BRANTHAM Athletic joint-boss Michael Brothers believes his side underlined their promotion credentials by pulling off an eye-catching victory against Coggeshall Town.

The Imps came from behind to win 2-1, in last weekend's crunch Thurlow Nunn League premier division showdown at West Street.

Tom Monk's first-half goal put the Seedgrowers ahead, but Jack Smith restored parity before George Clarke slotted home a late penalty to spark wild celebrations in the Brantham camp.

It left them fourth in the table - a point behind Coggeshall, two behind second-placed Stowmarket Town and seven clear of fifth-placed Histon.

"It made a real statement and was great news, in terms of keeping things tight at the top of the table," said Brothers.

"There was almost a feeling of realisation in the dressing room afterwards and a wave of belief that we're right there in the thick of it.

"It's going to be a very exciting second half of the season.

"I'd love to say we're in the title hunt but Felixstowe have a huge lead at the top of the table. They'd have to really slip up.

"However, last week's win has opened up second place.

"Our understanding is that the champions will go up and the best two second-place teams from our league and other step five divisions will also be promoted.

"We've had a look and teams like ourselves have more points than others hoping to go up, so fingers crossed. Second or even third place could be enough.

"All we can do is keep working hard and winning games and if we could gain promotion this season it would be an outstanding achievement."

Clarke's goal was his fifth in just three games, having been out injured for a year and a half after two ankle operations.

The former Ipswich Town apprentice was previously on the books at Brightlingsea Regent and Needham Market.

"George has arrived on the scene and started scoring goals at such a good time," added Brothers.

"He's really showing his quality and he's working really well up well with Sam (Newson).

"It was only their second game together but it's got the makings of a great partnership."