Achilles look to continue good run
ACHILLES face a home game with second-in-the-table Haughley tomorrow, and they will be looking to continue their revival.When they suffered a long win-less sequence from October to January, it looked as though the Ipswich-based side were on their way down to junior football.
By Elvin King
ACHILLES face a home game with second-in-the-table Haughley tomorrow, and they will be looking to continue their revival.
When they suffered a long win-less sequence from October to January, it looked as though the Ipswich-based side were on their way down to junior football.
But three victories in their last four matches have turned things around for Alan Middle's men.
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“If we play like we have been there is no reason why we should not get something tomorrow,” said Middle.
“And we follow with five games against teams in the bottom half of the division.”
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Middle puts his side's improvement down to the arrival of experienced central defender Robert Knott from Whitton.
“We now have someone who can organise the defence,” said Middle. “And moving Lee Osborn from midfield to striker has been a revelation, with (Obsorn scoring) six goals in his last four games.
“With Gavin Vince, Lee is forming a potent strike force these days.”
Trevor Childs misses out tomorrow because of injury. The former player/manager has played the last two games in midfield.
“Everybody at the club wants to retain our senior status,” added Middle, who runs the side with Kevin Sharman. Both have yet to confirm that they will stay in charge for 2007/08.
“I will sit down with Kevin when we know what the future will be and decide what to do. At the moment we are looking to carry on.”
Achilles were in line for honours last season, but like East Bergholt and Ransomes Sports they have lost players and dropped down the table this term.
In the Premier Division of the Ridgeons League Woodbridge Town visit Clacton Town tonight, while none of the Ipswich area clubs will benefit crowd-wise from the Tractor Boys not having a game tomorrow.
Ipswich Wanderers are at Diss, Needham Market visit Kirkley, Felixstowe and Walton United travel to Wisbech and Leiston meet Stanway.
In the First Division, Debenham Leisure Centre entertain leaders Swaffham, while Whitton are at home to Yarmouth. Walsham-le-Willows are away to Thetford United.
Albion Mills Reserves have won promotion from Division Six of the SIL, but anything but victories for Alstons and Somersham Reserves tomorrow will confirm their relegations from Divisions Three and Four respectively.