Brantham Athletic’s rollercoaster start to the season takes them to Gorleston this weekend

Branthams joint player/manager Michael Brothers (blue), plays close attention to former Leiston tea

Branthams joint player/manager Michael Brothers (blue), plays close attention to former Leiston team mate Joe Francis at Felixstowe in the FA Cup recently. Picture: STAN BASTON - Credit: Archant

It’s been a rollercoaster ride for Brantham Athletic so far this season.

The Leisure Centre side have played four games in the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division, winning one, drawing two and losing one.

But that hardly tells the tale of the season so far, as they also enjoyed a stunning 7-2 FA Cup win at Felixstowe & Walton, before losing 3-5 at home to Cheshunt in the next round of the Cup, just last week.

For joint manager Michael Brothers, it’s been quite some start!

“An up and down start doesn’t tell half the story,” Brothers, who is joint boss with Matt Carmichael, said.

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“Both me and Matt are winners and we hate losing and perhaps we have been ultra-critical to the boys at some times so far, which is fair, although to be honest there have been a load of positives as well.”

None more so that the FA Cup win at Felixstowe & Walton and the midweek league victory over Wivenhoe Town on Tuesday night.

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“I think the Felixstowe result is going to be a highlight all season,” Brothers said. “To win 7-2 at their place.

“But Wivenhoe on Tuesday was a good result for us. They went into the game above us in the table, so it was important we got the job done and we did, our quality came through.

“It’s all been a bit yo-yo. I have been involved with Brantham on and off for many years and we want to take the club to the next level, which we feel we can.”

On Saturday, Brothers and Carmichael take their side to Gorleston looking to build on their victory over Wivenhoe.

Never an easy place to pick up points, the Greens have started well and already have two FA Cup victories to their name this season, as well as three league victories.

“We won at their place at the back end of last season and that was a great result,” Brothers added.

“We know it won’t be easy though, they are a good side.”

Brantham are nearer to home on Tuesday night, when they travel to Humber Doucy Lane to face Ipswich Wanderers under the floodlights in Ipswich.

“Four points from the next two away games will be a good result for us,” Brothers said.

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