Holleran: there is still a job to do at Bideford

Brakes boss Paul Holleran wants his side to enjoy the final week of the season, but insists they cannot afford to lose focus at Bideford tomorrow.

Tuesday night’s 2-0 win at Chippenham followed a 1-1 draw at Weymouth to leave Leamington just a point away from securing the Southern League Premier title.

The prospect of a promotion party on the Devon coast has prompted a surge of interest among Brakes supporters, with large numbers expected to follow the team down to The Sports Ground.

However, with Bideford’s Premier Division survival still not assured, Holleran says his side cannot afford to treat the game as a jolly.

“It’s important that we prepare properly and don’t get sucked into any propaganda,” said Holleran.

“So far the players have controlled the situation brilliantly and when questions have been asked they’ve responded.

“They know we’ve still got a job to do and then hopefully we can enjoy the last week of the season.”

Irrespective of Brakes’ final three results, anything less than maximum points for Stourbridge from their last two games will hand Leamington the title.

The Glassboys have emerged from the pack to become their closest challengers after winning ten of their last 11.

But Holleran said it is important not to forgot the form of his own side, who have won seven and drawn two of their last nine.

“No one anticipated Stourbridge’s run of 31 points from a possible 33 and lesser teams would have cracked.

“They’ve knocked teams out of the way and Hemel weren’t able to deal with it.

“So to still be six points clear tells you just how well we’ve done.”

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