Bramford boss looks for more

SIL SOCCER: Bramford United go into their Metaltec SIL Senior Division match at home to Crane Sports with joint manager Glen Parker looking for consistency.

By Elvin King


BRAMFORD United go into their Metaltec SIL Senior Division match at home to Crane Sports with joint manager Glen Parker looking for consistency.

"We let ourselves down last week when we drew with bottom club Leiston St Margaret's," Parker said today.

"David Lawrence scored both our goals against a side that played quite well. Some matches this season we have done ourselves proud and we will be out to impress again tomorrow."

Bramford passed a big test last season when they managed to survive after previously lasting just one year in senior football.

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""We are still here and now we must look to consolidate," added Parker, who runs the first team in partnership with Ian Crick. David Ward is their assistant.

"We have a nice mix of youth and experience, but our performances have been so up and down."

Former Ipswich Wanderers official Mick Childs is now chairman and it will be interesting when Bramford play Achilles as Childs' son Trevor is a key defender in the Achilles' side.

Former Colchester United professional Simon Burman has recently signed for Bramford and he has impressed Parker. "Simon is always thinking one step ahead. Martin Stewart is scoring goals, but we have missed Chris Potter up front after he damaged his knee in a pre-season game.

"The infection has now cleared up and he is back at work, so we expect to see him in action again soon.

"Lee Brill and young Carl McArthur can also look back with pride this season."

Bramford are seeking a goalkeeper for their reserve team. Club secretary Robert Stollery has been helping out between the posts but he is no longer available on a regular basis.

Keepers interested in joining Bramford should contact Stollery on Ipswich 749546.

Leaders Walsham-le-Willows are at home Westerfield United, while the local derby between Achilles and Ipswich Athletic at Stone Lodge Lane will be an interesting tussle.

Steve Potts will be trying all he knows to keep Grundisburgh in the forefront of the title race.

The village club has tasted a great deal of success over the last decade or so, but with an early Suffolk Senior Cup exit and three league defeats, there are signs that Grundisburgh may be slipping. However, Potts relishes a challenge and a win at Melton St Audry's could work wonders. Old Newton and Stonham will also be a keenly fought contest.

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