Time is running out on Bray’s promotion push
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.