Falcons soar to double after last day Kirkby win

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WHEN George Peirse sits down and reminisces about another momentous season at the club in a few weeks time, the gaffer will no doubt still be brimming with excitement after his men sealed the double last week.

Thirsk Falcons wrestled the Harrogate Premier League title from Harrogate Railway on goal difference after an emphatic 5-1 victory over Kirkby on the final day of the campaign.

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It brought to an end a manic few weeks on the pitch for Peirse’s troops who had to win their final six games to clinch the championship out of the hands of long time leaders Railway.

They did it in style much to the delight of the Sowerby School number one. Goals from Stu Rose (2), Dan McCalmont (2) and Les Williams sealed the win.

“I’m absolutely delighted,” he said.

“All credit to the players. We had to win our last six games and they were all difficult. I think the turning point for me was when we beat Kirk Deighton 3-1 away, that was a big win.”

Peirse was full of praise for his fellow management staff and band of loyal players for their effort over the last ten months.

“The young players who have come in have done fantastic,” he continued.

“Players like Stu Rose. Then there’s the likes of Ryan McKendry, he’s come up from the thirds in the space of a few seasons. He was a revelation this season, you played him in any position and he was fantastic.

“A big thank-you has to goes to my number two Jimmy McKendry. He’s been absolutely superb.

“I don’t think there’s any co-incidence that since he came in after Christmas we went on our really good run.”

Peirse is already planning for a fresh assault on the division next season.

Falcons will again ply their trade in the Harrogate League according to their gaffer who feels their squad will get even stronger.

“I’ve already made three signings,” he said.

“If we keep our young lads together I think we’ve got a really good squad.

“We’ll have to see about Les (Williams). He said this was his last season but then again he said that last season.

“I think he’s had his best season since I’ve been manager here.”

There was only one dampener on Thursday. Despite Thirsk looking favourites to lift the title on the night the league trophy wasn’t present to lift at the end of the 90 minutes.

Thirsk will get their hands on the cup at a later date.

Meanwhile KIRKBY MALZEARD will use the summer months to regroup according to chairman John Pickard.

The defending league champions had a disappointing finish to their campaign which saw them finish second bottom in the division.

Only Burley and Knaresborough Celtic (who don’t feature in the final table) were below them.

“It’s been disappointing from a first team point of view,” he said.

“But we’ll move on. Next year it’s a new chapter, a fresh start and we’ll treat it as that.”

Kirkby’s first team ended with the aforementioned defeat at Thirsk.

Nicki Westbury scoring a consolation after Lewis King was fouled in the box. Alex Benson was man-of-the-match.

However their seconds went out with a bang.

They thrashed Dalton 9-1 finishing fourth in Division Two. Westbury (3), Stuart Clark (3), captain Shane Hayden (1), Neil Barlow (1) and Ashley Richardson (1) finished off the rout.

Mark Windle was man-of-the-match.

The club will be holding their presentation night tonight at Magdalens Pub in Ripon. There will be a race night, everyone is welcome.

Cost is £6 and will start 7.45-8pm.