When you are asking players to pay, it becomes very tough, especially these days, says Bridon Ropes' boss Mark Murison

Friday 21st April 2017

BRIDON ROPES’ player-manager Mark Murison says it was nice to pick up six points over the Easter period.


The Charlton-based outfit will finish in the top seven in the Southern Counties East Football League First Division, having collected 54 points from their 35 league outings.

Bridon Ropes came away from Lydd Town with a 3-1 win on Easter Saturday, before they thrashed landlords Meridian VP 4-0 two days later.

“It was nice to get six points over the bank holiday weekend and with two good performances,” said Murison.

“Meridian is always a tough one as they are our rivals but we managed the game well and the team delivered on the planned tactics perfectly to make it an enjoyable afternoon for the players’ and the committee.”

Bridon Ropes complete their campaign with a trip to Chislehurst to play Eltham Palace tomorrow.

“Tomorrow’s focus is all about ending the season on a high and to continue the good run we have been on lately,” said Murison.

“In terms of league position, the match does not change anything as we have secured seventh and cannot catch sixth, but it is important to get three more points on the board and keep the confidence high and try to take this into pre-season.”

Reflecting on the campaign, Murison said; “I am happy with how we have managed to secure seventh as it has been a tough campaign in many ways.

“As you know, players pay to play here and I felt in the summer that we had built a team that could compete at the top end of the table but when you have no budget you need a lot of luck and that has deserted us massively this year.

“We lost the spine of the team either through major injuries or moving on to other clubs.  When you lose seven key first-team players then you need to re-build mid-season and that is always tough for any team but when you are asking players to pay, it becomes very tough, especially these days.

“We have managed it and have been able to stay competitive throughout the season so I am proud of what the club has achieved this year but with a bit of luck we could have been slightly higher in the division but we will go again next year.”

Eltham Palace  v  Bridon Ropes
Southern Counties East Football League First Division
Saturday 22nd April 2017
Kick Off 3:00pm
At Foxbury Avenue, Chislehurst, Kent BR7 6SD