‘Level playing field next season,’ says WaltonBy Adam Lee
April 20, 2009
Bracknell Town FC's manager believes the future could look a bit brighter if the club holds out.
Byron Walton says if the club can hold out and avoid relegation from British Gas Division 1 South & West, the future could look a bit brighter at Larges Lane.
The Robins have been hit harder than most by the financial downturn, but Walton predicts even more clubs will fall victim to the recession.
With little to no funds available for players this season, it is no surprise Bracknell have been fighting for their lives at the wrong end of the table.
However, if Robins can secure their position in the division in their final three games, Walton is sure the competition will become much fiercer next season as the number of cash-strapped clubs grows.
“Continuity (of the team) hasn’t been a the big issue this season – the big issue has been the lack of money,” said Walton.
“The teams with the least money will find themselves near the bottom of the table.
“We don’t have any money, Taunton don’t have any money, and Winchester started the season with no money, although they’ve found someone to invest a bit now – that’s why their results have started to pick up.
“Everyone at the club wants to stay up and I think if the club can hold on, they might find a few more teams in the same position next season.
“A lot of clubs aren’t going to be able to spend as much as they have done and it could well be more competitive next season.
“It’s been a struggle now for quite a few years for Bracknell to stay up in this division, but if we can hold on it should be a more level playing field next season.
“Bracknell is a big place but we don’t really get a big crowd so there’s not a lot of money coming through the gate.”
The next five days see Bracknell play perhaps their two most important games of the season.
Robins have home advantage when they take on Cirencester Town on Saturday (kick off 3pm), before playing Uxbridge on Tuesday (kick off 7.45pm).
Walton is concentrating on motivating the players for these games, and is hoping to welcome back Dean Thomas and Chris Geary for Saturday’s visit of Cirencester.
“It’s important to try and get something on Saturday and that should set us up well for Tuesday,” said the Robins boss.
“I’d rather be in our position because we have a game in hand over Taunton and have a point more than Winchester, but we’ve just got to keep working hard as a unit.
“It’s all in our hands now, and if we can get a win on Saturday, hopefully the other results will go our way.
“We’ll be going all out to get wins in both the games because the confidence is pretty good in the squad.
“Hopefully we should have nearly everyone back fit and available and there should be a bit more competition for places.
“We didn’t have a lot of strength on the bench on Saturday, but hopefully if we have to change things we’ll have more options on the bench.”