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Canterbury City going for the double

Canterbury City manager Dave Fairclough
Canterbury City manager Dave Fairclough

Canterbury City will be aiming to complete a second successive league and cup double when they take on the University of Kent in the Les Leckie Cup final on Thursday.

City secured the Kent County League Division 1 East title with a 4-1 win over Otford United on Saturday.

The final is being played at Faversham’s Salters Lane ground and manager Dave Fairclough (pictured right) will be without five first-team regulars.

He said: "I think it will be a tough match. We’re missing a few regulars through work commitments but hopefully we can go into the game and relax because the league is won.

"It will be a chance for one or two younger players and will give them good experience. We did the league and cup double last year and it would be nice to emulate that again.

"It would also be good to get the Les Leckie Cup on the honours board as we won’t be eligible to play in it next year."

After guiding Canterbury to two successive promotions, Fairclough believes a mid-table finish in the Premier Division would be respectable.

He added: "It was nice to win the league with a couple of games to go because at one stage I thought it was going to go right down to the wire.

"If we finish mid-table next season it would represent a fantastic achievement. The Premier Division is a strong league and there is a lot of quality at that level.

"Now that we have got in it, the most important thing to do is make sure we stay there. I think we will have a better idea of how we are going to do after the first eight league games."

City travel to New Romney in their penultimate league game of the season on Saturday.

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