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  • Writer's pictureRob Stevens

'We can't afford to lose', declares Britwell boss, John Brennan ahead of Singh Sabha Showcase Match

PICTURE: Premier Division holders, Singh Sabha, clash with current table-toppers Britwell in the Showcase Match at Burnham this Friday (3pm).

Britwell manager John Brennan knows his side cannot afford to lose in the crunch Showcase Match against Singh Sabha at Burnham this Friday (7.30pm).

The Steamteam has led in the race for the Premier Division title since the opening day of the season and still have their noses in front of the pack, two points ahead of second-placed, KS Gryf.

The chasing pack have been closing the gap in recents weeks however and old rivals Singh Sabha are within striking distance in their pursuit of back-to-back title wins. The gap between the two sides in three points ahead of the mouth-watering clash under the lights at Burnham.

A win for either team would give them the momentum heading into the final third of the campaign and defeat could end their chances of raising the crown in May.

Brennan said: “Preparations have gone pretty well. We all trained on Tuesday and everyone’s firing.

“We’ve got a couple of boys missing due to [being involved with] a Cup final with their Sunday side and a couple of lads are injured but, it’s a strong squad nonetheless. We’ve got 16 available, which is more than enough.

“Everyone knows and is in no uncertain terms that this is a massive six-point game because, if we win, it will ultimately put us six points clear at the top of the table.

PICTURE: Britwell are three points ahead of their old rivals, Singh Sabha, in the Premier Division table ahead of the Showcase Match at Burnham this Friday (7.30pm).

“But, if Singh Sabha win, they’ll be level on points with us, with momentum and in the driving seat to go and get the title.

“We also need to take in consideration Old Windsor, you can’t count them out, they’re still in the background.

“This is a huge statement of intent we can make on Friday. We can’t afford to lose. This is the message I’m going to amplify to my players. I don’t think they’re under any illusions as to what the game means.”

The Britwell boss added: “It’s going to be a brilliant night for the East Berkshire League and for both Clubs, whatever the outcome. There’s going to be a bumper crowd down there.

“Again, this highlights the hard work the EBL is doing to give teams a showcase, a platform, and give them their moment in the sun. I applaud their work.”

Britwell would the reverse League fixture 3-1 back in September but, Singh Sabha won the most recent meeting between the two sides, 4-2 after extra time in the semi finals of the Slough Town Cup in February.

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