Pitt up for the open title race in Hellenic Premier after Brimscombe go top

Brimscombe & Thrupp Captain Ollie Pitt says he is enjoying the open title race in the Hellenic Premier this season after seeing his side go top of the league at nearly the midway stage of the season.

Goals from Jack Smith and Jonty Welch saw the Lilywhites go 2-0 up against Thornbury on Wednesday night before a late consolation. But after Brimscombe held on to claim three points they moved into top spot.

The win came without top scorer Harlie Price, who missed the game through ilness and following the game Pitt praised his teammates for pulling together without their talisman to earn a big three points.

“It was really pleasing to pick up three points against a well organised Thornbury side,” said Pitt. “They’ve taken points off teams in and around us in the last few weeks so to get the win going into a big game at the weekend was a real positive.

When we realised Harlie wasn’t going to be involved it does leave a big hole going forward, especially with the form he’s been on this season you’re going to notice it when he’s not involved.

It put a bit more pressure on the rest of our attacking players to produce the goals but we pulled together and thankfully we did enough to go on and win the game,” Pitt added.

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Brimscombe host 2nd placed Bishops Cleeve at the Meadow on Saturday in a game that will peak interest throughout the Hellenic League and Gloucestershire football and Pitt believes that whilst the result won’t have too much of an impact for the rest of the season, the bragging rights are there for the taking!

“We are obviously really looking forward to playing Bishops Cleeve on Saturdsy. It’s not a secret that they have a few ex-Brimscombe players and we have a few ex-Cleeve players, so it’s a game both sides have always looked at doing well in.

With both teams starting the season really well it makes it even more interesting for everyone involved. I think it’s way too early for the result to really impact how the season will play out – but both teams would love the bragging rights I’m sure,” Pitt added.

Brimscombe head into the game on Saturday two points ahead of Cleeve and a further point in front of 3rd placed Cribbs – who head to Lydney Town at the weekend, plus with Corsham Town and Malvern Town up to four points further back but with games in hand.

With so many teams in and around the top 5 and only 14 points separating the top 9 with games in hand for most of them, Pitt admits he is revelling in the close nature of the division and believes if Brimscombe continue as they are then there is no reason they cannot challenge come the end of the season.

“It’s obviously very pleasing to be top of the league approaching the halfway point of the season, but we all know it means absolutely nothing at this stage.

To be honest, if you’d said to me at the start of the season that we’d be top 6 after 17 games then I’d have snapped your hand off.

It’s going to be a wide open race for the title this season, with everyone taking points off each other, but if we can hang on in the mix for as long as we can then we’ll enjoy every minute of it!” Pitt added.

Brimscombe & Thrupp host Bishops Cleeve at the Meadow in the Hellenic Premier on Saturday (6th November); kick off 15:00

READ MORE: Check out the full list of fixtures this weekend in Gloucestershire right here

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