Achilles boss Luke Hillyard hopes his side can kick on after Framlingham Town victory

Action from Achilles v Framlingham

Action from Achilles v Framlingham

Achilles boss Luke Hillyard is hoping his side’s impressive result against Framlingham Town last weekend can kick his team on to success this season.

The Salmet Close club beat the Thurlow Nunn First Division side 3-0 in the Suffolk Senior Cup. Hillyard is yet to win the Suffolk & Ipswich League title with Achilles as a manager – he’s hoping this will be the season.

“It was a great result for us and hopefully we can really kick on,” said Hillyard, whose team entertain Coplestonians tomorrow afternoon.

“We always had a good record against Fram when they were in our league, but I must admit I did think we were in for a bit of a hiding in the first 20 minutes as they played the ball around really well.

“But we got into the game.


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“It’s a similar start to last season for us, doing well in all competitions. But we didn’t win the title last year.”

Hillyard, who turned down the vacant Ipswich Wanderers job recently, feels this weekend is a great opportunity for his team to take three points as fierce rivals Henley and Felixstowe Harpers meet.

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“That’s a tough fixture for both of them, but then again so is ours against Cops,” Hillyard added.

“The SIL is a tough division. I think people think it isn’t, but there are no easy games. You have to turn up for every game to be successful.

“But three points for us this weekend would be very useful.”

Harpers still lead the SIL Senior Division, having dropped just two points after drawing with AFC Hoxne. But Achilles are the only 100% team in the league.

Harpers’ opponents this weekend, Henley bounced back from defeat to Achilles to thrash Ransomes 11-2 last weekend, despite going down to 10 men – Clark Bruce netting five.

Wenhaston currently sit in third place in the table behind Harpers and Achilles, having lost to Harpers 3-2 last week.

This weekend, Wenhaston travel to Bramford United, which will be no easy task.

At the bottom of the table, luckless Ransomes entertain Hoxne, while Leiston St Margarets, the only other team without a league win so far this season, travelling to Cranes.

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