365 days, 20 wins, seven draws, and 75 goals scored for, AFC Hoxne are fast becoming the Suffolk & Ipswich League Invincibles
After going 27 league games unbeaten, stretching over a year, AFC Hoxne are fast becoming known as the Suffolk & Ipswich Football League’s ‘Invincibles’.
You have to go back to November 16, 2013 for the Division Two table-toppers’ last league defeat, a 4-2 loss at Trimley Red Devils.
Twenty wins, seven draws, and 75 goals scored later, Hoxne are enjoying a remarkable run of form.
“I’m massively proud of the whole club,” declared ambitious first-team manager Jamie Scales, whose side have not conceded a goal in open play at home in 750 minutes.
“To go a year unbeaten is an excellent achievement. It’s been a big group effort with a host of reserve and A team players helping us along the way. Everyone has stuck together and we’re a good side.
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“Funnily enough, what seems to be helping us is that people are looking at us and thinking ‘Oh, they’re invincible, they haven’t lost for x amount of games’.
“We play against some teams who just sit there in games and try to defend, which suits us as we love to attack. We’re a good side but I wouldn’t say we have players who should be playing at a higher level or anything like that.
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“As long as we keep winning that suits me fine.”
Hoxne’s latest victims were Stonham Aspal, who fell 3-0, last week – today, Hoxne entertain Saxmundham Sports.
For all their brilliance in the last year though, Scales, who shares the same name as the current Woodbridge Town manager, is aware that his talented team have not actually achieved or won anything yet and records will count for nothing unless the club’s ultimate aim is achieved.
“It’s all very well people saying ‘we’re invincible’ and we haven’t lost for a year, but it doesn’t mean anything unless it’s leading to something,” he continued.
“We have to get promoted (from Division Two) this season.
“We missed out by one point last season after a slow start to the campaign, but this year we simply have to go up.
“When myself and Ben Walby (the Reserve team manager) came over (to Hoxne) we put a three-year plan in place.
“The first year (2011/12) was to win promotion from Division Three, which we did, the second (2012/13) was to lead the club to their highest ever finish, which we did, finishing fourth – and the third (2013/14) was to get promoted, and we missed out by a point.
“Hopefully this year will be the year.
“We are in a fantastic position at the moment and we just need to keep the momentum going for the remainder of the season.”