Potts hoping for investment in club

FELIXSTOWE and Walton United manager Steve Potts is looking for summer investment so that he can move the club up to the next level.“I have every intention of staying for 2007/08,” said Potts.

By Elvin King

FELIXSTOWE and Walton United manager Steve Potts is looking for summer investment so that he can move the club up to the next level.

“I have every intention of staying for 2007/08,” said Potts. “But, to progress to where I would like us to be, we need investment.

“Everybody at the club from the chairman down has been very supportive and I know they are doing all they can to bring better times to Felixstowe.”

Potts took over when Felixstowe were near the foot of the Ridgeons League First Division, and he gained promotion in his first season.

The intention was to consolidate this term and a mid-table position is evidence that this has been achieved.

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“We have done more than anybody could have hoped for,” added Potts.

“I said I would keep faith with players who helped us gain promotion - and everybody has had a fair crack of the week.

“If we are move up to the next level we need strengthening and I plan to bring in new faces during the close season.”

Potts sees the Premier Division divided into three groups with his side in the middle section.

“There are the top four of five clubs, then those in the middle and then those fighting to stave off relegation,” said former Grundisburgh boss Potts.

“We play at Wroxham tomorrow and they are streets ahead of us ability-wise.

“In a recent home match against them we lost 6-0, and the main aim tomorrow will be to avoid a similar scoreline.

“Wroxham are a class team and they will win the title in a canter.

“I am sure my lads will give 100%, but there is currently such a gap between us that it will be a fantastic achievement to come away with anything.

“This is the division to be in, and whatever happens at Wroxham we are all calling in at Yarmouth dogs for a night out before returning to Felixstowe by coach.”

Wroxham are four points ahead of Mildenhall with five matches to play with Needham Market a distant third. Leiston, who play Ipswich Town in the final of the Club Colours Suffolk Premier Cup at Portman Road on Tuesday, are away to CRC, while Ipswich Wanderers (at Dereham), Needham (Harwich) and Woodbridge (Wisbech) are also on their travels.

In the First Division, leaders Walsham-le-Willows face second-from-bottom March, with Debenham Leisure Centre needing a win at Stowmarket to stay serious contenders for promotion.

Both Debenham's joint managers Mel Aldis and Trevor Wardlaw are former Stowmarket managers, and will be assured of a warm welcome at a Stowmarket club that has gone off the boil since their Suffolk Senior Cup win.

Whitton, 4-1 winners at Stowmarket on Monday, visit Dereham, while Hadleigh will be seeking their first goal in eight games at Fakenham.