AS a new season gets underway, Warrington Hockey Club will be hoping for more of the same.

The 2019-20 campaign was a hugely successful one for the town’s oldest hockey club, with the men’s first team securing a dominant promotion to Division One of the North West Hockey League.

When they were finally allowed to return to action, they did so with a 6-1 thumping of neighbours St Helens – a sign that the good times may be continuing to roll.

Led by captain Jordan Penfold, the team’s success was punctuated by several impressive individual achievements.

Richard Cook finished as the division’s leading scorer after netting 30 times while goalkeeper Thomas Lloyd spearheaded a defence that had to best record in all 14 Northern hockey divisions.

“The season held an eclectic array of team performances,” head coach James Clarke said.

“Heroic ‘backs to the wall’ win against rivals Bowdon, rugged wars of attrition against Knutsford and seaside successes at Colwyn Bay and Bangor all stick out.”

It is not just the men who are looking forward to the new campaign – the women’s firsts have a new captain in Meg Sutch and she is setting big targets.

“I’m excited to be captain this year,” she said.

“I’m eager to push the ladies first team on to another competitive season and get promotion”.

Furthermore, both the men’s and women’s seconds will also be looking to build on encouraging seasons, led by captains Noal Philpotts and Tammy Finlayson respectively.

The club are currently welcoming new players of all standards. Training sessions run on Thursday evenings at Priestley College while further fitness sessions are run at Warrington Sports Club.

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