DARLINGTON Mowden Park have their sights set on a league and cup double after securing the National Three North title with three games still remaining.
Co-coach Danny Brown and his side face a grudge match against Lymm tomorrow on a day of celebration at their home ground, before attention turns to the Durham County Cup semi-final against Billingham.
“It has been an awesome season, and the club overall has a massive buzz about it right now,” said Danny Brown who, along with John Newton, has formed part of a successful management duo.
“Right since the start of the season the club and the committee have all been united, and that has not always been the case in previous years. They have given us brilliant support, and we are chuffed to bits to have won the league title.”
Aiming to meet Westoe in the County Cup final, Mowden and the Shieldsmen are expected to become familiar foes in National Two North next term.
“We will be in the same league as Westoe presuming they do not manage to get promotion, and it will be good to have that North East rivalry after crossing paths a few seasons ago when we went down and they came up,” said Brown, who is confident of keeping the bulk of his squad together.
“We have an average age of about 22, and hopefully we can keep hold of all or most of them. It has been difficult at times when clubs higher up the leagues have felt they have got the right to come in and take our players away, but the lads have bought in to what we are doing here and have told us when they have been approached. They are enjoying it here, and there is no reason for them to go to another club.”
Mowden’s semi-final opponents Billingham can secure a promotion of their own tomorrow as the North One East league leaders host Old Brodleians, while Durham and Northumberland One high-flyers Darlington could put one foot in the league above should they beat Hartlepool Rovers.
In SSE National One Blaydon welcome back centres Charles Incledon and Kevin McShane for the visit of Stourbridge, while Tynedale face a daunting assignment at home to league leaders Jersey.