Former Debenham and Halstead manager Mark Benterman takes over as boss of Ipswich Wanderers

Ipswich Wanderers' caretaker manager Mark Goldfinch, made his first start of the season in the win o

Ipswich Wanderers' caretaker manager Mark Goldfinch, made his first start of the season in the win over Gorleston on Tuesday night. - Credit: Archant

Former Debenham LC boss Mark Benterman is the new boss of Ipswich Wanderers.

He will commence the position next week and will manage the 1st Team at home to Godmanchester Rovers next weekend.

Previously, he managed Halstead FC, also in Division One.

“The Appointing Committee feel that Mark has the right combination of experience and enthusiasm to take Ipswich Wanderers forward and to take us to new heights as we aim to climb the Premier Division ladder,” Wanderers chairman Keith Lloyd said.

“We feel that the appointment of Mark Benterman reflects the ambition that Wanderers have to play at the highest possible level.”

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Meanwhile Wanderers’ caretaker boss Mark Goldfinch was back on the pitch on Tuesday night as Wanderers helped themselves to only their second league victory of the season.

The managerless Humber Doucy Lane side beat Gorleston and this afternoon take a trip to Stoneylands, hoping to make it two wins on the spin with victory over lowly Long Melford.

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For Goldfinch, his team and the Wanderers’ fans, the win over Gorleston was well received as the club continue a rather turbulent spell, on and off the pitch.

“I’ve sort of enjoyed the caretaker role I’ve been asked to do,” Goldfinch, a no-nonsense defender, said.

“It’s been a bit strange, being one of the players one minute and then having to select a team the next.”

“But it’s been ok and after the win on Tuesday night a few jested, do I want the role full time?”

Goldfinch hasn’t played a competitive game since the end of last season due to injury, but his experience will be gratefully accepted at Wanderers as he returns to the fold.

“My legs felt a bit leggy after the game, but it was nice to be back,” he said.

“I thought we battled well against Gorleston. We were a goal down but showed good character to come back and win. The team spirit is good when you consider all that has been going on.

“There could easily have been players thinking they will go elsewhere, not knowing what was going on after Shane (Wardley) left and then Luke Hillyard seemed to have the job, then didn’t.

“But the spirit is good.”

It’s tight at the bottom of the Thurlow Nunn Premier division, with just four points separating the bottom six teams.

Long Melford are one of those teams, and they have struggled so far this season, with just a 1-0 win at Stanway and an opening day goalless draw with Brantham, to show for their troubles.

In the Thurlow Nunn First Division, FA Vase action takes precedent for many of the sides this weekend, with leaders Woodbridge travelling to Enfield Borough, while Framlingham are at Diss.

Halstead are at home, to Stanway Rovers, in an all-Essex Vase clash, while Little Oakley face a trip to London to play Tower Hamlets.

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