BROMSGROVE Sporting boss Brendan Kelly says he would view the season as a “failure” should the Rouslers fail to gain promotion, as the club prepare for a likely trip down the play-off route.
A 1-0 win over Cambridge City at the Victoria Ground last Saturday courtesy of Tom Taylor’s first-half header confirmed at least a second-place finish in Southern Division One Central, although Peterborough Sports can confirm the title and promotion this weekend.
With just three games left to play, Kelly provided his review of the Cambridge win, and re-iterated the importance of results at this stage of the season.
“I think we produced the response after the Barton draw in terms of the result, but not necessarily the performance.
“But at this point, it’s all about results now.
“Cambridge are in a false position in the table, so to get three points and a clean sheet was the perfect reaction.”
The Rouslers boss views the final three games of the season as an opportunity to give other squad members a chance, and spoke of his high expectation levels ahead of the fight for promotion.
“It gives us a chance to rotate and rest legs, we’ve got a core of players who have played consistently all season – playing in 30 or so games.
“I’m still wounded by not pushing the title closer, we let ourselves down a bit against Barton.
“My standards are extremely high, it’ll be a failure if we don’t go up this season.
“For us to finish 20 or so points ahead of another side in the play-offs and not go up would be a failure.”
Kelly looks ahead to the trip to Aylesbury United as a tough task, but says his side will prepare accordingly to try and claim another three points on the road.
“Since Ben (Williams, Aylesbury United manager) came in, he’s done a great job and they’ve climbed up the table – they’ve not always got the results but they’ve improved massively.
“We’ll prepare right for it and try and get the result.”
The Rouslers’ visit to Aylesbury on Saturday (3pm) is followed by Easter Monday’s fixture at the Victoria Ground against Coleshill Town (3pm), prior to the final fixture of the season away to Berkhamsted.