GJ SINGH hopes Barnt Green Spartak continue on from their good start to the season as they strive to secure promotion to Midland League Division One.
Despite tasting their first defeat of the season on Saturday at newly promoted Smithswood Firs, Spartak returned to winning ways on Bank Holiday Monday with a 2-0 victory over former Premier Division outfit Continental Star.
Troy Baker had fired Smithswood into a 19th minute lead on Saturday afternoon before Nathaniel Hare levelled the scores going into the break, but Curtis Thomas’ 50th minute strike ensured Spartak lost their first league game of the season.
Following their minor setback, Spartak picked up their third win in five games at Star thanks to a goal in each half from Darren Green and Kevon Henry.
The result moved Spartak back up to second in the Division Two table with ten points from five games.
And after the disappointment of last season’s tenth place finish, Singh insists promotion is still the target.
“I am always looking to finish in the top two, I’m not one of those managers who likes to play things down,” he said.
“We want to get back to Step 6 as quickly as possible so we can participate in the FA Cup, that’s the objective.
“It is going to be hard to do that as the division is very strong with the likes of Paget Rangers, Droitwich Spa and Fairfield Villa so we can’t right anybody off.
“I set myself a target of ten points from five games at the start of the season and the players thought we could achieve more.
“Saturday’s game at Smithswood could have gone either way and a draw might have been a fair result in the end but the lads showed a great reaction to beat Continental on Monday.”
Spartak now face a small break from action before they take on Cadbury Athletic at The Coppice Ground in the first qualifying round of the FA Vase next Friday (7.45pm KO).
Stourport Swifts or Smethwick await in the second qualifying round on Saturday, September 24 should Spartak progress.
“We are looking forward to our FA Vase game and it’s about time we won a game in the tournament,” Singh added.
“There’s an extreme incentive for our lads to progress but we’re taking things one game at a time.
“Cadbury are a strong outfit in all areas and I’ve been to watch them a few times – it will be a tough test against a side in the division above.”