12:00PM, Thursday 16 January 2020
Nathan Lishman was on target as Cookham Dean claimed a sweet win over local rivals Wraysbury Village to register only their second win in the Thames Valley Premier League this season.
Dean remain rooted to the bottom, two points adrift of the next lowest side Woodley United Royals, but this will be a big morale boost as they head towards the second half of the campaign.
Their season so far has been plagued by ill-luck, injury and a run of poor results but this result helps them bridge the gap to the sides above them and is a significant step in the right direction. They also have a number of games in hand over most of the sides above them in the table and plenty of matches remaining to climb back up the table.
It’s a far cry from last season when Dean led the table for months before dropping out of the title chase in the final weeks of the season.
Wraysbury might be sitting above Dean in the table but they arguably have a worse record, sitting 12th having picked up just 11 points from 15 games.
Dean will now fancy their chances of picking up back-to-back wins when they visit 11th placed Windlesham United on Saturday.
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