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‘The time was right for me to go’ - boss Hillyard on leaving SIL champs Achilles

Luke Hillyard, left, has departed SIL champions Achilles. Picture: NIGE BROWN

Luke Hillyard, left, has departed SIL champions Achilles. Picture: NIGE BROWN


Outgoing Achilles boss Luke Hillyard admits he felt his time was up with the Ipswich-based club.

Hillyard, who guided Achilles to the Suffolk & Ipswich League Senior division title last season, left the club last week after three seasons in charge.

“I felt the time was right for me to go,” he said.

“I loved my time at the club, it is a great place. But I just thought I had taken them as far as I could.

“Winning the title last season was the pinacle and we’d won everything we could. I think I’ve left the club in a better place than when I arrived.”

Andy Coote and Trevor Childs, who were with Hillyard at Achilles, are the new management team.

“I feel I need to step up in the game,” Hillyard, who was offered the Ipswich Wanderers job 18 months ago, but didn’t take it, admitted.

“I’ve got lots of good contacts in the sport and I know I’m capable. I need to take that next step.”

This weekend Achilles travel to Bramford United looking to put pressure on the top two, Crane Sports and Capel Plough.

It looks likely to be a tight affair this season in the division, with no side still unbeaten.

Leaders Crane Sports make the trip to Leiston St Margarets, having been held to a draw by Haughley last weekend, while second-placed Capel Plough have an interesting clash at Claydon.

Claydon have done well since their promotion to the senior division last season and last week won at Bramford.

Both Benhall St Mary (0-2 defeat to Trimley) and Henley (0-0) at East Bergholt, will feel they dropped points last week, although, like Claydon, Trimley are showing good form after their promotion last season.

Benhall St Mary will hope to continue Grundisburgh’s miserable start to the campaign, basement-based Micky Squirrell’s side still without a point after seven matches.

Trimley travel to Felixstowe Harpers in a seaside local derby.

Westerfield entertain Haughley, while Wenhaston, who were well beaten at Achilles last weekend, 1-5, are at home to Henley Athletic.

A taxi, coach and mini-bus hire company in Ipswich has stopped trading, leaving a group of customers with a prior booking waiting for a minibus that never turned up.

A University of Suffolk student has talked openly about overcoming the death of her mother to win the “best dissertation” award.

A man and a woman have been arrested following an altercation in the car park of the Golden Hind pub in Ipswich.

A 27-year-old London man has admitted causing serious injury to a schoolboy after failing to stop for police in Ipswich.

Thieves smashed their way into a sports and social club in Trimley St Martin on Tuesday stealing bottles of alcohol and soft drinks.

Ipswich Town are launching a temporary Planet Blue shop in the run up to Christmas, taking over the former Toni & Guy unit in the Buttermarket.

An Ipswich pensioner discovered a 100-year-old letter written to one of her relatives during the First World War.

Here’s a sneak peek at some of the ghoulish and grisly items coming up for auction in Essex, to put you in the mood for Halloween. Sworders Fine Art have been building up a collection of strange consignments for their next ‘Out of the Ordinary’ sale to be held early next year.

The bosses of a pharmaceutical company which has been growing cannabis legally in Norfolk since 2016 for the international medicinal market are now hopeful of being able to offer their cannabis-derived medicine on prescription in the UK.

A married couple who died this week are thought to have fallen down the stairs of their Aldeburgh home.

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