[Written by Stephen Wright]
Sergio Goater reflected on Hamilton Parish’s ‘invincible’ season in which they clinched the Premier League title without losing a game.
Parish won 14 of their 16 games, finishing ten points ahead of second-placed Boulevard, ending their six-year absence from the top flight.
The only flaws in Parish’s campaign came in the FA Cup first round, losing 2-1 away to Somerset Trojans, and the Shield semi-final, suffering a 2-1 away loss to the eventual Wolves champions.
Goater has not lost a league game since taking over at the club at the start of the 2020-21 season, which was called off last March due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Parish was at the top of the charts at the time.
Among the players leading the charge for Parish this season were striker Macquille Walker, who scored 12 times, and wide man Jordan Outerbridge, who netted 11 times.
“The unbeaten streak has continued since last season,” Goater told Bernews. “I have a good group of players and we are very organised. It can take you far in the Premier League. It’s real teamwork. »
Goater insists his title-winning heroes will have every chance to prove themselves in the top flight next season and believes his side are already good enough to defend themselves.
“I don’t want an influx of players to happen just because we’re in the Premier Division,” Goater added.
“I don’t want to upset the basket of apples. We are going to be very selective about the players we sign.
“I have goals in mind, but I have to stick with the guys who brought us here. Also, we have players with Premier Division experience.
“I certainly don’t want to discredit the Premier Division, but there’s not a big gap between the two leagues. It’s more of an even playing field these days.
“We respect top-flight teams, but there’s an element of ‘You know what, we can compete in this league. “”
Goater, a former North Village striker, said he had no complaints about Parish’s loss to Wolves in the Shield semi-finals earlier this month.
“I have to pay homage to wolves,” he said. “We had just beaten them in the league, but they were a different animal in the Shield. They really wanted it.
“It would have been nice to do the double, but winning promotion was our main goal.”
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