Knowing our lads, they will be up for it and are more than capable on their day of beating anyone, which they have shown and proved constantly since we took over, says FC Elmstead's Rob Curtis
FC ELMSTEAD assistant manager Rob Curtis says there is no pressure on his side ahead of the visit of much-fancied Punjab United tomorrow.
Newly-promoted Punjab United arrive at Oakley Road sitting in second-place in the Southern Counties East Football League First Division table with 40 points from 17 games, level on points with leaders K Sports, whom they played out a goal-less draw against last weekend.
FC Elmstead are enjoying their best ever campaign at this level and go into the game sitting in the top-five, with 27 points from their 16 league outings.
Marc Bentz’s men came away from struggling Crockenhill with a 4-3 win last Saturday.
“Although by our own standards that we set it wasn't the best performance, we grinded out the win in the end and sometimes you have to do that in football, especially coming to this stage of the season,” said Curtis.
“We’ll take valuable lessons from that game into our next one tomorrow.
“Tomorrow’s game proves a much different test as we are playing Punjab who as everyone knows are going very well and are looking to win the league this year, I'm sure.
“However, with that comes pressure on their behalf and we go into this game as the underdogs, which I see as a positive for us.
“Knowing our lads, they will be up for it and are more than capable on their day of beating anyone, which they have shown and proved constantly since we took over.
“We currently sit in fifth position in the league going into the Christmas period and we have a couple games in hand here and there on the teams around us except for Fisher, so it's a relatively good position to be in.
“We have a week off after Punjab then we host Kent Football United on the 23rd, another big game against a team in and around us. Last time out we beat them on penalties in the Cup although should have had it sown up in the 90 minutes.
“We then have another break until 6 January, so we haven't got a busy Christmas but an important one which we look to set ourselves in good stead for the second half of the season in order to push on up the league as far as possible but we take it one game at a time and go from there.
“Hopefully the little break we have will benefit us.”
FC Elmstead v Punjab United
Southern Counties East Football League First Division
Saturday 9th December 2017
Kick Off 3:00pm
at 68 Oakley Road, Bromley, Kent BR2 8HG