Glos County Plum­mer’s men look well set to main­tain push for ti­tle

Bristol Post - - SPORT - Si­mon PARKINSON post­[email protected]

This year we have older heads to count on and we’ve been do­ing bet­ter un­der pres­sure be­cause of it

LE­BEQ United’s ex­pe­ri­enced skip­per Twaine Plum­mer weighed up his side’s po­si­tion at the head of the Mar­cliff Glouces­ter­shire County League lad­der and de­clared: “We have to ram home our ad­van­tage this time.”

The 32-year-old cen­tre-half, a for­mer front-man with Rad­stock Town, Odd Down, Bris­ling­ton, Bris­tol Manor Farm, Taun­ton Town and Brad­ford Town among oth­ers, ad­mits last sea­son’s pro­mo­tion miss had been a “big dis­ap­point­ment” af­ter a promis­ing start had set the pulses rac­ing within the Oak­lands Park camp.

In­stead, they had to suf­fer the agony of watch­ing Thornbury Town breeze past them to land not only the league ti­tle but el­e­va­tion to non-League Step 6 Hel­lenic League sta­tus.

Plum­mer, who hits the na­tion’s screens with reg­u­lar ap­pear­ances on Chan­nel 4’s Gog­gle­box along­side broth­ers Tris­tan, now a Frome Town per­former, and Tre­maine, be­lieves he knows why Le­beq slipped out of the reck­on­ing in 2017-18 and feels they are much bet­ter equipped now to deal with the con­sid­er­able chal­lenges to come.

“We had a very young side and our game-man­age­ment wasn’t all it could be at times,” he said. “We’d go gung-ho go­ing for more goals in the lat­ter stages of games and that ap­proach cost us vi­tal points. And in­juries didn’t help ei­ther.

“This year we have older heads to count on and we’ve been do­ing bet­ter un­der pres­sure be­cause of it.”

That in­jec­tion of ex­pe­ri­ence in­cludes left-back Aaron Corn­wall, goal­keeper Amin Jones, cen­tral mid­fielder James Hall, exBris­ling­ton winger Fabian McCarthy, for­mer Cleve­don play­ers Kevin Ca­margo and Mitchell Page, plus vet­eran for­mer Hallen striker Tom Col­lett, who is on a dual-reg­is­tra­tion agree­ment with Cribbs.

“Kevin has been such a calm and classy pres­ence in our mid­field and James is our en­gine in there, our legs, who makes us tick as an old-fash­ioned tack­ling type,” said Plum­mer. “Hav­ing lads like these who have played at a higher level has helped a lot.

“We also have Rick (TJ) Davis, a ver­sa­tile at­tacker, on dual-reg­is­tra­tion from Frome, although un­for­tu­nately he picked up a knee in­jury play­ing for the Sun­day side in our (4-1) FA Sun­day Cup de­feat by Port­land in Croy­don re­cently.

“We’re not sure how long he’ll be out for and it’s a shame as he was a big part of our side last sea­son.

“We have quite a few dual-reg­is­tered play­ers in­clud­ing my brother Tris­tan, Neikell, my cousin, and my nephew Elan.

“Cameron Brown is an­other very good player, a lux­ury No 10 type who rose through Bris­tol City’s ranks when Bobby Reid was there and is one who can eas­ily play at a much higher level as he makes his way back from an ACL in­jury.”

Le­beq head into to­mor­row’s away en­counter with 11th-placed Henbury (2pm) en­joy­ing a four­point lead at the sum­mit, and Plum­mer said: “We’re very ex­cited and feel this should be our year.

“That’s the goal and ex­pec­ta­tion in the chang­ing room.

“Every time we play in this league peo­ple tell us we should be per­form­ing in a higher league and that can lead to ex­tra pres­sure. But then we put pres­sure on our­selves any­way.

“We’re tar­get­ing the Western League and had any­one said to me five years ago, when we were set­ting out as a Satur­day team as part of a his­toric com­mu­nity setup on Sta­ple­ton Road, that we could find our­selves in with a shout of en­ter­ing the FA Cup over the next few years, I’d have strug­gled to be­lieve it.

“It’s in our own hands but we have to keep go­ing be­cause there is un­doubted threat from the likes of Frampton, Stone­house and Ruardean Hill.”

Else­where to­mor­row, there’s a big base­ment bat­tle in store at Jar­ratts Road (3pm) where Southmead host an AEK Boco out­fit buoyed by last week­end’s splen­did 2-1 win at Frampton.

It’s derby day at Scott Park (2pm) as Patchway Town and Lit­tle Stoke lock horns, while Rock­leaze Rangers en­ter­tain Stone­house Town on their new Hill­side Gar­dens 3G (3pm) and Hanham Ath­letic wel­come Wick to Vicarage Road (2pm).

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