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Title momentum builds for ‘Bricks’

08 March, 2019 — By Steve Barnett

Guillem Balagué

CAMDEN coach Anthony Clark says points have become “as precious as gold” after guiding Hadley FC to the top of the Spartan South Midlands League.

The club, nicknamed “the Bricks” due to their stadium in Brickfield Lane, Barnet, being built on the site of a business where bricks were made and sold, have become the surprise package in the Premier Division. The main goal at the start of the season was simply to avoid relegation, but with just eight games to go they are level on points with leaders Tring Athletic – and are only being kept off of top spot by goal difference.

In their last outing, goals from Jordan Edwards and Ibrahim Camara saw the Bricks build on their season of shocks by beating Biggleswade United, a well-established side who are chaired by Spanish football journalist, author and TV pundit Guillem Balagué.

This Saturday, Hadley will be looking to upset the odds yet again when they travel to Hertfordshire to take on the Oxhey Jets. Even with their top scorer, Manny Hammond, who lives in Islington, looking to add to the 11 goals that he has scored since returning from injury, Clark knows it promises to be another tough afternoon. “We netted a massive result last time out when he won away at Biggleswade United, a team who, on paper, would have expected to beat us,” said Clark, who lives in Highgate. “We need to put in another similar performance on Saturday in what promises to be another mammoth challenge.

“I’ve said it before, that at this level every single point is precious – at this stage of the season they are like gold. All we can do is try and keep on winning and see what happens.”

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