Football

Cunningham mounts a tittle challenge

STEVE Cunningham believes he has assembled the strongest Colne squad in his five years in charge as he mounts a title challenge.

Colne have flirted with promotion from the Northern Premier League Division One North West in the last three years, but after near misses in the play-offs Cunningham is determined to get over the line this time.“The play-offs killed me last year, I can’t go through that again,” said the Reds boss.“It’s a tough league with 10 new teams and there are probably a lot of teams in the same boat as us and want to get promoted.“Ultimately our aim is to finish in top spot.”Cunningham hopes the capture of Sefton Gonzales will go a long way to achieving that.The 6ft 4in striker was the second top scorer in the division with Droylsden last season.“He’s experienced and a goal threat. He’s a beast of a lad and gives us something a bit different as we are predominantly a small team,” said Cunningham, who has further added to his strike force by signing former Accrington Stanley youngster Matt Hazeldine from Clitheroe.Colne have lost Alex Curran, Brad Lynch, Oliver Wood and Marty Morgan but have recruited wide man Aiden Chippendale, central midfielder Tom Donaldson and centre half Andrew Hollins, while Danny Boyle is also set to return to the club.


“This is the strongest squad I’ve had coming into my sixth season now,” said Cunningham.Colne, who finished fourth last season, kick off their 2019/20 season at home to Ashton United on Saturday 3rd August, kick-off 3pm at Sovereign Play Stadium Holt House.

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