Future looking bright for title victors

Dan Barrowclough, left, and Paul Cook lifted the Sterry Cup for Spixworth after their title decider

Dan Barrowclough, left, and Paul Cook lifted the Sterry Cup for Spixworth after their title decider was won 2-0 at Harleston. Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: copyright ARCHANT 2017

An intriguing summer awaits Spixworth as they prepare to jump up step six of the non-league pyramid for the first time in the club's history.

As well as moving to the Football Development Centre in Bowthorpe to meet standards of the Thurlow Nunn Eastern Counties League, the Anglian Combination Premier Division champions will need to strengthen their squad.

After a superb season, winning 28 of their 30 matches and scoring 100 goals, joint boss Andrew Collison is not expecting drastic changes, but hopes to add some more quality to the mix.

'The last couple of years we've lost, not that we've wanted to lose them, but about five players a season,' Collison said.

'So I've asked all the boys and all the boys have said they're staying but we're prepared to lose three or four, either to retire because of the age of some of them or because of the travelling.

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'We'll be able to replace, I've got players ringing and texting me all the time – and some good players as well.

'We'll be like the Harlem Globetrotters next season! We'll have some really good players to add to these.'

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The club started out as Norwich Union in 1888 but became AFC Norwich for a season in 2008, when Pinebanks in Thorpe St Andrew was shut down, before moving to Spixworth in 2009.

Another name change could follow the switch to the FDC, as the club builds for a strong future.

'We'll be moving to the FDC next season and moving up to the Eastern Counties League, I just hope all the boys stay because there is a lot of travelling next season,' Collison added.

'We're going to push the club, we want the club to be one of the top five in the county. That's what we're pushing for and that's where we'll be. In two or three years, we'll be there.'

The title was sealed at the weekend with a 2-0 win at Harleston which stopped their opponents from pinching the crown on the final day of the season – without injured 28-goal top scorer Luke Tuttle.

'Everyone is over the moon, a great result at the hardest place to come,' the Spixworth boss concluded. 'Harleston are a fantastic team, both teams really deserve the title, any other year they would have got it but our boys just came through.'

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