The team celebrate lifting the title.

The team celebrate lifting the title.

In the end with Marcascotties’ 5-0 defeat away to Stirling Bridge effectively rendered outcome of Brook Street’s match against FC Poland meaningless, the New Home Park side were taking no chances and comprehensively dismantled their visitors with a devastating display of attacking football to seal the championship and with it a swift return to the third tier of the Hattrick Scottish League.

In front of over 54,000 spectators, Brook Street were a goal up inside the first two minutes through Zsolt Baboss and from then on there was no way there would be any slip-ups. FC Poland had set up in a defensive 5-3-2 but all this served to do was invite wave upon wave of Brook Street attacks. It was almost inevitable that Brook Street would run up a big score against a reserve side, and that they did, netting eleven without reply.

“We showed what we are capable of today and I’m delighted for the lads”, beamed Leoš Loos afterwards. They’ve worked very hard this season and now have their reward. We go back to Division III with renewed optimism, and while we know it will be a whole more difficult proposition at the higher level, we at least have the advantage of knowing what to expect”.

He continued, “We were fortunate to keep the team together after last season and that helped us greatly. However, I would expect that some players may move on now as we build for next season”.

When pressed on who he thought would be leaving he replied, “We’ll be looking at that in the close season, and the players concerned would be the first to know rather than the press. In the meantime we’ve still got a match left to play and we’ll be focussing on that this week rather than what will or won’t be happening in the build-up to next season”.

Emanuel Bohucký went home with the match ball after hitting his fourth career hat-trick, while both Nemanja Janković and Leoš Loos hit a brace. In addition to Zsolt Baboss’s opener, Brook Street’s other goals came from Attila Gyöngyösi, Andrew Cleary and Jake MacConnechy.

So Brook Street go into the final weekend fixture ironically away to runners-up, Marcascotties as Champions.

“It’s one of those things that crops up from time to time”, admitted the coach. “They’ve pushed us all season, but at least we’ll be able to enjoy the occasion a bit more. That’s not to say we’ll be taking the foot off the gas though”, he warned, “as there’s still a chance we could have to play a qualifier and I for one certainly don’t want that”.