Carl Chenery’s Wenhaston United are on a roll in Suffolk & Ipswich Senior Division

All smiles: Wenhaston boss Carl Chenery in his Leiston days

All smiles: Wenhaston boss Carl Chenery in his Leiston days

After winning four of their opening six league fixtures, Wenhaston United are very much keeping up with the pace at the top of the Touchline Suffolk & Ipswich Senior Division.

Wenhaston’s rise may come as a surprise to some following this campaign only being their second season at this level, although not to boss Carl Chenery, who hopes his side can maintain their level of performance in the months to come.

“We’re going well,” said the no-nonsense former Leiston boss.

“The squad’s as strong as it’s ever been and we’ve got good footballers here.

“We’ve got a good mix of young lads who’ve played for the likes of Leiston, Lowestoft, and Kirkley in the past and it’s a good league for them to play in.”

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Chenery continued: “It’s (the SIL Senior) a decent league now, a lot of local players from the Thurlow Nunn leagues have joined and it’s a decent quality.

“We did okay last year finishing in mid-table but I think if we could push for a top six, top seven, finish this season that’d be a very good achievement for us.”

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Being somewhat of a village side, situated out in the sticks between Halesworth and Blythburgh, the dizzy heights of their current third-place position might seem a dream for a side who have worked their way through the SIL Divisions throughout the years.

“There’s a good atmosphere here and a good team spirit, and that’s played a big part in how far we’ve come,” added Chenery, who now owns and runs Chinny’s Cue Club Bar & Grill in Halesworth, with older brother Trevor.

“Being where we are has its ups and downs – obviously there are not many other clubs near us, but at the same time it’s difficult to attract players, they have to travel.

“That said, we’ve had a few players join us this season at the right age and they’re reaping the rewards as we do things the right way here.”

Chenery, who led Leiston to the FA Cup First Round as manager in 2008, is supported at Wenhaston by younger brother Judd as well as Carl Vincent – who was a valuable member of Chenery’s back-room staff at Leiston.

Such familiarity has left the club in good hands as they prepare for their longest trip of the season tomorrow – a visit to Haughley following, ironically, their second longest trip to Stanton last weekend, a 3-2 success.

“It’ll be nice to get the two longest ones out of the way first and if we play like we have been playing, we’ll have a good chance of getting three more points,” added Chenery, who also joked that he’d like to get back early to run his 18-month-old business on time on a busy Saturday evening!

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