LITTLE Oakley chairman Michael Good has heaped praise on his title-winning management and players - and admitted being so proud of their success.

The Acorns sealed the Essex and Suffolk Border League championship last weekend after a 2-0 victory at Hatfield Peverel.

It was an ideal way to sign off as they prepare for a new challenge in the Thurlow Nunn League.

“I’m very proud and incredibly pleased to win the league with a group of managers and players I consider friends,” said Good.

“We celebrated long into the night and it was especially pleasing to have so many supporters and former players with us on what was a memorable day for the club.

“It was especially pleasing to see Sam (Eldridge) score the goal that secured the title as he, together with Rory Harman and Jake Kioussis, has been with us since he was eight or nine.

“Senior players like Jamie Dobkin and Lewis Wood have been outstanding for years and have also been with us since youth football.

“My wife, Karen, and I have known the core group of the lads since they were at school with our sons and so it was a very special day for us.

“(Manager) Sean (Tynan) has built a squad of around 18 players this season and all deserve enormous credit.

“They now join the small but elite group of local players who have won the Border League premier division.

“It was a day and a season they will never forget and they should be very proud.”

Oakley will be hoping to make it a league and cup double when they take on Peverel again in the Border League Knockout Cup final at Branthan Athletic next Wednesday.

“I know Sean will prepare the team thoroughly and we’re very keen to complete the league and cup double,” added Good. “We’re also determined to win the Reserve Knockout Cup final on April 25.”

“Both squads will be prepared for what hopefully will be a great end to the season.”