Pressure off Ransomes

RANSOMES Sports are two wins away from playing at Portman Road for the first time since 1981.Yet, the Metaltec SIL side has reached the Touchline Sports Suffolk Senior Cup quarter-finals without winning a match!Peter Gorham's side had a bye in the first round, and were re-instated after losing to Ipswich Athletic in round two when their opponents were found to have fielded two ineligible players.

By Elvin King

RANSOMES Sports are two wins away from playing at Portman Road for the first time since 1981.

Yet, the Metaltec SIL side has reached the Touchline Sports Suffolk Senior Cup quarter-finals without winning a match!

Peter Gorham's side had a bye in the first round, and were re-instated after losing to Ipswich Athletic in round two when their opponents were found to have fielded two ineligible players.

They now entertain cup favourites Debenham Leisure Centre from the Ridgeons League at Sidegate Avenue tomorrow.

“We are in a unique position,” said Gorham. “We can fulfil every local footballer's dream of playing at Portman Road -

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by winning just two football matches.

“We have another bite of the cherry and there will be no pressure on us. It will all be on Debenham.

“There was a sour taste left by the situation with my former club Ipswich Athletic, but that was none of our doing.”

Ipswich Athletic beat holders Ransomes 3-2 last Saturday in the Omnico Cup, and Gorham admits that his team will have to raise their game if they are to match a Debenham side that has a highly goal-potent attack in free-scoring Ian Gedny and Stuart Jopling.

“Debenham joint manager Trevor Wardlaw watched us on Saturday, but he will not have learned much,” added Gorham.

“We were that bad, and will have to improve this week.

“Maintaining our senior status is our main aim and fielding off the constant stream of seven-day approaches that come in for our players.

“We have trained well this week and have a good record in friendly games against Ridgeons opponents.

“With home advantage, a flat pitch and with a good following of fans behind us we will give it our best shot.”

Tom Irving, the son of former Ipswich Town and Sudbury

striker Russell, has 10 goals for Ransomes, while the manager's son John is another who has the ability to raise his game.

Lyndon Alexander, 17, is one of the youngsters who have moved up from the youth section, while Guy Clubb has impressed in goal since moving from another of Gorham's former clubs, Brantham.

n IN the Premier Division of the Ridgeons League, Woodbridge face a stiff task at Kirkley, while Felixstowe and Walton United travel to Newmarket. Leiston face leaders Mildenhall.

Hadleigh United play Whitton United at Millfield in the First Division. A win for Whitton would put then one point behind fifth-placed Hadleigh with a game in hand.

The Metaltec SIL Senior Division contest between bottom two Achilles and Cockfield will have a big bearing on relegation in May.

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