GALLERY: Outwell Swifts seal promotion with Godmanchester win

Outwell Swifts v Godmanchester Rovers Reserves. Picture: Steve Williams.

Outwell Swifts v Godmanchester Rovers Reserves. Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant

Outwell Swifts held their nerve in the final game of the season to seal promotion from Kershaw Senior B.

Needing a point to secure the second promotion spot, goals from Ben Jimson, Luke Plumb and Jack Rawson secured a 3-0 win over Godmanchester Rovers Reserves on Saturday.

Outwell finished the season level on points with champions Doddington United, who clinched the title on goal difference.

Outwell manager Mark Secker said: “We played very well and dominated the game. We knew Godmanchester were coming to spoil the party.

“There were a few comments flying around before the game - they were giving it the big one - but we embarrassed them on the pitch. We got the job done.”

Secker says he was “quietly confident” his side would be in the promotion hunt at the start of the season. The addition of several players during the campaign was crucial, he added.

He said: “At the start of the season I was quietly confident. As the season progressed, we brought in a few extra players who proved to be vital. They all performed well, which helped us.”

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Secker says Doddington were “deserved” title winners. However, had his side been as clinical in front of goal as they were resolute in defence (they conceded only 27 goals in 28 league games), top spot could have been theirs.

He said: “With Doddington losing on Saturday, we finished level on points. We were a bit disappointed not to win the league.

“Our defence was fantastic this season but our top scorers were Jonathan Secker and Ben Jimson with 10 goals. That’s not good enough. Had we had a 30 goals a season goal scorer, we would have won the league.

“However, Doddington were deserved winners. Our main aim this season was promotion, and we got the job done.”

Looking ahead to next season, Secker says he is hopeful of bringing back 2012/3 top scorer James Parker into the fold.

He said: “I’m quietly confident about next season. I’ve spoken to the players and, although a couple will be leaving, I’m hoping to bring James Parker back.”