Woodbridge in search for new boss

SOCCER: Having consolidated their position in the Senior Division of the Metaltec SIL, Woodbridge Athletic are seeking a new manager to replace Neil Smye who is standing down after Saturday's final game of the season at Bramford United.

By Elvin King

HAVING consolidated their position in the Senior Division of the Metaltec SIL, Woodbridge Athletic are seeking a new manager to replace Neil Smye who is standing down after Saturday's final game of the season at Bramford United.

Smye has done a sterling job, leading the club into senior football and then establishing their top-flight place.

Chairman Ivan Rattle would like a new manager in charge by the middle of next month and he emphasised that he wanted to continue the good working relationship with Jewson League neighbours and 'landlords' Woodbridge Town.

Rattle said: "There were a few problems, but our relationship with Woodbridge Town is now much better.

"We would like the new manager to work closely with Town with a view to players moving up from us to a higher level.

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"We have a side bristling with potential and I am willing to talk to anybody wanting to work with a young side.

"We have limitations as we share a ground with Woodbridge Town, and use their second pitch, but we are still ambitious and our aim is to finish in the top three of the SIL."

Applications for manager should be made to Rattle on Ipswich 622009.

ANOTHER club looking for managers is Somersham, who have vacancies at first and second team level. The first team plays in Division Three of the Metaltec SIL and the reserves in Division Five. To apply for these vacancies please telephone secretary Derek Ottaway on Ipswich 832562.

WHITTON United are staging a special match at their King George V ground tomorrow night in memory of their former chairman John Watkins.

This kicks-off at 7.30pm between a Speedy Hire XI and a Watkins Whitton side that will feature sons, son-in-law and grandsons of the club stalwart who died last year.

Watkins was chairman for more than 20 years and is still held with great affection at Whitton. Admission will be £1 with his widow nominating a charity where the proceeds will go. Former Whitton player Maurice Scrivener will referee the game and the clubhouse will remain open after the match.

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