Cook provided all ingredients for opening-day win over Bromley
Updated: Aug 11, 2022
Match-winner Jack Cook said it was a proud moment to mark his first game as club captain with a thrilling home win over Bromley.
Cook was chosen by manager Stuart Maynard to replace Jerome Okimo as the man to wear the armband – and last season's Player of the Season showed why with a performance full of leadership on Saturday.
The former Woking man, 28, marshalled a backline featuring three new signings and then popped up for the winner with a thumping header 12 minutes from time.
"It's brilliant to get off the mark with a win – and to score is an added bonus," said Cook. "The boys did extremely well to come from behind as that goal at the end of the first half was a real kick in the teeth. But we said if we kept playing our football, we'd get a result and that's what happened. We've set the standard now."
Cook's standards, both on and off the field, were one of the reasons why Maynard named him as his on-field lieutenant.
"It's amazing, I didn't expect it," said Cook. "The manager called me early in pre-season to tell me. It's an honour to represent this club, these fans and these players. I'm delighted – and delighted to get off the mark as captain with a win and a goal. It was a good day all round."
While Cook stood firm at the back, Olufela Olomola lead from the front and was a menace all afternoon against Bromley, getting off the mark after just 16 minutes on his debut.
"From the moment he came into the set up, from the very first training session, he set the standard," said Cook. "He set the level today and was fantastic. He gives us an out ball and was very vocal as well. As a captain, you need a few of the senior lads to help get the message across. He's only 24 but he's very much one of the senior lads. He's a brilliant signing."
The win over the FA Trophy winners on Saturday was the perfect way to start a third successive season in the National League and gives the team a shot in the arm ahead of the trip to Eastleigh on Saturday.
"We looked at the fixture list and the first three fixtures were challenging, especially against Bromley who should be in and around the plays offs," said Cook. "We knew we had to get off the mark ahead of two tough away games and we've done that, so we can go into that Eastleigh game with confidence and momentum. We set the standard today and if we fight like that and play like that, we'll get results in this league."
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