Brothers looking to Swans success
FOOTBALL: David Sandilands, one of the better players to be produced in the Ipswich area in recent times, has a much easier life these days.
The diminutive attacking wide man, who starred for Nicholians among others, can watch both his talented sons in action at the same time.
Jamie is joint player manager of Kingsley Healthcare SIL Senior Division Westerfield United with Rob Pease. And sibling Karl is also in the Swans side.
“Karl has proved a massive signing,” said his brother. “Dad used to watch Karl one week and myself the next. Now he can watch us both each weekend.”
Westerfield go into tomorrow’s match at bottom club Haughley knowing the importance of getting their third win of the league season.
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“We were beaten 5-2 by Ransomes Sports last Saturday after losing key player Paul Tooke and then collapsing after conceding just after the interval,” added manager Sandilands.
“On paper our squad is as good as any in the division, but with just two players remaining from last season we are taking time to gel.
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“The league is so tight that we dropped down three places last weekend. A win tomorrow and we can climb back up again, but we know it’s won’t be easy with Haughley losing games only by the odd goal.”
Christian Burrupp has impressed this season while Sandilands has recently signed Justin Deeny from Brantham.
“Justin will be a big player for us, and I have a committed squad with seven-day approaches coming in but being turned down.
“My players are paying �5 a game to play, and they have been offered vast sums to move on plus free tickets for midweek Premier League matches.”
Pease has coaching badges, and Sandilands, who has five goals to his name this term, is looking to manage on a long term basis, adding:
“Rob’s coaching sessions are excellent and although it is hard work I’m loving it.
“This is a building season, and we will then be looking to progress.”
Ipswich-based clubs occupy the top three positions after victories for Ransomes Sports, Achilles and Ipswich Athletic last Saturday.
Achilles, who will go top if they win their game in hand, have Luke Hillyard back from rivals Felixstowe United, and will be out to beat Stanton at Salmet Close.
Leaders Ransomes will fancy their chances against current champions Old Newton at Sidegate Avenue while Ipswich Athletic will also go into their game at Melton St Audry’s in confident mood.
Kingsley Healthcare SIL recent transfers: Hayden Backhouse (Sproughton to Cedars Park), Samuel Bennett (Claydon to Bramford), Derren Burn (Crane Sports to East Bergholt), Lamonte Cooper (Westerfield to Henley), Caleb Ebanks (Crane Sports to Ipswich Athletic), Courtney Naylor (Halesworth to Wenhaston), David Cockerill Halesworth to Wenhaston), Gavin Frost (Ransomes to Felixstowe United), Luke Hillyard (Felixstowe United to Achilles), Ian Howlett (Coddenham to Stonham), Louis Mott (Stonham to Tattingstone), Gavin Van Oene (Stowupland Falcons to Grundisburgh), Gary West (Grundisburgh to Felixstowe United), Luke Whitwell (Capel Plough to Grundisburgh).