Essex Division One: Alan Ison urges Upminster to build on title win
PUBLISHED: 15:00 26 August 2016
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Captain wants success to be only the start of good times at club
Upminster may have wrapped up the Essex League Division One title with two games to go, but skipper Alan Ison knows they cannot rest on their laurels if they want a good first year back in the Premier Division.
Relegation-threatened Woodford Wells visit tomorrow (Saturday), before Upminster end the season at Harlow a week later.
With the title and promotion already secured, Ison and Upminster would be forgiven for letting their guard down against Wells on Saturday.
But the captain is keen to ensure they start to build for next season, in a bid to avoid an immediate return to Division One.
Ison said: “We want to keep the squad together for next season, but hopefully we can add a few more to our squad too.
“Over the next couple of weeks, we’re going to give some of the younger players a try to see what they can do.
“We’ll also try one or two things out to make sure we’re already
building towards being back in the Premier Division next year.”
Upminster’s success this season has been built hugely on the club’s impressive youth system, from which they are reaping the rewards once more.
Nine regular first XI players this season have been playing for the club since at least under-16 level, while seven of those have come all the way through the youth system.
Five of those sparkling products are also under the age of 20, which means the future looks bright for Upminster.
And with Ison, 25, hinting youth will be given a chance in the final two matches of the season for Upminster, there could be further success stories to come.
For now, though, Ison is keen to celebrate being back in the Premier Division after two seasons out of the top flight.
“It’s good to be back, but we still have two games to go which will give us a chance to look at some of the younger players,” he added.
“It will be a good game against Wells, but it does allow for us to
try new fielding positions or new batsmen higher up the order.”
In their final home match of the league season, Ison will be hoping Upminster can celebrate their success in style.