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Howzat!: New Woodford Green cricket Club captain Jack Cossey backs youngsters to shine in Essex Division Three

PUBLISHED: 15:00 30 April 2016 | UPDATED: 10:35 03 May 2016

Woodford Green bowling at home to Upminster in the Essex League Cup

Woodford Green bowling at home to Upminster in the Essex League Cup

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Skipper Jack Cossey believes youthful team can spring a surprise this season

New Woodford Green skipper Jack Cossey hopes the club’s youth system can continue to produce talented players, but believes the new season may be too early for the current crop.

Green have seen a resurgence in numbers in their younger age groups in recent years and the growing section is starting to bear fruit.

Players have already started featuring in some of Green’s senior sides, and Cossey knows they will one day go on to play for the first eam.

But he believes the current season is too early for most with the majority still around their mid-teens.

“The youth system is doing well at the club and we do have some players who are quite young, but are playing in our seconds and thirds,” he said.

“Hopefully in the future a few can go on to play for the first team, but I think this season might be too soon.”

As for what the squad can achieve, Cossey is hoping for a good start firstly, and will then assess from there.

Last season, Woodford ended in mid-table, comfortably clear of bottom side Old Brentwoods, but appearing incapable of challenging the upper echelons of the division.

At times, they struggled with player availability, especially in the cup competitions, but Cossey hopes that is now all in the past for the club.

“The hope is of course that we can win promotion, but we just want to start well and see where we go from there,” he added.

“We’ve had a few new faces at net sessions and hopefully they will stay with the club over the course of the season.

“That’s the main thing this year, to make sure we have players commited to the cause and that can also help us field teams in the cup.”

It will also be interesting to see how Cossey copes with the added pressure of leading the team in the opening few games, but he seems excited.

“It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a while, so it’s great to get the chance to do that,” he added.

“Last year, Anthony Palmer did it well. He made it fun to play cricket and that helped players stay and want to play. Hopefully I can do that to and we can improve this year.”

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