Time is run­ning out on Bray’s pro­mo­tion push

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BRAY Wan­der­ers are down the league table and out of the play­off spots.

Down and out but they have eight matches re­main­ing in which to fix things. Cast your eyes upon the league table now and it is a tad grim.

The Seag­ulls need to fin­ish in at least fourth to en­ter the play­offs and even if they achieve that, they’d have to over­come three oth­ers clubs – over six matches – in or­der to earn pro­mo­tion back to the top flight.

As things stand, Gary Cronin’s charges lan­guish in sixth; seven points be­hind fourth (Cabo), eight be­hind third (Long­ford) and 10 be­hind sec­ond (Drogheda). Bray’s goal dif­fer­ence is slightly bet­ter than Cabin­teely’s (+2) but worse than Long­ford’s (-4) and Drogheda’s (-10) with Bray still to play both Long­ford and Drogheda.

Even if Bray were to blitz all eight of their re­main­ing op­po­nents, they’d still re­quire favourable re­sults else­where but in this di­vi­sion, the only cer­tain thing is how un­cer­tain re­sults could be.

Wan­der­ers have to look at their next five matches and ex­pect to ac­crue at least 13 points if they’re serious about a top four fin­ish.

Lim­er­ick are next up at home and have been dec­i­mated with de­par­tures in re­cent weeks.

A trip to Gal­way is never easy but Bray have al­ready earned three points up there and should do so again. Athlone visit the Carlisle next and they are a shadow of the side that shocked Bray last time at the sea­side venue.

Wex­ford also raised eye­brows when they de­feated Bray at Fer­rycar­rig Park but they have also lost many play­ers and are a dif­fer­ent prospect than pre­vi­ously. A home tie with Cobh rounds off the winnable quin­tet and Cobh are in­con­sis­tent and poor on their trav­els.

Un­less Bray se­cure the vast, vast ma­jor­ity of the points on offer they will leave them­selves with a moun­tain to climb. Bray’s last three fix­tures see them take on the top three – two of those away from home.

Shels could pos­si­bly even se­cure the ti­tle the night that Bray visit Tolka Park.

Bray are on their trav­els again the fol­low­ing week at the City Call­ing Sta­dium be­fore con­clud­ing the reg­u­lar sea­son at home to Drogheda.

That tie could be a spec­tac­u­lar, win­ner takes-all tie; it could be crucial for Bray to win or it could be a dead-rub­ber. Only time will tell but time is run­ning out for Bray this sea­son.

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