No rest for the champions as Woodhouse aim for cup

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THERE is no time for celebration for the players of Woodhouse United.

The club was crowned champions of Rochdale Sunday League Division Two on Sunday, without even playing.

Having completed their fixtures Woodhouse had their fingers crossed that Asia, who were the only team who could spoil the party would lose their last game.

That they did on Sunday, going down 5 - 3 at Mark Twain Nomads.

Woodhouse manager Simon Randles and several of his players were there to watch.

While they came away delighted, they realised it was business as usual as Woodhouse are still involved in the league cup.

They play either VASA or Mark Twain Nomads in the third round on Sunday for a place in the quarter finals.

While happy about clinching the league title, manager Randles wants more.

“We can do even better by doing well in the cup,” he said.

But he knows that if his side progress to the latter stages they are almost certain to meet sides from the first division - where they will play next season - and the Premier Division.

“If we do it will be a real test for us and will show just how far we have come,” he said.

He feels though that his side have the capability of getting the double.

To progress after next weekend will mean extending Woodhouse’s season even further with the final of the competition scheduled for May 20.

“It doesn’t matter though, it will be just like another Sunday,” he said.

First they have to get through Sunday’s third round.

“We’re definitely all up for it,” he said.