Touchline Suffolk & Ipswich League side Barham Athletic aiming to replicate Arsenal’s ‘Invincibles’ team with unbeaten season
Having remained unbeaten throughout the league season so far, Touchline SIL Division Four side Barham Athletic are likening themselves to Arsenal’s ‘Invincibles’ team of 2003/04.
Okay, so Arsene Wenger’s men might be lightyears ahead of Kieren Beresford’s men in terms of league status, but the comparisons between Wenger’s former stars and Beresford’s current crop are there for all to see.
Barham have been in unstoppable form so far this season, with the Great Blakenham-based side cruising at the top of the table with 18 wins, one draw, and zero losses to their name.
All in all, it’s been quite a season for the club who amazingly started off as a Sunday League side, before they transferred over to the SIL via a short spell in the Bury League.
“Our aim was always to get promoted but never in my wildest dreams did I think we’d have a chance of winning the league, or even going the season unbeaten,” said Beresford.
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Having stormed the first half of the season, Barham have incredibly kept this unbeaten run going - although there have been a few close shaves to halting that run.
In their last two fixtures, Barham have come from behind to preserve their accomplishments so far.
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1-0 down and with just five minutes to go against fellow promotion hopefuls Witnesham Wasps, Barham dug deep to rescue a point, while last week they came from two goals down to overturn third-placed St Clements Hospital.
“I think that with us being such a close group of lads, that has helped us in our success,” claimed Beresford.
“I think 19 of us all went to Claydon High School together so we know each other and know each other’s games so well.
“We have that will not to lose, and I’ve been delighted.”
Beresford has big aims for the club, who were an integral part of SIL Division One outfit Claydon’s rise through the leagues many years ago.
And player-manager Beresford wants to repeat that run with his current players.
“We’ve got aims, we’re ambitious,” added Beresford.
“Ideally, I’d like us to do what we did with Claydon and get to Division One.
“Most of our players have played at that level or higher in the past, but now that we’re all here and playing with our mates, I’d like to see us in Division One within five years.”
Barham visit Bacton United reserves on Saturday looking to continue their incredible season.