22nd Feb, 2019

Protherough plays down promotion hopes

Bromsgrove Editorial 20th Mar, 2015 Updated: 17th Oct, 2016

HEAD coach Dan Protherough has played down Bromsgrove’s promotion chances ahead of their trip to third placed Peterborough Lions tomorrow (Saturday).

The Finstall Park side are currently eight points behind Hinckley who occupy National Three Midlands’ promotion play off place with four games remaining.

A victory at Bretton Park would keep alive their hopes of securing a return to National Two, but with Sandbach, Scunthorpe and leaders South Leicester still to play, Protherough insisted his side are a “long shot” in the race for second place.

“If we win all four games there is an outside chance that we could finish second,” he said. “They are all tough so we are going to have to turn up absolutely on our game every week, which I don’t think we have done this year.

“The last two away trips have been situations where we could have and should have won, but we haven’t, so it is going to be really important to knuckle down and get our attitude right and if that’s right we have got a good chance of winning it.

“We have just got to finish the season as strong as we can. We knew this would be a consolidation year after getting relegated last year.

“We have brought in a number of new players who have done very well, learned about the club and the way we play, so it is a good spring board for next year.

“But if things go our way you never know.”

Protherough, who is set to welcome back Gino Belmonte, said his side will have to end their run of poor starts to matches to stand a chance of beating Peterborough.

“Quite few times this season we have start slowly, so we will need to put that right on Saturday because you can’t give teams ten or 15 points leads and expect us to keep pulled it back,” he said.

“We will also need to win the forward battle and if we compete well at scrum time and lineouts then we have got the ability to move them around the pitch enough so they run out of steam.”

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