Glossop North End skipper looking forward to brighter days after title win

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Glossop North End skipper Dave Young says the club can look forward to brighter days after sealing the North West Counties title.

The Hillmen lifted the championship thanks to a 3-0 win over Nelson at Surrey Street last Saturday.

However, the league triumph could be just the beginning of the club’s celebrations with two cup finals still to play - including an end-of-season trip to Wembley for the FA Vase Final.

Young, who lifted the trophy 12 years after making his debut for the club, says that the future is bright for the club.

“Saturday was for the fans, the volunteers, the directors; they deserved it,” said the GNE captain.

“They’ve all seen some dark days at the club and so they deserve some silverware and for the club to progress.

“I think Glossop have been a sleeping giant for a few years now and hopefully this promotion can mean we flourish.

“The gaffer (Chris Willcock) has got to take a lot of credit.

“We all sat down at the start of the year and his priority was to win the league.

“He’s got a winning mentality and he’s instilled that drive into the lads.

“We’ve not sacrificed any tournament this year.

“We’ve just focused on winning games and building momentum.

“Defensively we’ve been absolutely superb.

“To concede just 20 times in 38 league games is frightening!

“A lot of our wins have come from having that good grounding.

“We’ve been able to nick games 1-0 because of how solid we’ve been.

“We’re two games away from winning three trophies, which not many teams in the world can lay claim to.

“Fingers crossed we can be one of them.”

Young is adamant that the 2014-15 campaign, whatever the remaining matches have in store, will be one to saviour.

He also believes that the club is well-primed to attack the Evo-Stik leagues in the coming seasons.

GNE face Runcorn Linnets on Saturday in their final league match before the NWCFL League Cup final against Atherton Colleries on April 30.

They then have nine days preparation before the Vase showdown against North Shields on May 9 at the national stadium.

Young added: “We can relax and enjoy the cup finals, but there’s no doubt about it we’re going into the games intent on winning.

“We’re hoping to go there and bring back the trophy this time.

“With the squad we’ve got now, there’s no reason why we can’t finish in the top ten next year.

“Nobody fears teams from the league above.

“We’ve already beaten a few teams above us in various cup competitions this season and I’d imagine we’ll be having a right good go at it next year.”