Crane Sports are seeking Omnico Cup success
AMBITIOUS Crane Sports go into their Omnico Cup fourth round tie against Melton St Audry’s looking at the competition to provide them with some silverware this term.
They have moved to a new home at Greshams, Tuddenham Road, Ipswich and this has been deemed a season of consolidation in the Senior Division of the Kingsley Healthcare SIL.
Chairman Steve Roper said: “As far as the league is concerned we are to make sure that we finish in a respectable position.
“But we see the Omnico Cup as a competition that can bring us some silverware this season.
“We lost manager Ollie Langham after three games last September because he was about to start a college course and could not give 100%, which is not what I require from a manager.
“It was not the best start to the season, but we indentified three good candidates that we interviewed with Kevin Sharman getting the job.
“We are very pleased with how the big man has gone about his business assisted by Gary Bevis and he has a lot of contacts.
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“Results have been patchy, but I’m very confident that Kevin is the man to take Crane Sports forward.”
Crane moved to Greshams from King George V ground, Whitton last summer and Roper says that it has proved a big success.
“Greshams have made us very welcome, and it’s been a fantastic move,” added Roper.
“Kevin has recently strengthened his squad including striker Dale Munson from Hadleigh United and we are looking to get beyond the stiff hurdle that Melton St Audry’s present and then go further on in the competition.
“After a season of league consolidation we will be looking to progress next term and make a serious challenge to fulfil our overall target of winning the SIL title.”
Felixstowe United take on up-coming junior club Wickham Market in the other fourth round tie, while seven outstanding third round ties are scheduled to be played.
Cedars Park manager Andy Kirk will see his side play senior opposition after all. He was in Australia watching England regain the Ashes when the tie at Framlingham Town should have originally been played just after Christmas.
The second-placed Division Five side will enjoy the occasion, but will do well to cause an upset while Sporting 87 (at East Bergholt) and Thurston (at Woodbridge Athletic) are also looking to achieve some notable giantkilling feats.
At least one junior club is assured of a fourth round place with Division Three Stradbroke United entertaining Coddenham from the Fourth Division.
In the only Senior Division match being played, third from bottom Westerfield United can overtake sixth from bottom Old Newton with a victory at Rushmere Sports Club.
Kingsley Heathcare SIL recent transfers: Michael Coleman (Tattingstone to Bramford), James Keeble (Ipswich Athletic to Bramford), Jamie Peck (BROB to Blakenham).