Colney Heath look for improvement

IT looks like an exciting season ahead for Colney Heath after the club made several key signings this summer. Joint-bosses Scott Lacey and Wes Awad have managed to attract goalscorer Ian Cooper to the club along with former Arlesey Town manager Matt Corbo

IT looks like an exciting season ahead for Colney Heath after the club made several key signings this summer.

Joint-bosses Scott Lacey and Wes Awad have managed to attract goalscorer Ian Cooper to the club along with former Arlesey Town manager Matt Corbould, goalkeeper Paul Daley, Jack Coombes and Mark Spiers and Lacey is looking is hoping to improve on last season's 12th place finish.

"After hitting the dizzy heights of third at Christmas last year and thinking we had a squad good enough for a top three or even top six finish, to finish 12th was disappointing," Lacey told the Herts Advertiser.

"Unfortunately the goals dried up and it was hard to keep the squad together with nothing to play for. Maybe me and Wes should have taken the smaller cup competitions more seriously so there was something to play for at the end of the season - that is something we'll be doing this season."


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Lacey is particularly pleased with the acquisitions of Cooper and Daley, who has quickly become known as 'Little Bo Peep'.

"We've signed Ian Cooper who has always played about two or three levels above Spartan South Midlands. When he heard what we wanted to do he was very happy to sign and I think he will score goals in abundance."

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"Paul Daley is one of the best goalkeepers around and he's 32 so he's got experience. We had young Tom (Blackman) in goal last year and I think this is just what he needs. He's got everything in his locker, he just needs to get experience and if he's patient he could become one of the best goalkeepers in Hertfordshire.

"In the middle of the park we've signed Jack Coombes from Enfield, who we're extremely pleased to have on board. We've also got Mark Spiers from Hoddesdon Town.

"In Ian (Cooper), Aaron (Clarke), Phil (Jackman) and John Donoghue, who are staying on, I think that is possibly the best squad strike-force in the league. We've lost Ant Muthusamy and Richie Howard and they are both massive losses but I think we've replaced to that standard.

"Our ambition for this season is anything better than last season. A higher finish in the league than 12th and a good run in the cups would be great.

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