Holt already looking at next season

Following confirmation of their fifth place finish in London 2NE, Holt's coaches Ed Steed and Penny Chapman have already started to plan for the club's next campaign, with pre-season training due to start in early July.

'Whilst the score (123-0) surprised us, the fact Chelmsford's beat Lowestoft and Yarmouth was not really that surprising, given the club's recent form, so we expected to finish fifth and congratulate Chelmsford for their fine campaign and look forward to playing them next season,' said Steed.

'Taking account of how we've played this season, fifth place is about right but we really need to kick on again.

'If you look at the scores in some our games, their were only a few points in them and these could have possibly ended in different outcomes given a change of luck, so we need to become more ruthless, whilst maintaining our strong defensive base.'

Forwards coach Chapman added: ''The defeats we've suffered this season, particularly those at the hands of North Walsham and Woodford, have shown us that we need to take our fitness and physicality to the next level. We're not the finished article and need to look at the clubs above us, in this league and the next, to see what they do differently and learn from them. Off the field we will be working with the club to introduce new systems, with the view to make both our first and second teams even more competitive.'

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Any players wishing to join Holt for pre-season training, regardless of experience, should contact either Steed or Chapman on 07766404662 or 07701011592.

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