SIL and Suffolk Senior Cup previews: ‘Writing will be on the wall’ admits Grundisburgh boss

Grundisburgh boss Mickey Squirrell.

Grundisburgh boss Mickey Squirrell.

Micky Squirrell says he feels ‘the writing will be on the wall’ if his side don’t pick up a win against Wenhaston this weekend.

Grundisburgh are currently bottom of the Suffolk & Ipswich League senior division and their 38-year stretch at this level is seriously under threat.

Wenhaston are faring little better.

Many of their players left to join Halesworth Town in the summer and it has left the north Suffolk side second bottom of the table with just one win to their name – Grundisburgh have only one draw in 11.

Squirrell has been a stalwart at Grundisburgh over the years, but he admits: “I think the writing will be on the wall if we don’t win,” he said.

“We would have a fair chance of beating the drop if we can get a win – there are still 18 games to play. But we must start scoring more goals when on top of teams and address our goalkeeping problems, having used six so far!

“If we show the same commitment and level of performance like we did last week in the defeat to Bildeston, we will have a great chance of a much needed win.

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Also in Senior Division league action this weekend, Cops can move nicely up the table if they get a victory over Bramford United.

Bramford could do with some points themselves however just to give them a bit of breathing space, even though it is still early in the campaign.

Both Trimley and Haughley have made decent starts to the campaign and sit mid-table. They meet at Stennetts Playing Field.

But it’s the Suffolk Senior Cup, second round that grabs the attention of many clubs in the senior division.

Achilles have one of the most attractive fixtures of this round, as they entertain Thurlow One, Debenham LC.

The SIL side are strong at home and have lost just once this season. But Debenham are one of the better Suffolk sides in Thurlow One and a big crowd is sure to be entertained thoroughly.

Another senior division side who will try their luck against higher opposition are Henley Athletic.

They visit another Thurlow One side, Lakenheath, who will be smarting from a 2-3 defeat by Leiston Reserves last weekend.

There are two all-SIL Senior Division ties as East Bergholt entertain Bourne Vale, while Benhall St Mary are on their travels once more after their win in the Bob Coleman Cup at Shotley last weekend – they venture into Ipswich to face Westerfield.

Also in the Senior Cup, Cornard travel to Beccles, while Leiston Reserves are at Kirkley & Pakefield Res.

And talking of the Bob Coleman Cup, senior division leaders Capel Plough will be looking for a bit of cup cheer this weekend. Last Saturday they lost out to Thurlow One Haverhill Borough 4-5 on the artificial pitch at the New Croft, a fine effort from the Plough team.

This weekend they entertain SIL Division One Stanton, this time on the grass, at the Playing Field.