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  • Writer's pictureRob Stevens

A great brotherhood is driving Frontline F.C. forward to challenge for the Premier Division title



PICTURE: Frontline have made a 'better than expected start to the season' and now in a position to challenge for the East Berkshire League Premier Division title this season.


Frontline Chairman Imran Bhatti is confident his team can mount a challenge for the East Berkshire League Premier Division title this season. 

Frontline have made an impressive start to the campaign and currently stand in third position in the table, six points behind leaders Old Windsor but having played one game fewer. 

Bhatti believes that a great brotherhood is driving the club forward, and that drive for success is now filtering down into the Youth teams – some of which will feature as mascots in the upcoming Showcase Match this Friday night. 

Bhatti said: “Our young squad plays the beautiful game with a strong passion and immense enjoyment which has created a great brotherhood and is driving the Club forward. A lot of time and effort has been dedicated on rebuilding the Club to instil ownership, accountability, commitment and dedication to high standards. With these attributes in place, and the experience and guidance of senior players, the team has taken each game at a time and every player has contributed towards the Club’s progress. 

“We’ve had a couple of poor results, and we know too well that in those game we allowed valuable points to slip away but, overall, the performance has been good. We've scored goals and kept clean sheets. 

“The start to the season has been good to us, better than we expected, and we are confident that we can deliver much more. There's no reason at all why we cannot challenge for the title. 

“It’s been a very long time since every player, coach, manager and supporter has believed in our ability like we believe this season. There’s so much positive energy contributing to great football and resulting in some very good results.  


PICTURE: Frontline toake on Singh Sabha in an East Berkshire League Showcase Match at the 1878 Stadium in Burnham on Friday night (7.30pm ko). Tickets are selling fast but still available at https://tktp.as/ERVAGB


“The passion to deliver and succeed is being driven by the growing success of our youth teams who are developing into good sides and will eventually be a part of the senior squad. The future of Frontline F.C. is looking bright.” 

Bhatti continued: “A structured and demanding training schedule together with the introduction of talented youngsters and experienced players has been instrumental in raising the Club’s expectations. Everyone at the Club has risen to this challenge and are continuously competing for a place in the match day squad which is getting strong as the season progresses. 

“There are a few technical aspects of the game we’re still working on and improving – scoring is on top of our list because we’re at least 20 goals short of where we could be.” 

Frontline take on rivals Singh Sabha in an East Berkshire League Showcase Match at the 1878 Stadium on Burnham on Friday night (7.30pm). It is a clash of two early season title contenders and Frontline will have to raise their game again, and find their scoring points, to leave with all three points. Frontline has never beaten Singh Sabha in any of the last seven previous East Berkshire League seasons. 

Bhatti speculated: “Every win is a step closer to the finishing line and a win in the Showcase Match would be very good as it will, no doubt, be in front of a very large number of supports from both sides. It promises to be a good game which the supporters will enjoy and, hopefully the younger ones will be inspired to play football for a long time to come. 

“It’s always good to win, it makes it that little bit better to do it against a strong team sitting above you in the table. And, to do it in front of supporters on a good surface under the lights would be brilliant. 

“Singh Sabha are a very good side and a dominant force in recent years with a very big and talented squad full of quality names who are sure to be involved in this game. However, it appears the unity in their camp is not the same as it was a few seasons ago when they were title winners. This could be their downfall in this game.” 

Bhatti added: “It’s an exciting time and there’s a real buzz in the Club. Everyone is looking forward to an evening of entertaining football from two very good sides. Both sets of players know each over very well, so it’s going to be a game of who will outsmart their opposite number. 

“It's an honour to be able to participate in this game, to showcase to surrounding teams what the quality of football is like in the East Berkshire League. Hopefully we can do our part to attract more teams for next season.  

“Our youth sides look up to the senior team as role models and are very excited at the prospect of being able to watch and support the side at a stadium under lights – it's not something that happens often.  

“Players and supporters alike are going to enjoy an entertaining game of football. Thank you to the East Berkshire League for allowing Frontline F.C. the opportunity to be a part of this Showcase event.” 

To enter the East Berkshire Football League ahead of the 2024/25 season, or for further information about the league, or an entry form for the upcoming season, please email the team at contactebfl@gmail.com




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