basement battler

basement battler

In sports, a team that is ranked in a lower division (known as the relegation or "drop" zone) of a given league, and that competes against similarly ranked teams to try and advance into a higher division. Primarily heard in UK. They face another fierce basement battler in this week's match, and a lot is at stake for both teams.
See also: basement
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STEVE BRUCE: Seasoned basement battler Bruce has twice escaped from the dogfight with Birmingham - and once been sucked down - so he knows that it is a fine line between success and failure.
Elsewhere today, third-placed CRUSADERS host basement battlers WARRENPOINT TOWN, while PORTADOWN will look to bounce back from last week's 2-0 defeat to Coleraine when they travel to BALLINAMALLARD.
GEORGE Friend is backing Boro to bounce back when they face basement battlers Bristol City on Saturday.
United didn't adapt to the tricky Tannadice conditions as well as free-flowing Celtic on Sunday but Pernis knows they can have no excuses for the visit of Billy Reid's basement battlers.
Stephen Kenny's basement battlers are on a roll right now having reached the Scottish Cup semi finals by knocking out Partick last weekend.
But life in the top flight has been an altogether different experience for the basement battlers.
Basement battlers Currie and Jed-Forest clash at Malleny Park and home coach Bruce Macnaughton declared: "It is a case of finding a balance between playing rugby to win and not allowing the fear of losing to affect your performance.
It was hard luck for the basement battlers, who dominated for long spells, without getting any rewards.
Wolves then had midfielder Nenad Milijas sent off and were forced to dig deep but inspired goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey and some frantic defending earned the basement battlers a precious point.
With the Easter Road side only five points above basement battlers Hamilton, a repeat of that disastrous scenario can't be ruled out as they embark on a crucial month.
Ian Richardson's basement battlers put Boro on the back foot with a goal after just 86 seconds.
MARTIJN REUSER rescued a point for Ipswich when basement battlers Brighton threatened to grab all three.
BASEMENT battlers Raith and Ayr settled for a share of the spoils but both still need a cutting edge if they are to climb the table.
BOTH teams failed to find the target when fourth placed, Donegal Celtic, and basement battlers, Hillsborough Boys, met in the Daily Mirror Under-15 Lisburn Junior Invitational League.
The league new boys have found their feet after a sticky start that saw them flirt with the basement battlers.