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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However, the nature of most of them, with three defeats by the odd goal, suggests Division 1B's basement battlers are competitive at least.
But Ward says his basement battlers are revelling in the drama - because their fate is in their own hands.
And he has revealed his top priority as he prepares to take his Premier League basement battlers to Chelsea for a clash with Maurizio Sarri's superstars, who themselves are bidding to end a run of two successive league defeats.
McGinn admits winning the league on their own stomping ground would be the dream scenario following a roller coaster 18 months which has seen the Buddies turn from perennial basement battlers to a rejuvenated side on the verge of winning the league.
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.
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.
Shaun Connor stepped off the bench to fire the Ospreys to a 18-17 victory over basement battlers Connacht at The New Stadium.