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Hornsey captain hopes for greater consistency in County League Premier Division

09:40 08 May 2014

Hornsey's new captain Michael Philipson (left) and Paul Weekes. Pic: Max Flego

Hornsey's new captain Michael Philipson (left) and Paul Weekes. Pic: Max Flego

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New captain Michael Philipson hopes to see Hornsey competing in the top half of the Premier Division this season after last year’s narrow escape from relegation.

The Tivoli Road side stayed up on the final day of the 2013 campaign despite losing at Richmond, as Winchmore Hill also lost their last match.

Hornsey are now gearing up for their third successive summer in the top flight of the Middlesex County League, and Aussie Philipson is also back in Crouch End for the third year in a row.

The 28-year-old overseas player has taken over the captaincy from Chetan Patel, who will continue to play for the first team, and he would like to see greater consistency.

“We were a bit disappointed with how we finished last year,” said Philipson. “We tended to beat the top four teams but lose to the lower teams, so that’s definitely something we want to improve on.

“Our lowest goal is to remain in the Premier Division, which I’m sure we’ll do. Finishing in the top half is certainly realistic and we should be aiming for the top three or four.

“I captained a bit in the Middlesex Cup last season – we reached the final but unfortunately missed out – and back home for University of Queensland in Brisbane.

“The squad’s pretty much the same. We’ll have Paul Weekes for the second half of the season again, which is always good, and we’ve got Adam Rossington from Middlesex this year.

“We had Ollie Rayner last year but I think he only played one game for us. Unfortunately for us, and fortunately for him, he did really well in the County Championship.

“Adam’s keen to turn out for us and hopefully we’ll have him a fair bit. He’s a wicketkeeper as well so that’s an asset for our squad.”

Hornsey start their league campaign at home against Stanmore on Saturday. They are once again sponsored by north London estate agents Greene & Co and have new support from N4 Gas.

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