Perrin believes future looks bright for Harold Wood with young players getting chance

PUBLISHED: 12:00 14 September 2018

Harold Wood skipper Craig Perrin (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Harold Wood skipper Craig Perrin (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Wood ended season with an eight-wicket loss at Hutton last weekend

Craig Perrin believes the future is bright for Harold Wood after finishing the season in fifth place in the Shepherd Neame Essex League Division One.

Wood ending the campaign with 220 points for their efforts, but finished 90 adrift of the promotion places.

The aim for Perrin’s men at the start of the term had been to challenge for a place in the top two, but sadly that fizzled out after a bright start to the term.

The Wood skipper revealed he was disappointed the team were unable to feature much in the promotion battle in the closing weeks of the season, but revealed that allowed the club to blood some younger faces in the first XI.

And he feels that will be of huge benefit to Wood in the years to come as they seek a return to the Premier Division.

“We started the season strongly and we did OK in the middle part too, but we started to give young players a chance once we knew promotion was out of reach,” he said.

“That’s a positive we’ll take from the season in that the youngsters are developing and we were able to help them by giving them game time in the first XI.

“By putting them in the first XI, we tried to challenge the younger players. They stood up to that challenge well in the most part and will be stronger for the opportunity.

As for what went wrong at times this term, Perrin feels he knows where Wood must improve most ahead of next summer’s campaign.

“Our fielding was poor at times this season and that is an area we have to work on over the winter,” said Perrin.

The Wood skipper also revealed he would like to lead the team again next term, even if it was stressful at times.

“I’ve got a few more grey hairs now than I had at the start of the season,” joked the wicket-keeper.

“Being the captain was a challenge, but it was an enjoyable one. There are things I could have done better and that is something I’m looking to learn from.

“I want to help the club get back into the Premier Division. There’s work to do for us to achieve it, but I’m relishing it.”

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