The Evo-Stik League Southern
Published 10th May 2012
.....Evo-Stik League Southern Premier Division.
The Greenbacks were predicted to be among the Division One Central also rans, but the striker got their second in Monday’s 3-1 play-off final win against Beaconsfield SYCOB.
After the match, the 21-year-old former Nuneaton Griff striker singled out the man who signed him in the summer for praise.
He said: “What’s the reason we went up? We’ve got a really good manager to be fair. He’s had faith in everyone.
“He built the team from scratch. He thought we could challenge for the league, but we’ll take the play-offs.
“No one would have thought that would happen at the start of the season.
“Steve is just a quality manager though.”
Piggon could have been forgiven for thinking his place was under threat when Farmer signed former Leamington strikers Marl Bellingham and Luke Corbett late in the season.
However, Farmer kept faith with Piggon and Ashley Robinson as both scored against Beaconsfield.
“He’s got Bello in and he scored two in the semi-final. Corbs is a great player he could have played either of them.
“I’m grateful he started me and I’m pleased to be able to repay him with a goal. The goal meant everything. Last year I was playing two leagues below this.
“To score in the play-off final, I never thought that would happen to me - certainly not this time last year.
“I just ran off in excitement when it went in. I’m just glad it went in and put us 2-1 up. Even if I didn’t score I wasn’t bothered so long as we won the game.
“It wasn’t the greatest of games. The pitch was heavy and there weren’t many chances, but we’ve taken ours.”
The Greenbacks look certain to be the early favourites for relegation next season given their limited budget and even more limited pedigree. However, Piggon feels they already have the nucleus of a side capable of producing the goods in the level above in 2012/13.
“We’ll keep the team together and I think we’ll do well. You need a few extra players when you are going into another league obviously.
“We’ve got a good bunch of lads here though so I think we can do well next season,” he said.
Piggon is on a steep learning curve having stepped up from Midland Combination Premier Division level with Farmer.
He says he wants to keep pushing on, but for now he is happy to ply his trade at the Oval following promotion.
“I want to play as high as I can obviously. If it happens it happens, but next year I want to stay here and do well in the Southern Prem,” he said.