Boss Lee Elliston wants improving Woodbridge Town to take the next step and turn performances into results as they visit Godmanchester Rovers on Saturday

Tom Deller (black and white) getting stuck into the thick of the action against his former club

Tom Deller (black and white) getting stuck into the thick of the action against his former club - Credit: Archant

Woodbridge Town boss Lee Elliston has been fairly impressed with the progress made at Notcutts Park since his tenure began in early January.

Elliston got his Woodpeckers career off to the perfect start as he led them to an excellent 3-2 away win at fellow Thurlow Nunn Premier strugglers FC Clacton.

And despite losing the impending three games after that win, to Newmarket Town (2-0), Felixstowe & Walton United (1-0), and Mildenhall Town (3-1) respectively, Elliston is seeing more positives than negatives at Notcutts Park.

“I think we’ve done pretty well so far,” confessed Elliston.

“There is certainly progress from where we were in terms of performances, and the next step now is to turn that into end results.”


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Elliston admitted he was ‘generally gutted’ that his side didn’t come away from Felixstowe & Walton’s Goldstar Ground with at least a point.

“I thought we were great against Felixstowe and deserved at least a point for the performance we put in,” said Elliston.

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Woodbridge followed this up with a 3-1 home defeat to Mildenhall, something which disappointed Elliston a little.

“For the first time in my six weeks in charge, I felt a little disappointed,” he confirmed.

“In the first half, we carried on where we left off at Felixstowe but we seemed to fear them in the second half and gave away three silly goals.

“Three-one might have flattered them a little still, and I think the players are getting frustrated too because they know their performances can get results.”

Despite the Woodpeckers only playing four times since his arrival to the club nearly two months ago – mainly due to the wet weather – Elliston has wasted no time in recruiting several new faces to his squad.

One player that has stood out for Elliston has been central midfielder Tom Deller, who was brought in from Felixstowe & Walton.

“Tom’s been great since he has came in, he’s added grit and determination to our midfield and is a key player for us,” said Elliston.

“I made him captain against his former club to add more incentive for him and he really excelled in there.”

Elliston continued: “Another one of the stand-out players for me since I’ve been here is a young lad called Joe Langfield.

“He looked like he was struggling with his confidence at first, but he looks like he’s regained that now and has been a consistent performer for us so far at centre-half.

“He marked a very experienced and very good centre-forward in Ben Cranfield out of the game recently, and I think that boosted his confidence no end.”

Woodbridge travel to Godmanchester Rovers tomorrow, a side whose promotion ambitions have been fading of late following a run of three league defeats in six games.

“We go there with nothing to lose,” declared Elliston.

“If we can sustain the 90 minutes we put in against Felixstowe and the 45 against Mildenhall, while being clinical in front of goal, then we will have a chance on Saturday.

“We just need to be a bit braver in creating and taking our chances.”

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