Debenham boss Dale Vince looks to start another winning run
DALE Vince takes his Debenham LC side to Cambridge University Press tomorrow looking to start another winning run.
But Vince will have to do so without goalkeeper Liam Jones, who yesterday re-signed for Needham Market.
Vince, who took over as manager of the Ridgeons League Division One side at the end of September, has picked up 26 points from his 13 league games in charge, after Debenham began the season with nine points from seven matches under previous boss Rob Allum.
He guided Debenham to a recent five-match winning streak which was only ended when they lost 1-0 at then leaders Thetford Town.
Vince said: “I have to applaud the players and the committee – everyone has been fantastic since I took over and they have all pulled together.
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“We had five wins in a row before losing to the leaders Thetford, which was no disgrace. We now have to start again if we are to have any chance of getting in the top two, although it will be very difficult.
“We have got Cambridge University Press, March Town and Godmanchester Rovers coming up, and if we are going to progress up the league we will need to play well.”
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Vince admitted tomorrow’s match at seventh-placed CUP, who are four points behind Debenham but with a game in hand, was a six-pointer as the Suffolk side look to get their season back on track after a 1-1 draw at home to second-from-bottom Cornard United in their only outing since the 1-0 loss at Thetford.
“If we can finish in the top four or five it will still have been a good season,” added Vince.
But Vince and Debenham will no longer have Jones between the posts after he played for his former team in last Saturday’s 4-1 win at home to Maldon & Tiptree in Ryman League Division One North.
It was originally expected to be a one-off appearance, but Jones agreed to return on a permanent basis after keeper Andrew Plummer’s contract was terminated yesterday.