Woodbridge still in good spirits
LOCAL SOCCER: Boosted by Tuesday's home Jewson League victory over neighbours Stowmarket Town, Woodbridge Town travel to Harwich tomorrow in good cheer.
By Elvin King
BOOSTED by Tuesday's home Jewson League victory over neighbours Stowmarket Town, Woodbridge Town travel to Harwich tomorrow in good cheer.
But manager Dave Hubbick remains realistic about the imminent prospects of the Notcutt's Park-based Premier Division club that witnessed a large exodus of players in the close season.
"We have no major ambitions this season," said Hubbick, who in previous years led Woodbridge to much success in the FA Vase and consistently high positions in the league.
"The main thing is to stabilise. Club officials are being sensible and steering Woodbridge clear of any silly positions.
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"I am working off what the club can afford, but when everybody is fit we still have a reasonable squad."
Woodbridge's cost-cutting measures have altered the scope Hubbick has to work with considerably, and he admits to a yo-yo situation with no continuity over team selection.
Experienced keeper Dean Garnham has been out for six weeks with damaged ankle ligaments, while influential midfielder Steve Dearsley is being nursed back to full fitness after cruciate knee problems.
Young Adam Wilson played in goal for a run of games, but Woodbridge Athletic's Glyn Dixon is now between the posts.
"I wanted to rest Adam from too much pressure," explained Hubbick. "He was getting rave reviews one game, and then costing us points brought about by his youth.
"Steve is 70 per cent fit and it is a bonus having him at all. He was a major factor in the Stowmarket win."
Rick Deasy has gone down with a knee injury, while fellow striker Shaun Curtis has a hamstring problem although he may face a Harwich side now managed by Steve McGavin.
Because of the second round of the FAVase, Ipswich Wanderers and Stowmarket have no games
In the First Division, Hadleigh's game against Cambridge City Reserves has been postponed because the visitors have three players taking part in a County match.
Whitton visit Leiston, Felixstowe andWalton United travel to Haverhill and Needham Market visit Thetford.