Bell wary of “false” table

by Gazette Reporter
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“I DON’T look at the league table at the moment, it’s a false read.”
These were the somewhat surprising words from Andy Noonan when the Bluebell United manager spoke to GazetteSport during the week.
He may indeed not check the Sunday Senior table, but knows his side are very much in one of the closest title races in many a year.
A 3-0 win over title rivals Crumlin United away from home last weekend was followed by a 0-0 draw at UCD in the Intermediate Cup last Sunday. That game will go to a replay so, while it’s still on the boil, Noonan spoke about the huge win over perennial title rivals Crumlin, and he underplayed the result despite the huge statement it made to the rest of the league.
“It was great to get the win, don’t get me wrong. But I wouldn’t read too much into it,” he said. “The games against Crumlin very much look after themselves for Bluebell.
“We spend very little time preparing for those games as the players just know how important they are; they don’t need any further motivation from me.
“It’s the games against teams lower down the table that require more preparation. A perfect example would be our game against Greystones a week before the Crumlin win.
“They’re down the other end of the table but we drew 0-0 at home; the ball just wouldn’t go in for us so that’s what I mean.
“The league is very tight all around. Some of the teams at the bottom are still strong. Glenville have got some excellent players and a great manager in Wayne [Kelly] yet they are down at the bottom,” added Noonan.
The Bell’s title challenge has been aided by a number of impressive signings in the transfer window, with the inclusion of Jordan Keegan, Robert Bayly, Brian Cash and Elmir Habibovic but Noonan insists his business may not be finished yet.
“The new lads have settled in really well and added to the squad,” he told us. “Jordan played an hour for our Saturday team over the weekend and came on for 30 minutes for us on Sunday so he’s nearing full-fitness.
“Robert picked up a knock against Crumlin so he’s working to get over that. There are still a few days to go in the window and I hope to bring in three or four more big names before it shuts.”
The Friday night sees them face another side battling the drop in Home Farm.
Noonan knows only too well of the Farm’s biggest threat. “They’ve got Gerry Bambrick, who we know all about of course,” he said of his former striker.
“He’s a 20 goal a season man with the right service and I didn’t want to lose him in the summer.
“Due to work commitments, he couldn’t sign on for another year with us and we’ll be wary of him on Friday.”

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