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Daley’s delight as Bristol & West men bounce back with British League win

BRISTOL & West AC men’s team captain Alex Daley has heaped praise on his team-mates after they won the second Division Three match in the British Men’s League.

A disappointing seventh place of eight teams in the opening fixture last month had cast a feeling of gloom on the club’s hopes of bouncing back straightaway after relegation last season but that despondency was utterly banished with a superb victory at Chelmsford on Saturday.

“I asked for a win and you did just that,” said Daley (pictured).

“Not only did we win, we put 43.5 points on the current league top dogs and home team and  on league points we went from seventh to joint second in one match.

“The reason we cleaned up yesterday was not because any one athlete (or the whole team for that matter) went out and ran, jumped or threw out of their skin.

“We won, because every person turned up and did their job. No heroics were needed.”

The win has effectively re-ignited the club’s hopes of contesting one of the two automatic promotion spots but for that goal to be achieved the team needs to replicate the form of Chelmsford in their final two matches at Bedford and Nottingham.

“The work is far from done, as we all know,” warned Daley.

“Nothing has changed from before; we still need to go out and win the next match before we can even take time to breathe.

“Match three is in a month. It is imperative we turn up to Bedford with a full strength team and continue their momentum we started.”

Match scores: 1 Bristol & West AC  342.5points; 2 Chelmsford AC 299; 3 Nene Valley Harriers 271.5; 4 Bedford 264.5; 5 Enfield & Haringey 263; 6 Trafford 260.5; 7 Notts AC 250; 8 Southend 227.

Overall (after two matches): 1 Chelmsford 13 points; 2=Bristol & West, Bedford, Notts and Trafford 10; 6 Nene Valley 9.5; 7 Enfield & Haringey 7.5; 8 Southend 2.0.