PICTURE: Singh Sabha are the new leaders in the Premier Division but manager, Zufran Asghar, knows the title race is far from over with a third of the season still to go.
Zufran Asghar has warned Singh Sabha not to drop points after watching his team take the lead in the race for the Premier Division title this season.
Singh Sabha leapfrogged long-time leaders Britwell into top spot after a 5-2 win in the Showcase Match at Burnham on Friday night.
Asghar believes their best first half performance this season was the key to beating their old rivals but, with still five matches to go, he warned against complacency.
Singh Sabha, the defending champions, are now ahead of Britwell on goals difference (level on 26 points), with 2019-20 title winners, Old Windsor, 10 points behind but with four matches in hand on both sides.
Asghar said: “The Showcase Match didn’t disappoint. The game was definitely worth it. It was an end-to-end game that had everything; entertainment, drama, penalties, good goals, mistakes and red cards - the lot.
“We’re glad we got the win. We started off really well and dominated the first half. It was probably the best first half we’ve played all season. We scored some really good goals and missed a host of chances but, the Britwell stand-in goalkeeper was really good, he saved them a lot.
“We dominated the early parts of the second half until we got a penalty and missed it. I think our heads dropped after that. Britwell got a little bit more confidence and forced us into mistakes. We were a little bit rattled at that stage, after missing the penalty.
“Britwell then went down to 10-men but that probably helped them because they started to play better. They got a penalty of their own which they scored and then equalised, and we were really on the back foot.
“But, our quality in the end came through. We got some late goals, one great individual effort by Karim Chaibi, who was probably one of the better players on the pitch on the night.
“I’m glad we got the three points after that first half performance. If we didn’t win the game, that would’ve been a real disappointment but, we got the win and it puts us in a good position now.”
PICTURE: Singh Sabha are the new leaders in the Premier Division after a 5-2 win against Britwell in the Showcase Match at Burnham on Friday night.
The Singh Sabha boss added: “There is still five games to go for both teams and still a lot to play for. We can’t afford to drop any more points or lose any games because Britwell will look to capitalise.
“We can’t underestimate Old Windsor also. They’re quietly going about their business and, if they win all their games, they’ll go top of the table.
“We’ve got to keep on going, take each game as it comes and hopefully, come the end of the season, we’re at the top of the table.
“I would be happy with that but we just have to see how things go because there is some quality teams in this League that can all takes points from each other.
“We have to be alert because we can’t afford to make mistakes and drop any points. Whoever wins this league will be deserved champions. I just hope it’s us.
“Britwell will be there or thereabout, the same for Old Windsor, and you don’t underestimate any other teams.”
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