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Achilles start defence of SIL title as season kicks off

PUBLISHED: 15:19 16 August 2018 | UPDATED: 15:19 16 August 2018

Achilles celebrate their Suffolk & Ipswich League championship success last season. Photo: CONTRIBUTED

Achilles celebrate their Suffolk & Ipswich League championship success last season. Photo: CONTRIBUTED

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The Suffolk and Ipswich League season kicks off this weekend, with Achilles bidding to defend their Senior Division title.

The Salmet Close club won the league in style last season, finishing 15 points clear of runners-up Crane Sports, with a trememdous goal difference of plus 92.

It was the club’s first title since 2013/14, and they will be keen to repeat their success – though the rest of the league will be determined to close the gap this time around.

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The champions start at home against Capel Plough, while Cranes host Bramford United. Henley Athletic, who finished third last season, entertain newly-promoted Trimley Red Devils.

Leiston St Margarets, who pulled off a great escape last season, host Haughley United.

The other fixtures are: Benhall St Mary v Coplestonians, Grundisburgh v Felixstowe Harpers United and Westerfield United v Wenhaston United.

Paul Lambert has challenged Teddy Bishop to make his mark as the midfielder continues his bid for fitness following three injury-hit seasons.

Ipswich Town goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkowski discussed being left out of the team by former boss Paul Hurst, new coach Jimmy Walker and Paul Lambert’s positive impact when he spoke to the media this afternoon.

Paul Lambert sees Janoi Donacien as a central defender.

Paul Lambert has confirmed Jordan Graham is no longer in his plans at Ipswich Town with the winger’s loan set to be cut short in January.

Ipswich Town manager Paul Lambert has told owner Marcus Evans that he believes defender Jonas Knudsen is worthy of a new contract.

Ipswich Town manager Paul Lambert spoke to the media this afternoon ahead of the Friday night clash with West Bromwich Albion, and discussed the importance of the club’s fans creating a rocking Portman Road atmosphere as they try to escape the drop zone.

Mick McCarthy is the early favourite for vacant Republic of Ireland job following the departure of both Martin O’Neill and assistant Roy Keane.

In our daily feature, we take a look at what happened on this day in Ipswich Town’s history. Today we look back to David Gregory scoring a hat-trick as Town progressed to the next round of the League Cup.

Ipswich Town boss Paul Lambert is impressed with what he’s seen of the Blues’ academy during his early weeks of his reign.

Titus Bramble says Ipswich Town duo Andre Dozzell and Flynn Downes were stand-out performers at the recent England Under-20 camp.

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