Greenwich Borough boss Gary Alexander: We’ve got 18 games to go, we’re in the pack so who knows? In 18 games we’ll see where we’re at

Wednesday 03rd January 2018

GREENWICH BOROUGH manager Gary Alexander says he wants his side to go on a run in their last 18 games to keep their promotion bid alive.

The Borough climbed up to fourth-place in the Bostik South table following their home goal-less stalemate against fellow promotion rivals Cray Wanderers on New Years Day.

After thrashing Sittingbourne 5-1 at home on 16 December, it has been a decent festive period for Alexander’s weakened side.

A 4-0 home win over Guernsey followed before three days later, on Boxing Day, they came away from local rivals Phoenix Sports with a 2-0 win.  That was followed by a 2-1 win down in Ramsgate on 30 December, before the stalemate on the first day of 2018.

Lewes (57 points from 27 games) and Cray Wanderers (55 points from 26) remain in the automatic promotion places.

Corinthian-Casuals (53 points from 28); Greenwich Borough (52 points from 28); Walton Casuals (52 points from 28) and Carshalton Athletic (52 points from 27) make up the play-off quartet.

Carshalton Athletic boss Peter Adeniyi, who was in the crowd on Monday afternoon, knows his side are eight points clear of seventh-placed side Phoenix Sports.

“Listen, there’s still 18 games to go for us, 20 for some but there’s a long way to go, you can’t look at anything,” said Alexander (pictured, above) who guided the club to a third-place finish in their debut campaign at this level.

“There’s still teams that could put a run together, your Hythe’s or your Phoenix’s, they can put a run together and come and spoil the party so we won’t be taking everything for granted and we’ll take every game as it comes and prepare the right way.  In 18 games time we’ll see where we are.”

Next-up is a trip to ninth-placed Hastings United on Saturday, a side that have picked up 41 points from 27 games and have a history of finding a way to get close to the play-off zone come the end of the season.

“Hastings have picked up, they’re young and enthusiastic and I’m friends with their assistant manager (Steve Sallis) so we talk a lot so it will be an exciting game and they try and play so it will be a tough game.

“Every game is a tough game whether you’re playing top of the league or bottom of the league, so we have to prepare right for Hastings and if we do that we give ourselves the best chance to go and get the three points.”

When asked what 2018 can bring the club, Alexander, the former Millwall ace, replied: “Who knows? It depends.  We’ve got 18 games to go, we’re in the pack so who knows? In 18 games we’ll see where we’re at.  As the games get less and less we’ll get to see where we’ll be, whether that’s challenging for the league, or will it be play-offs or will we drop out of the play-offs?

“There’s 18 games to go, a little bad run of form could lead to anything!”

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Hastings United  v  Greenwich Borough
Bostik South Division
Saturday 6 January 2018
Kick Off 3:00pm
The Pilot Field, Elphinstone Road, Hastings, East Sussex TN34 2AX