Ambitious Broxburn Athletic not sitting back

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Broxburn Athletic have established themselves as a formidable outfit in the Super League since promotion two seasons ago, but manager Steve Pittman would love to push for the title next season.

The Albyn Park side currently sit fifth in the table, five points off leaders Bo’ness United, but have played six games more. And with the club safe from relegation, Pittman is already looking ahead to next season.

The former United States internationalist would love a tilt at the title, but the club will find it hard to compete on a shoestring budget.

He said: “Our target is to win the league at some point in the near future. We’ve got to do it within our means – we’ve not got the money that clubs like Linlithgow, Bo’ness and Bonnyrigg do. I’m looking to really strengthen the team over the summer and bring in a defender, a midfielder and a forward that is going to play every week.

“However, if I’m going for a player and one of those clubs are going for the same player, he is going to go to the other team because there is more money there. We’ve just got to make sure we don’t get ourselves into debt.”

Focus isn’t entirely on next season, however, as Broxburn still have a realistic chance of silverware in the Fife and Lothians Cup. They face Linlithgow Rose at home in the quarter-finals, and having already beaten them this season, Pittman fancies his sides chances.

He said: “If the boys perform we will beat them. We beat them a few weeks ago 1-0 at home. If they play like that I don’t see why we can’t beat them. Hopefully we can maybe get to the final. That would top the season off.”

Unbeaten in their last five league matches, Broxburn are still in with a chance of a finish inside the top four with four league games remaining.

“At the start of the season when we had a lot of injuries, myself and the committee were thinking ‘as long as we stay clear of relegation’,” said Pittman. “The more the season has gone on we have matched the top sides. The only thing that has been a problem is our lack of numbers and a lack of consistency.”