All eyes on promotion as Brightlingsea Regent prepare for Ryman football on and off the field
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These are exciting times for Brightlingsea Regent. The Thurlow Nunn Premier Division title-chasers are flying high towards the upper reaches of the table and look likely to create their own history with promotion into the Ryman North.
Regent sit in second place in the league as things stand and with games still in hand on current league-leaders Hadleigh, look certain to seal a top-three finish - one that would gain them promotion.
However, to do so, Regent must pass a ground inspection from authorities and all hands have been on deck at North Road recently as a decision is to be made before this coming Monday (December 31) whether or not Brightlingsea have the adequate facilities to go up.
In fact, just as I’m speaking to boss James Webster, he takes time off from helping his chairman and volunteers alike putting the roof on their recently acquired stand - a necessity for Ryman level.
“We’ve had some superb reaction from local businesses and sponsors, as a club, we can’t thank everyone who has helped in any way possible enough,” said Webster.
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“One local company has just kindly donated two massive lorry loads of concrete so we can create the path as required by the stand.
“It’s certainly been a case of all hands on deck here but hopefully it’ll all be worth it.”
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Inspectors are expected tomorrow with a decision pending between then and Monday.
“It’s been a nervy week but we’ve all got our fingers crossed,” added Webster.
As well as working on their stand, Brightlingsea had to buy a male and female toilet block, something that has been a bit of a problem at Regent today.
“We’ve had to cart the block on the lorry across the pitch, with 80 fire doors littered across the field so hopefully it doesn’t ruin it!” exclaimed Webster.
“Tonight and tomorrow are likely to be very busy days but hopefully it will all be worthwhile, even the players are coming up to help out later!”
Regent will learn their fate in the next coming days and if successful, still have 10 league games to ensure that they are a Ryman North outfit next season.