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  • Writer's pictureRob Stevens

Britwell are re-galvanised and have the backing of the community ahead of Premier Division run-in

PICTURE: Britwell are the current favourites to win the Premier Division title this season but, will have to beat an in-form Hype Train team to remain in front of the chasing pack with less than two weeks of the season remaining. PHOTO: Gary House Photography.

Britwell manager John Brennan is confident his team has the full support of the local community heading into a crucial final two weeks in the season.

The Premier Division title race has reached its boiling point and the Steamteam take on the Presidents Cup winners, Hype Train, in a Showcase Match at Burnham FC on Wednesday night (7.30pm).

Britwell has been at the top of the table for much of the campaign but, their title chances appeared to have gone up in smoke after a run of just one win in four league games between January and March.

The Challenge Cup proved decisive in rebuilding lost momentum as the Steamteam wrote their names into the history books as the inaugural winners of the competition - beating Winkfield Reserves 2-1 in the final.

A crucial 2-1 win at rivals Old Windsor on Saturday has made Britwell favourites for the title once again, and Brennan knows the community is fully behind his side in the final three matches.

PHOTO: Premier Division title favourites, Britwell, take on Presidents Cup winners, Hype Train in a Showcase Match at Burnham FC on Wednesday night (7.30pm).

He said: “Reflecting on our recent wins and the recent work we’ve done, everyone has been elated and more so from my community because I’m a Britwell boy.

“We had a lot of fans at the Challenge Cup final and that was a great day, the energy and togetherness was second-to-none.

“And against Old Windsor on Saturday, in a very, very important game, we had a lot of guys from the Council estate down to cheer us on as well as a lot of backing on social media.

“To win that game for them, and to see the elation and energy that everyone had afterwards, it meant a lot to me.

“It was a proud day but I know for a fact that the work isn’t done. One thing that this season has taught me is, we need to be on our A-game all the time.”

PHOTO: Britwell have already written their names into the history books this season after becoming the first-ever team to win the Challenge Cup.

Brennan however, is not underestimating a red-hot Hype Train side that has also written their names into the history books this season, winning the Presidents Cup in their 100th club match.

The Hype have climbed out of the relegation zone and into the top-half in the table in recent weeks, winning in four of their last five matches in all competitions.

Brennan commented: “Hype Train are difficult opposition. They bring a number of problems with the things that they’re good at and we will not be taking them for granted, no chance at all.

“We’ve got a job to do. We’re in a grove at the moment off the back of a couple of good wins and we’ve got that feel-good factor again. We’ve galvanised the dressing room and really ready to open up the gears now, see out this season and take it where it goes. Hopefully, it’ll go the way we want it to and we will get that win.

“I’ll add also that we’ve got a full listed squad, about 20-odd names to choose from, and we will whittle that down to 16. We’ve got a full-strength squad and everyone is chomping at the bit, which is brilliant, very good.”

Britwell remaining matches

H v Hype Train (Wednesday 18 May, 7.30pm, Burnham)

A v Frontline (Saturday 21 May, 2pm)

A v Hype Train (Wednesday 25 May, 6pm)

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