max temp: 10°C

min temp: 5°C

Kings of Anglia Issue 9 Magazine Offer

Benhall boss Wilkins excited about season ahead after perfect start

PUBLISHED: 17:29 23 August 2018 | UPDATED: 17:29 23 August 2018

Benhall St Mary have made a perfect start to their SIL Senior Division campaign. Picture: STEVE WALLER

Benhall St Mary have made a perfect start to their SIL Senior Division campaign. Picture: STEVE WALLER

© Copyright Stephen Waller

Benhall St Mary boss Carl Wilkins is very excited for the future of the club.

Chris Sillett in action for Benhall St Mary. Picture: STEVE WALLERChris Sillett in action for Benhall St Mary. Picture: STEVE WALLER

The ‘Badgers’ head into this weekend’s game at Haughley with two wins from their opening two matches, leaving them second in the early SIL Senior Division table.

And the convincing 4-1 victories over Coplestonians and Wenhaston have certainly excited Wilkins, who led his side to an eighth-placed finish in their first season at this level last campaign.

“We’ve started really well,” said Wilkins. “Pre-season was fantastic and one of the best since I’ve been here. We had some great results against tough opposition; particularly the 0-0 draw against Framlingham in which we had some great chances to score.

“Our squad looks strong and exciting with the new signings of Tom Mower, Ryan Noy and Will Ridgard slotting into the side fantastically.

“We have the added bonus of Chris Wright helping us on the management side this season, and, with the likes of him, Chris Sillett and Ross Pemberton, there is so much experience in the side.

“Combine that with the flair of Shane Hambling and Tom Winter (who scored a hat-trick against Wenhaston), and there’s a great balance to the team.”

Benhall’s opening games have been at home, and Wilkins is keen to emphasise how much he values home support.

“Every week our home support gets bigger and bigger,” said the boss.

“We really appreciate our fans and it’s great for lads to show off their skills in front of such an enthusiastic bunch.

“For a small village club, we’ve came along way in the last few years (after winning promotion and a Cup final in 2016/17), and hopefully we will continue to do so.

“We’re looking to refurbish the ground next season if we raise enough funds, which would put the icing on the cake for a great bunch of lads and fantastic supporters.”

Wilkins will be hoping his side can make it three wins from three against a much-improved Haughley side.

Elsewhere in the Senior Division this weekend, Bramford host Grundisburgh, Wenhaston welcome Felixstowe Harpers, while Westerfield travel to Capel.

Promoted pair Claydon and Trimley Red Devils meet, while Cranes take on Henley and defending champions Achilles visit Leiston St Margarets.

Bailey hasn’t had the best start to life and hopes someone can give him the loving home he deserves. Watch our video of him playing with his favourite toy.

Crowds watched in awe as a 50ft Christmas tree was lifted into place on the newly renovated Ipswich Cornhill, just in time for the festival period.

David Kindred takes a look at past building sites around Ipswich before the introduction of health and safety including St Margaret’s church and Fore Street.

A lorry driver has been arrested after his heavy goods vehicle crashed into the central reservation on the A14 at Ipswich.

Walkers crisps, frozen mash, children’s shoes, and wine from John Lewis are a few of the many items which are being recalled. Check the list and make sure you don’t have these products in your home.

Highways England is to resurface a stretch of uneven road which has been causing major delays for motorists on the A14.

From a new restaurant opening in Ipswich to finding out which Suffolk road is in the top 10 of riskiest roads in the East of England.

Police have discovered the body of a missing teenager in Lakenheath.

Children’s authors took centre stage in a question and answer session in Ipswich.

A driver who was stopped in Ipswich for allegedly using a mobile phone behind the wheel has been arrested after reportedly giving a positive drugs test.

Most read

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Newsletter Sign Up

Ipswich Star daily newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

MyDate24 MyPhotos24