Crucial points up for grabs at both ends of SIL Senior Division

Iain Radnor's Crane Sports face a tough game against Coplestonians in the Senior Division

Iain Radnor's Crane Sports face a tough game against Coplestonians in the Senior Division - Credit: Gregg Brown

Westerfield United are just about keeping their heads above water, but only wins will do between now and the end of the season, if they are to retain their Senior Division status.

Fresh from just their third victory of the season last weekend, 2-0 at Grundisburgh, Stuart Spreadbridge’s side travel to mid-table Leiston St Margarets on Saturday, looking for back-to-back wins.

A victory would be a great fillip for the team, ahead of upcoming games against high-flying Achilles and Cranes.

“Our aim is to try and drag the likes of Capel, Wenhaston and Stanton into trouble, to make it a scrap between five or six teams, rather than just three,” said Spreadbridge, whose third-bottom team are above Grundisburgh on goal difference – seven points further ahead of Ipswich Athletic – with two teams set to be relegated

“We play Achilles and Cranes in our next two games, so things are not going to get any easier, but then we face teams such as East Bergholt, Wenhaston and (Ipswich) Athletic, who we hope to take points off.”

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The Swans have scored 10 goals in their last five league games, including six in their previous two, but goalscoring has generally been an issue this season.

“That’s been the biggest problem, we have only won three games but we have drawn seven, and we have lacked an out-and-out goalscorer in games where we have been on top,” Spreadbridge added.

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“We have been resolute at the back in recent games and well-organised, but we are not giving ourselves enough breathing space in games.”

Elsewhere, there is a big game at the top as champions Cranes play a crucial game in their quest to catch leaders Henley Athletic.

Cranes trail Sean Brown’s side by 10 points, but do have three games in hand, and go to fifth-top Coplestonians, who won the reverse fixture 1-0, earlier in the season.

Second-top Achilles go to Wenhaston, while the leaders go in search of their 16th straight league win, at Grundisburgh.

The other Senior Division fixtures see bottom side Ipswich Athletic host Felixstowe Harpers United, Stanton entertain Capel Plough, Bramford visit Haughley and Ransomes Sports go to East Bergholt.

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