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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WARREN GATLAND believes Scotland can win the Six Nations after shedding their tag as basement battlers.
St Mirren manager Jack Ross will take hope from the fact that the Buddies saw off the basement battlers earlier in the season.
BORO eased to a convincing 2-0 win over basement battlers Birmingham with some confident displays in every department.
St Mirren left it late as they made hard work of basement battlers Brechin before finally taking top spot in the table.
The Haslett Park outfit are languishing second from bottom in the Division 1A table and without a win in the league since their one and only victory of the campaign came against basement battlers Dromara Village back on October 31.
History is on Waterford's side because basement battlers have consistently come roaring back in the Championship.
JOSE RIGA hailed his basement battlers after they extended his unbeaten start to life in the Addicks hotseat to two games.
Real Barston's Division Four title ambitions suffered a setback when they surrendered a 2-0 lead to miss out 3-2 against basement battlers Radford Albion - Rich Bramble's double proving decisive
Forest Green Rovers v Southport Skrill Premier, 3pm SOUTHPORT boss John Coleman is adamant his basement battlers can fight off the travel sickness which has plagued them all season.
CARLOS CUELLAR has warned that Sunderland cannot take anything for granted against basement battlers QPR this weekend.
Meanwhile, basement battlers, Builth Wells, secured a 48-6 bonus-point win over Felinfoel.
However, McCarthy said he would rather face the sides who are challenging alongside Wolves for a place in the Barclays Premier League rather than against the basement battlers and his side's performance against Charlton reinforced his point.
Alex McLeish has stressed the importance of Blues maintaining a goal difference that is superior to their fellow basement battlers.
Bynea were able to celebrate their first win of the season in division Five (West) after nine successive defeats with a narrow 13-12 victory over fellow basement battlers St Davids, who have one win to their credit in 12 outings.
BASEMENT battlers Runcorn were within eight minutes of taking a rare point when Lincoln skipper Brendan McDaid headed the goal from a free-kick which settled this relegation six-pointer.