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Captain Matt Howard leaves Harleston Town after Thurlow Nunn League First Division Knockout Cup victory




Harleston Town’s departing skipper said the Thurlow Nunn League First Division Knockout Cup victory was the perfect way to wrap up his time with the club.

Matt Howard put in a captain’s performance as he led his side to cup glory in his final game for the First Division North runners-up, due to an upcoming relocation to Manchester.

He scored in the first half as the team netted six unanswered goals in last Friday night’s encounter against their South Division counterparts Holland FC.

Football action from Harleston v Lakenheath - Matt Howard (H) and Ryan Weaver (L) ..Picture by Mark Bullimore Photography. (9534932)
Football action from Harleston v Lakenheath - Matt Howard (H) and Ryan Weaver (L) ..Picture by Mark Bullimore Photography. (9534932)

Speaking after the game, Howard said: “It was a brilliant win and we played really well.

“We’ve got some good players and we really showed that with our performance. You don’t want to end on a loss so it’s great to end my time with Harleston with a cup final win. It’s a great way to get to say goodbye to the club.”

“I can’t see it (league title) happening tomorrow with Swaffham playing the side at the bottom, so it is a big thing for us to win this trophy and we will definitely enjoy celebrating it.

“It’s nice to win a cup final in the last minute, but I’m also very happy to win them 6-0 as well.

“I am just very proud of what we’ve achieved.”

He signs off having helped the club in their successful transition from the Hadley & Ottaway Anglian Combination Premier Division days and came within one game of guiding the team to back-to-back league titles.



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