Saints ready to go marching up SIL table

FOOTBALL: Melton St Audry’s are now in a position to move up the Kingsley Healthcare SIL Senior Division table.

So says Chris Gray who manages the side with Steve Moore.

“For the first time this season we were able to field our strongest side last Saturday and we beat Coplestonians,” said Gray.

“A win tomorrow will see us leap frog Achilles and although we have four away games this month I have set what I see as a realistic target of 10 points.”

Gray was pleased to sign up four youngsters from the London area who are at the University Collage in Ipswich on Wednesday while Perry Howell, who scored four goals last weekend, is set for his Saints debut having moved from Sunday football.

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Central defender James Bradbrook returned against Cops having been out for over six months after suffering a fractured skull and came through okay so will be facing Achilles tomorrow.

“James’ return resulted in us registering a clean sheet although his partner at the back Nathan Ashton is now out until Christmas with ankle ligament damage,” added Gray.

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St Audry’s were beaten by Achilles last month, but Gray is confident of success in the return fixture at Salmet Close.

“We know what they are about now and that we must contain the Coote boys up front.

“But we are more than capable of winning and after managing to keep in the division last season we are looking for a top half finish with Steve having joined me pre-season and having a lot of contacts.”

Achilles with a game in hand over most of the teams above them now have former Westerfield United stalwart Robert Osborne in their ranks.

The son of Ipswich Town FA Cup final hero Roger, Osborne has been a regular in the Swans side for many years.

Westerfield use the Rushmere Sports Club complex for their home matches where Roger is manager with pitch maintenance one of his main roles.

It has not been a good start for Westerfield with just one point from their opening six league games.

Leaders Felixstowe United will be looking to maintain their 100% record when they travel to Coplestonians who like Westerfield have not enjoyed the start to the season they would have liked.

Ransomes Sports and Woodbridge Athletic lead the chasing pack behind Felixstowe and both have tricky fixtures – Ransomes at home to Capel Plough and Woodbridge at Ipswich Athletic.

It is another big day for Framlingham Town. After beating Stowmarket Town in the previous round they take on fellow Ridgeons League side Godmanchester Rovers in the first round proper of the FA Vase.

A Wembley final appearance may be out of the reach of Rob Allum and Sean Tynan’s men, but they have the ability to make tomorrow a special day.

They would have preferred a more ‘glamorous’ game but will look to win tomorrow and achieve that in Monday’s second round draw.

Recent Kingsley Healthcare SIL transfers: Perry Arthur (Crane Sports to Achilles), Craig Chittock (Stradbroke to AFC Hoxne), Peter Coleman (Achilles to BT Trimley), Douglas French (Salvation Army to BT Trimley), Oliver Langham (Crane Sports to Woodbridge Athletic), Tarquin Marsh (Stowupland Falcons to Ipswich Athletic), Robert Osborne (Westerfield to Achilles), Thomas Vale (Westerfield to St Johns).

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