BRANTHAM Athletic first-team coach Ben Swan sees no reason to amend his club’s pre-season goals.

The Imps are setting their sights on a top-three spot in the Thurlow Nunn League and, hopefully, promotion to the Bostik League.

Step four football was the objective in the summer and now, a dozen games in, they appear on target to achieve their dream.

Brantham are fourth in the premier division with seven wins, three draws and just two defeats and their latest league victory was a gutsy 3-2 success at Walsham-le-Willows on Saturday.

“We want to be challenging near the top of the table,” said Swan, who works alongside first-team managers Matt Carmichael and Michael Brothers.

“Our target at the start was the top three and we still feel that’s achievable. Most certainly. We don’t want to settle for anything less.

“Later in the season we’ll assess things again but we’re an ambitious club and the management are ambitious, too.

“There’s no reason to change our goals and if you look at the league so far, there have been some topsy-turvy results.

“But I certainly believe we’ll be in a good position at the end of the season.

“A top-three spot would be a fantastic achievement and we would certainly look to go up.

“We’ve already has assurances that that would be possible and that was part of the deal, when the management team came in.

“Without a shadow of a doubt, the ambition of the club is to go up to the Bostik League.”

Saturday’s winning goal came a minute from time, thanks to Sam Newson’s diving header from Michael Brothers’ cross. Newson had put the Imps ahead just before half-time and although Walsham nosed 2-1 ahead, Adam Bloss headed an equaliser from a Craig Hughes corner.

The Imps switched their attention to the League Challenge Cup on Tuesday night when they ran out 6-2 winners at home to Halstead Town.

Ben Newson hit a treble and he was joined on the scoresheet by Jack Clampin, Sam Cole and substitute Alfie Smith.

“We’re looking to improve all the time and look at other higher-placed teams who have come from this level, like Needham Market,” added former Brantham, Lawford and Bradfield Rovers goalkeeper Swan.

“We want to do the same thing.

“On a personal note, it’s working really well with Matt and Michael.

“We all share the same enthusiasm.

“We’re vibrant and so eager to win, which the club seem to appreciate.

“They respect the fact we’re eager to progress and have such high standards.”

Brantham have a home match against Ipswich Wanderers tonight (kick-off 7.45pm).