BOB COLWELL has spoken of his pride in Signcraft after the club completed a famous league and cup double this season.

Signcraft won Division Two of the East Berkshire League before going on to lift the President’s Cup following a 2-1 win against KS Gryf Reserves.

George Clark scored from the penalty spot in normal time and substitute Aaron Pluck bagged the winner in extra time at The Gore.

Signcraft first began as a youth team in 1982 and Colwell is proud to see them develop into a leading senior side, and he has now set his sights on promotion into the Premier Division.

“It has been a good year. There has been some tough times but it’s nice to see a new generation of players come along,” he told the Observer.

“I feel very proud because all the hard work that has been put in has paid off. It just makes it all worthwhile. The commitment we’ve put into the team is considerable. Win or lose you do the same but the icing on the cake is to win something.

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PHOTO: Signcraft captain Dan Seagrove lifts the President's Cup.

“We would have won the league two weeks before we actually did had two teams not dropped out. The league was exceptionally important but the cup was a pleasure.”

Colwell continued: “We have a lot to learn still about different styles of football, when teams kick you around a bit. The higher the side is the more intimidating they’ve been this season.

“Our goal is to get into the Premier Division and we’ve done all right so far in only our second season in men’s football.

“We will need to recruit a few players because we will lose some that have not got regular shirts this season. You’ve got to have your best team out week after week because there are some very good sides in Division One.

"As the players develop as footballers and young men they will learn to deal with these pressures.

“The team people saw in the cup final started as a youth side at under-7s level. We’ve lost a few and gained some older players, but the oldest on Saturday was 22, so we have youth and fitness on our side.”

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PHOTO: Signcraft (blue and white) beat KS Gryf Reserves 2-1 in the final of the President's Cup this season.

Commenting on their win in the cup final, Colwell said: "We can grind teams down and keep on going.

"The cup run was tough and we had to dig deep, and we're the sort of side that you don't know what you're going to get. We're either brilliant or fall apart, but that's the same for everyone in football, so it was great to see us lift the cup.

"I didn't really feel at any point that we could not win. My primary concern was penalties where their experience might have told, but we popped up with the winning goal in time added so it was quite a relief.

"I was quietly confident but Gryf are a good side. They had a number of Premier Division players in that side, so when we do go up the leagues we now know that we will not get mangled each week."

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