"Its an opportunity to go and test ourselves at a higher level, and show teams what we can do" - Woolley reacts to upward movement

“It’s an opportunity to go and test ourselves at a higher level, and show teams what we can do” – Woolley reacts to upward movement

1874 Captain Matt Woolley revealed he is “extremely proud,” that the club’s application for upward movement has been accepted.

He said: “The players, management, supporters and everyone behind the scenes all deserve this upward movement and hopefully it puts an end to this saga.

“I’m extremely proud and it’s a great effort from everyone at the club.

“I’m proud to be the Captain of the club, however it’s been a group effort built up over the years from everybody at the club and this is a great moment.

Woolley, who has been with the club since the 2013/14 campaign, believes that if we play to our full potential, we can make a real mark in the Northern Premier League next season.

“Nobody wants to go through the motions and let the season fizzle out, it’s an opportunity to go and express ourselves and show teams at a higher level what we can do.

“We’ve done that in certain games in previous cup runs but now we’re really looking forward to doing that each week and coming up against new teams and players.

The 2019/20 season saw us embroiled in late drama with various last-minute winners and Matt explained that they never doubted that their quality would shine through.

“Everyone talks about the Skelmersdale game and Callam Gardner’s winner with minutes to go but I think he forgets I scored a penalty that game as well!

“The Longridge game had a late winner and so did Rylands at home as well.

“All those moments were what we were about that season; we kept working hard and our quality showed through in the end.

Our upward movement sees us move into the newly formed Northern Premier League Division One West and Woolley added he is looking forward to testing himself at a higher level.

“I’m looking forward to playing at that level above. The pitches are better, and the standard is a higher level too.

“We’ve got the ability but it’s about making sure we are fitter and stronger than we have been to compete at the levels we aspire too.

“It’ll be a lot more tactical which to an extent suits what we already do, and it adds the challenge of looking how to breakdown certain teams step up which is what we’ve done throughout the past few

In a message to our supporters, Matt expressed he was “made up” for everyone involved with the club.

“It’s such a hard league to get out of and I don’t think anyone can argue that we didn’t deserve it especially with the PPG putting us in 1st place.

“Getting promoted out of the North West Counties is a massive achievement and it allows the club to do what it wants to in the future.

“It’ll be great to have the fans back at some point so we can have the opportunity to celebrate this moment together!”

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