Bishop’s Cleeve manager Paul Collicutt says promotion would be “massive” on Kayte Lane return

Bishop’s Cleeve manager Paul Collicutt has said promotion for the club would be “massive” ahead of their game on Saturday against Hereford Lads Club, which also sees the club make a return to Kayte Lane.

The Cleeve-based side need just four points from their next nine available to secure promotion to the Southern League and top the Hellenic Premier Division.

Former Cheltenham Town captain Collicutt, isn’t taking anything for granted ahead of his side’s remaining three fixtures.

“We are in a position now where we need four points out of the next nine available, not only for promotion but to top the table. We have three difficult games in the season and I hope we can secure points secured,” Colicutt said.

“Promotion is a big jump for the club, we managed to get promotion a few years ago to the Southern League. And I like to think we are now in a better position to secure promotion than where we were a few years ago.

“I’ve been back at the club now for 15 months, and for me personally it would mean a lot. For the club it would be massive, it would be great to see people within the county come and support a club like Bishop’s Cleeve.”

Saturday’s fixture will see the club return to Kayte Lane, after moving to Evesham United’s Jubilee Stadium for the majority of the season.

“It’s something that the chairman [Dave Walker] has been chasing for a long time,” said manager Collicutt. “It has been ongoing and ongoing and the chairman got the greenlight 12 months ago.

“It has taken a long time for it to happen, and happy to be at Kayte lane at the 3G pitch.”

Collicutt is in his second spell as manager of Bishop’s Cleeve, and emphasised just how much the club has endured throughout the seasons.

“The club has been through an awful lot down the years.

“In my first spell at the club we travelled all around through the county as we didn’t have a home pitch to play on, so for myself and a lot of other people it is massive and I hope the locals can support the club.

“It has been hard, but the one thing it has done is bringing the club closer together within the club and first team and that has shown as we have stayed competitive.”

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Bishop’s Cleeve will next face Hereford Lads Club, before taking on Shrivenham and Brimscombe & Thrupp.

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