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Wednesday, 26 November 2014

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Varty replaces Stokes as Cockermouth coach

Ex-Broughton Red Rose boss David Varty has replaced former Workington Town and Whitehaven coach Ged Stokes at Cumberland League Division One Cockermouth.

He will be assisted by Lee Dawson and club chairman Paul Henson, who is confident the club is heading in the right direction.

“We are looking for the top four, the same as any team,” Henson said. “As long as we progress every year, that’s what we want.

“Hopefully, three or four years down the line we’ll be pushing for top spot. There’s no reason we can’t. We have three or four good 17-year-olds and our average age is about 23.”

Stokes stepped down after opting to move to Australia to pursue business interests, and he left with the best wishes of the club.

Henson added: “We were really pleased with what Ged did at the club. He brought the young lads on leaps and bounds and was really good.”

Cockermouth lie sixth in the table and should welcome back Johnny Goulding on his return from a BARLA Great Britain Under-23 tour of Jamaica.

They have been without the talented prop all season after he suffered a dislocated and fractured ankle in the league opener three months ago.

Two of their top youngsters, Matty Henson and Sean Mumberson, will miss a couple of matches however when they join the BARLA Emerging Lions squad for a tour to the Czech Republic later this month.

Cockermouth tomorrow host Wath Brow looking for a big change from their last effort against the Hornets, when they travelled with an under-strength team.

“We had a really bad result against them earlier in the season,” the chairman said. “Their Conference game was called off so they played some of those players against us.

“I’m not making excuses because we want to play against the best players, but we lost heavily and are looking for a better result.”

Cockermouth have been handed a home draw against Glasson in the Cumberland Cup semi-finals next week while Maryport travel to Kells.

“We are happy with the draw and think we stand a chance of making the final, if everything goes to plan,” Henson said.

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