BASILDON Town will play in the Olympian Premier Division for the first time in their history next term, as the club celebrates a remarkable season on the pitch – and there may be more to come.
A staggering 19 wins from 21 games to date and a goal difference of plus 63 has seen Town ease away from closest challengers Catholic United in Division One.
An 8-2 victory against Newbury Forest secured the title, with Marcus Bowers netting five of the goals.
The team is led by Mark Harrison and assisted by Liam Wallace, who won the Mid-Essex Football League Premier Division last season with Pro Essex.
And Harrison said he couldn’t be prouder of his players.
“I am extremely proud of the club’s achievements so far and we will be looking to put forward a good account of ourselves in the final games as well,” he said.
“We have a league and cup double to aim for and we are looking forward to seeing what the players can produce.
“This season we have got the players fitter, in a more positive frame of mind and have pushed them to improve in all aspects of their game. It has been fantastic and it’s a different club now.”
The club could have enjoyed more success only for them to be thrown out of the Essex Premier Cup having unknowingly played an ineligible player earlier in the competition.
But they still have a Senior Division Cup final to look forward to, following a semi-final win over Frenford Senior. The final against Kelvedon Hatch will be played on Tuesday, May 16.
To cap what has been a memorable season, the club’s reserve side have also won promotion in Division Five, needing a point from their final two league games to win the league.
They have already secured a place in the final of the Reserve League Cup.
“The reserve side have also had an outstanding season and are currently unbeaten in league and cup,” added Harrison.
“They are the only unbeaten side in all six Olympian leagues and victory against Dagenham United on Saturday will wrap up the title.”
Basildon Town, who play their games at Basildon Sport and Leisure Club, thanked sponsors Purple Communications and AM Planned Maintenance Ltd.