiner back in there at centre-half alongside Olly Amos, as they form a good combination. Cam had been working his way back from injury with our reserves and is a physical and dominating presence.”
Britton is urging more of the same from his rejuvenated team when they set off for an away encounter with Broadwell Amateurs tomorrow (3pm).
And he said of Bromley’s current and future prospects: “I feel that when we’re at our best, and with pretty much everyone available for selection, we should be looking at cementing a position in the top half of the table.
“The club as a whole is in a decent place. Our reserves, under Sam Iles and Aiden Cousins, have potentially the strongest side we’ve put out at the level in a long time, playing in the Suburban Senior Division.
“Our third team, in Suburban League Three, are run by Mitch Williams and Oscar Williams who are trying hard to develop young lads, which can only be good for them and us as a whole. And that’s not to mention a junior section pretty much full with age groups from under-4 to under-16.
“As far as the future goes, if the opportunity came along, funds were in place and our best players could be retained, I’d like to think we could make a push for the Western League.”
Britton said of tomorrow’s Broadwell bout: “It’s always a tough place to go, just like a lot of other Forest of Dean clubs.
“As I said to my players after Saturday’s win, that performance – the standard of work-rate, organisation, attitude and discipline – has set a higher bar now for us to keep targeting.
“We were quite short on numbers against Rockleaze too; but with a few lads coming back, it’s the ones who did so well on Saturday who have the shirts for the minute.”
Rockleaze Rangers, meanwhile, strive to hit back immediately from their Bromley blow when they entertain Sharpness at Hillside Gardens tomorrow.
Game of the day is at the Creek where Shirehampton and Wick, who parade an identical record level pegging at the top with 13 points each after five unbeaten appearances, collide for a tasty top-table tussle, whilst at the opposite end of the table Hanham Athletic aim to peg their first point or more to the board when they host Gala Wilton.
Patchway Town face a tough trip to play a Frampton United team boasting perfect winning four-game form to date, and winless Henbury and Little Stoke, stung by Saturday’s 3-0 home defeat by English Bicknor, also hit the road for meetings with Hardwicke and Quedgeley Wanderers respectively.
All games continue to kick off at 3pm.