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Woolpit can continue to defy the odds and maintain their challenge at the top of the East Anglian Premier League, says club captain Tim Parker.

The Rectory Lane-based outfit have been the surprise package in the Premier League so far this season, currently occupy second place going into this weekend.

And ahead of their trip to strugglers Horsford tomorrow (11am), Parker believes the village side will be able to keep up their stunning start to the campaign.

“It’s been a fantastic season so far, better than anyone had expected,” Parker said. “Because of the quality that there is in the Premier League, we as a village side were just looking to be competitive and finish mid-table.

“This run has given us a confidence boost and changed our mindset. Before we were hoping to survive in games, now we’re hoping to win them.

“The top half of the EAPL is now the target, even a top-three finish is realistic, based on our current form.”

Woolpit have claimed some big scalps so far this season, with wins against last year’s champions Swardeston following impressive victories against Great Witchingham and Vauxhall Mallards.

Summer signings Michael Rippon and Sean Dickson have made an immediate impact, with the South African all-rounders already proving to be excellent acquisitions at the club.

Dickson is currently Woolpit’s leading run-scorer this season having knocked in more than 350 runs, while Rippon has took the most wickets so far with 21 to his name.

“Having the two South Africans coaching and playing for us has made a huge difference,” Parker said. “Sean was defined as a batsmen before but has been excellent with the new ball.

“We’re nearly halfway through the season now, so we know what to expect from most of the teams.

“We’re strong enough to compete with them all, and like other clubs, will be able to strengthen our team when some of the young players are back for the summer holidays.”