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  • Writer's pictureRob Stevens

Mitchell Cumber confident that Stoke Poges are playing better football ahead of Showcase Match event

PICTURE: Stoke Poges take on Virginia Water Reserves in an E.B.F.L Showcase Match at the 1878 Stadium, the home of Burnham F.C. on Friday 2nd February (7.30pm). You can purchase tickets for the event using the weblink below.

Stoke Poges captain Mitchell Cumber is confident his team is playing better football this season and can avoid relegation from the East Berkshire Football League Premier Division.

Stoke were relegated from the top flight two seasons ago but made an immediate return when running away with the Division One title last year - winning all bar one of their league matches, a defeat to runners-up Sandhurst Reds on the penultimate weekend of the campaign.

Poges are gearing up for a crucial Showcase Match event against an in-form Virginia Water Reserves side at The 1878 Stadium, home of Burnham F.C., on Friday 2nd February (7.30pm).

Stoke are currently second from bottom in the Premier Division table and four points from safety but, Cumber believes his side knows what it takes to pick up the results needed to beat the drop this time around.

The man who wears the armband said: “I feel like we’ve had a mixed season. After a poor start we had a really positive push towards Christmas, and hopefully we can look to continue that well into the New Year.

“I believe that we will stay up. I think that, having been in this position before, we know what it’s going to take. We’ve shown that in a lot of games this season and also with some of our results, we’re more than capable of beating teams and picking up more results from all over the league.”

Stoke Poges have shown signs of improvement this winter, with three wins from their previous five matches in all competitions, including reaching the Quarter Finals in the Ascot & Fielden District Charity Cup competition.

Poges held Virginia Water to a goalless draw when the two sides last met in the League just before the Winter Break. Finding the back of the net might be a problem for Stoke in this Showcase Match event, only Sandhurst have scored fewer goals than Poges in the Premier Division, whilst The Waters have the best defensive record in the league so far this season.

Cumber commented: “The Showcase game will, hopefully, allow us to show people how we’ve progressed as a team from the past few years despite our current league position. As a team, we feel as though we’re playing better football this season, even with that step up, and hopefully the Showcase game will allow us to show that.”

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