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Singh: Barnt Green must go on winning streak to reach top five

Craig Gibbons 26th Jan, 2017 Updated: 26th Jan, 2017

GJ SINGH is looking for his Barnt Green Spartak squad to go on a winning streak as they target a fifth placed finish.

After losing just one of their opening seven Midland League Division Two fixtures, Spartak’s form dropped to a point where they went without a league win in eight games.

They have since settled that form with a number of new signings over the New Year but Singh’s men have not been in action since the 5-3 penalty shoot-out victory over Droitwich Spa in the Presidents Cup on January 7.

Therefore Saturday’s game at fourth placed Sutton United will give Spartak the chance to blow away some cobwebs.

Singh said: “There’s been some disappointment that we aren’t where we want to be in the table because we thought we would be able to challenge for the top four spots.

“Fifth place is certainly up for grabs for us so our aim is to finish as high as we possibly can and we will only be able to achieve that if string four or five wins together.

“Sutton and ourselves came into this league together so we have rubbed shoulders many times but barring the 5-2 victory over them at the start of this season, we usually have very close games.

“I’m expecting another close game this weekend and it’s going to be tough to get the three points.”

Marcus Malcolm (hamstring) is the only player missing for Spartak who then entertain Midland League Division One high-fliers Bromsgrove Sporting in the quarter-finals of the Smedley Crooke Memorial Charity Cup at Highgate United’s Coppice Ground on Wednesday (7.45pm KO).

And Singh is hoping that the Sporting faithful come out in their numbers to provide a good atmosphere.

“It would be nice to see around 150 to 200 supporters for the Smedley Crooke game as we are not used to playing in front of such a big crowd,” he added.

“We know we’re going to be the underdogs but I am confident we will give it our best shot.

“Football is a funny old game and you never know what might happen.”

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