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My Boden boys are on the rise, says Clemons

Clemons and his Bodens team-mates are making steady strides in Swedish football’s fourth-tier

Willie Clemons believes that he and his Boden team-mates have a “good chance” of gaining promotion from the fourth tier of Swedish football this season.

Boden are fifth in the 14-team standings, four points adrift of leaders IFK Irma, and have gone unbeaten in their last five outings.

“We’ve got a really good group of guys and I think we’ve got a good chance to get promoted this year,” Clemons, the Bermuda midfielder, told The Royal Gazette.

The league champions gain automatic promotion to the third tier at the end of the season, with the runners up taking part in a promotion play-off involving their counterparts from the remaining five regions in the division.

“Right now we’re in a good run of form, things are shaping up well for us in the table,” Clemons said. “We’re well on track to finish the season in a good position.”

Boden have not been beaten since April when they suffered a heavy 4-1 defeat away to league leaders IFK Irma — their only league loss of the season.

“We started well considering we had two tough games right out of the gate and have gained momentum each week,” Clemons said.

Boden saw their four-game win streak come to an end last weekend when they drew 2-2 away to Ytterhogdal but will look to get back to winning ways at home against lowly IFK Ostersund at Boden Arena today.

Clemons penned a two-year deal for Boden in March after participating in the Professional Soccer Consulting Baltic Showcase Tour in Latvia and Estonia in the hope of landing a professional deal.

He was recommended by national team-mate Dante Leverock, who joined Estonian Premium Liiga side JK Narva Trans in January after being scouted during PSC’s Fort Lauderdale combine last year.

The 23-year-old made an immediate impact after joining Boden as he helped his new club win a preseason tournament — in which he was named the most valuable player.

He scored on his professional debut with the Swedish side in a 2-2 draw away to Hudiksvalls in their league season opener and has three goals overall in seven appearances so far this term.