Falcons reveal big plans after super start to season

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THIRSK Falcons boss George Peirse will sit down with his turkey on Christmas Day a happy man after witnessing a magnificent start to their 2011/12 season.

Peirse nearly masterminded a clean sweep of trophies last season but missed out on the North Riding Cup, dropping out at the quarter-final stages.

This season, however, they are chasing honours on four different fronts.

Saturday’s League Challenge Cup clash away at Beckwithshaw Saints was postponed, so the side won’t reutrn to competitive action until January 2012.

It could be Falcons’ finest year but Peirse knows there is a long way to go before his side can re-write the record books.

“We’re in with a shout to win all four but that’s a massive ask,” he said.

“You need a lot of luck to do that but of course we’ll be going for it. The North Riding Cup is the Holy Grail for us. We’d take that over the league if I’m being honest.

“We came so close last season so to go and win it again would be great. The one I’d like to win is the Senior Cup. I’ve never won that one.

“If we do that one then it’s a clean sweep and that would be great.”

Looking back on 2011, Peirse has a number of personal highlights.

The Harrogate Premier League win was top of the pile with their defence of the League Challenge Cup a close second.

Meanwhile plans are continuing to progress to move out of the Harrogate League next season.

Falcons are looking to move into the Teesside League but a decision won’t be made until March.

“We’ve been looking at it for a while,” continued Peirse.

“No disrespect to the Harrogate League but it’s not much of test when you’re beating teams six or seven nil every week. The group of players I’ve got deserve to be playing at a higher standard.

“We looked into the West Yorkshire League but we’re just out of range. It’s a shame because we want to test ourselves against the likes of Boroughbridge and Ripon City.

“It sounds daft but we’re literally in the middle of nowhere. We’re 20 miles from York, 30 odd miles to Darlington and 20 miles to Harrogate. We’re in a tough position, but we need to make that decision.”

KIRKBY MALZEARD chairman John Pickard, meanwhile, feels, despite their poor league position, the best from his side is yet to come.

Malzeard are struggling near the foot of the Premier League table, having lost out 4-2 to Kirk Deighton Rangers at home on Saturday.

But, apart from their heavy Whitworth Cup defeat at the hands of Boroughbridge, Pickard has been impressed with the progression of the new look side so far this season.

It was always going to be a difficult transitional period for Kirkby who lost a host of their first team players at the end of last season.

With boss Phil Ambler and assistant Glyn Tasker stepping down before the end of last season, new manager Andrew Thompson has had to re-build his side.

“We’ve got to push on now in the new year,” said Pickard.

“It’s been difficult but the results have been picking up. “But we know it’s going to be tough.”