Bracknell Galaxy look for an interstellar display at FC FernhillBy Adam Lee
January 09, 2009
FC Fernhill have the opportunity to reclaim top spot in Division 2 of the Bracknell Town and District Sunday league when they face Bracknell Galaxy on Sunday at Bracknell Leisure Centre (kick off 10.30am).
Fernhill were elevated two divisions over the summer after finishing runners-up to FC Diligent in Division 4 last year.
And they have been in devastating form so far this year, dropping only two points in the league all season and scoring a remarkable 39 goals in the process.
But, after losing top spot in the league after a run of games in the cup, Fernhill have the chance to leapfrog current leaders Galaxy on Sunday.
However, Galaxy, who themselves are on the hunt for their third successive promotion after changing their name from GMAC FC, are sure to be no walkovers for the young Fernhill side.
Bracknell Galaxy on a decent run of form - joint manager Steve Champion.
Galaxy joint manager and top scorer Steve Champion is adamant that, despite their rivals’ record this season, his team can pull of a shock and deny Fernhill top spot – for the time being anyway.
“There’s not been many games for a while and we were on a decent run of form,” said 13-goal Champion.
“We’d won our last three games, but the last time we played was November 30.
“We could have done without having a really good team on our first game back.
“They are by far the best team in the division and I think we’re just keeping top spot warm for them at the moment.
“They haven’t played for a long time either but I’d definitely think we can give them a run for their money.”
Fernhill attacking midfielder Sam Whiting has scored 19 goals in all competitions this season, while striker Ben Knight lies just behind him in the goalscoring charts with 16.
And Champion knows that Galaxy must nullify the threat of those two if they are to stand a chance.
“I think Sam Whiting has scored more goals on his own than what the rest of our team has scored all season,” he said.
“He is quality and is their dangerman – they’ve got plenty of other decent players as well but we won’t be worrying about that – we’ll play our own game.
“We’ve recently signed a player called Joe Brockbank and he can play on either wing or up front.
“The last game we played – against the Prince – he scored four goals from the left wing so hopefully he’ll make a bit of an impact.
“I’ve not been doing too bad this year either.
“As I’ve got older I’ve put myself in a position where I don’t have to run as much – I should have had a few more, though.
“I’ve not scored a hat-trick yet – I get to two goals and then it seems I lose my bottle.
“I’m confident we can get something from the game as long as we put in a good performance.
“They’re not the sort of team you can turn up and have an off day against.”
'Impressed' with FC Fernhill's performance - boss Jeff Lawrence
Fernhill boss Jeff Lawrence has been impressed with the way that his side have performed in their first Division 2 season.
Their main rivals from last season, FC Diligent, were elevated straight to Division 1, but Lawrence believes going to Division 2 was the best option for his side, and believes they will have their chance to play against the Sunday League big boys in due course.
“I think Division 2 was probably the right one for us because it gives the younger lads more time to settle,” he said.
“I’d like to play in Division 1 next season, though, because I know the Prem is very physical and the majority of my players will still be under 21.
“I don’t mean any disrespect to the other teams, but my lads can run around happily for 90 minutes, whereas some of the other teams have older players who are there playing for fun - and fair play to them for that.
“This is our biggest game of the season so far, but I think if we don’t go on to win the division it will be a bit of a surprise."
Galaxy are the only team to have taken points from Fernhill this year, having claimed a 2-2 draw against them back in September.
And Lawrence is keen to put the record straight when the sides meet again on Sunday.
“Galaxy drew with us before, but they shouldn’t have done – we should have had at least two penalties,” he said.
“We’re confident. We know we should have beaten them last time so we want to make up for that.
“Any team can beat any other team on any given day, though.”
Elsewhere in Division 2, Dukes Head could potentially go second if they beat fourth-placed BMW when the sides meet.
In the Premier Division, two of last season’s top sides, Atletico Priestwood and Green Man go head to head looking to improve on their disappointing form, while leaders William Twigg face perhaps their toughest game of the season so far when they face Reading league giants Whitley Tavern at Great Hollands in the Berks & Bucks Intermediate Cup.
The incredibly tight Division 1 is still very much up for grabs, and leaders Woodley Hammers face Keltar Old Boys, FC Priestwood face FC Wokingham and Finchampstead Res travel to Winkfield Sports in the pick of the games.
In Division 3, Queens Head will be looking to close the gap on the leaders when they face FC Muchachos De Bracknell, while the game of the day in Division 4 sees leaders FC A1 Group take on third placed Loddon Valley Rangers.