Linch champions Common players

Little Common manager Mark Linch believes his players are good enough to make the step up to senior football.

The Commoners clinched promotion to Division Two of the Sussex County League on the back of a come-from-behind 2-1 win at home to Bosham on Saturday.

Linch said: "I think we've got a bunch of players who are good enough to play in County Two and I think we're going to attract lots of players during the summer."

After successive top half finishes during his first two seasons at the Recreation Ground, it was third time lucky for Linch this time around as Common secured the runners-up spot.

"It means a lot," Linch continued. "You put in so much hard work and promotion was the goal, nothing else was acceptable.

"Every time we won a game I didn't get excited because I knew it would mean nothing if we finished fourth or fifth."

Common appeared to have blown their chances with consecutive 3-1 home defeats against third-placed Haywards Heath and champions Clymping in late March and early April.

But five successive victories from there on in, coupled with Haywards Heath losing their penultimate game at Saltdean United, meant that Common finished two points better off.

Linch went on: "I said if we can win the last five games, I had a feeling that Haywards Heath would drop points at Saltdean or Newhaven and that happened."

Common will take their place in Division Two with neighbours Bexhill United moving in the opposite direction following their relegation.

"It's been 15 years since we were last in senior football and I think that says it all," Linch added. "For so many years, Little Common have been the third team in the town.

"We've been in the shadows really of the other two (Bexhill and Sidley United) and it's nice for once that we're going up, but it's a shame in some ways Bexhill have come down.

"This club is moving forward off the pitch and we've got permission to improve a lot of the facilities, we just needed to get a side worthy of being in senior football.

"I don't think words can describe how fantastic it is for the players, and people like (club stalwart) Ken Cherry and (wife) Margaret who've been down here for donkeys years."

Common, who were also runners-up in the Hastings & District FA Intermediate Cup, accrued 57 points from 26 league matches and 31 of them were on their travels.