Touchline SIL: Cook confident Haughley United can keep pace at the top

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Haughley United boss Jason Cook is confident his side can keep up the pace at the top of the Touchline SIL Senior Division.

Following last weekend’s 3-1 win over top-of-the-table Westerfield United, Haughley sit in third before today’s home encounter (kick-off 2.30pm) against Crane Sports – and with a 100% winning record still intact.

For Cook, it has been a dream start to a season he has high hopes for.

“We’ve built on the end to last season to be honest,” said Cook, whose side were the Bob Coleman Cup runners-up last campaign, as well as being one of the form sides in the league after Christmas.

“The effort the boys have put in from the word go has been fantastic, and we are looking to push on.

“We’re only three games into the season, and we are keeping our feet on the ground, but if we are in the top four by Christmas, we’ll see how we go.”

4-2 winners over Achilles on the opening day, Cook is relishing the chance to take on last season’s champions Crane Sports today – a side who ran away with the 2014/15 Senior League title.

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“Cranes are a very good side,” continued Cook.

“They haven’t had the best start, but I’m not reading into that. They have strengthened in numerous areas this season, and I’d be shocked if they were not in the top two come May.”

Victory this afternoon could propel Haughley into the top two, with Cook quietly confident his side can keep up their lofty position.

“I’m confident we can finish in the top four come the end of the season,” he continued.

“I expect Cranes and Achilles to be up there, but there are a few other sides who are throwing spanners in the works.

“Westerfield are one, and they must be credited with the way they have started. Stuart (Spreadbridge, the Swans’ boss) have made them very stubborn and organised, while I think East Bergholt will be up there too.

“They have embedded nicely into the top of the SIL, and I think Bramford will be a side to look out for as well.”

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