It’s been a solid start to life in the Pitching In Southern League Division One South for Bemerton Heath Harlequins.
They sit just two points off the play-off places having won ten of their 24 League games so far and came home from leaders, Wimborne Town, with a deserved point from a 1-1 draw at the weekend.
A sweet strike from George Higgins gave them an early lead as he curled home from just outside the area.
“It’s always nice to get on the scoresheet, especially early on in a key game,” the versatile 23 year-old told us. “I was still up the pitch from a set-piece and the ball came towards me and at that point there was only one thing on my mind, to shoot!
“Thankfully it went in and helped us to earn a point from the game in the end.
“We knew going into the season that Step 4 would be tough, especially after getting back-to-back promotions and losing players that had helped us get to this level.
“It’s been everything that we expected, but we’ve given a really good account of ourselves. We had a good start and that set the standard for the rest of the season.
“Having been so used to winning over the past couple of seasons, losses have been difficult to take, so that has been a learning curve. We also realised pretty quickly that if you are 10% off it in this League, you will most likely lose.
“Each game presents its own challenges but I am enjoying it. I’ve played in a number of different positions and we’ve had some enjoyable days, with plenty more to come, hopefully!
“We’ve just come through a sticky start to the new year and now the aim is to keeping pushing on so that we can stay in and around the play-off places come the end of the season.”
Bemerton return to home action at the weekend with the visit of another side who have play-off aspirations in Willand Rovers.
IMAGE: Cliff Williams