Achilles not scared of Rangers after curing goalscoring woes

ACHILLES manager Lee Osborn insists Ipswich Valley Rangers should be the ones that are scared ahead of tomorrow’s Touchline SIL Senior Division clash after solving their goalscoring woes.

Osborn’s side find themselves fourth-from-bottom and 11 points adrift of their second-placed opponents after recording just a single league victory.

Achilles have accrued two points from their last four games, scoring twice – a disappointing return after their blistering start to the campaign in which they notched up six goals in two fixtures.

But they rediscovered their proficiency in front of goal last Saturday by defeating Stanton 4-3 in the LB Group Suffolk Senior Cup, and Osborn is adamant that would have struck fear into anyone.

“I think they will be a little bit more wary of us than we are of them,” he said. “Obviously they are favourites to win but we are not daunted by them.

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“The players are confident and we are looking strong.

“We have been struggling a lot for goals but I think we changed that on Saturday.

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“It has been a problem. We have been dominating games but haven’t been clinical in front of goal.

“Against East Bergholt [last league game, losing 1-0] we had 75% of the play, had three cleared off the line, hit the post, hit the bar, and another shot that was going in hit one of our players and went out.

“But I have told the players once we score one we will score a hatful, and I think we can catch them by surprise on Saturday.”

After spending most of his career at Achilles from the age of 15, Osborn took over from Alan Middle this term after being his assistant for the last three years.

“This is my club and it was always my aim to become the manager,” he said.

“Alan taught me the ropes and I have taken the challenge with both hands, although it is a lot more hard work than what I expected!”

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