Framlingham Town seeking place at Portman Road

FRAMLINGHAM Town will be putting in extra effort in tomorrow’s Suffolk Senior Cup semi-final at Whitton United (kick-off 3pm).

The Kingsley Healthcare SIL club will start underdogs against Ridgeons League opposition particularly as their opponents will have home advantage.

Framlingham have had more downs than ups in their recent history, but they have always been well served by a team of back room stalwarts.

“Yes, the club is being served by some brilliant people,” said joint first team manager Rob Allum.

“And the nice thing is that the players appreciate it, and would love to give them a night out to remember at Portman Road in the final.

“So they will be playing for Syd Vice, Geoff Mayhew, Keith and Fiona Whatling and all the others behind the scenes as much as they will for themselves.”

Being underdogs does not concern Allum, who manages alongside Sean Tynan, after wins against Stowmarket Town and Felixstowe United and neither does being away from home.

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“I’d prefer to be away as our pitch has been overused with five consecutive home first team Saturday games and Thursday night Under-18 games,” added Allum.

“It’s about what happens on the day and we’ve got nothing to lose, which has never been truer.”

Framlingham will be without the injured Simon Poacher but otherwise have a full squad to select from with 18-year-old Josh Kerridge and Robbie Grover, who was out for two years with a knee problem, earning special praise from Allum.

Whitton are favourites to gain promotion and under the management of Ian Brown will be looking to earn the boost of a Portman Road visit.

The winners will play either Kershaw Cambridgeshire League Lakenheath Town or SIL Achilles.

In the SIL, bottom club Haughley United play at home to Ipswich Athletic having appointed former Framlingham and Melton St Audry’s boss Phil Fairbrother as their new manager.

In the Omnico Cup tomorrow Division Three Bildeston Rangers have a big day out with a visit to senior side Grundisburgh.

Recent Kingsley Healthcare SIL transfers: Lee Allard (Henley to Waterside), Jack Carroll (Aldeburgh to Saxmundham), Andrew Cason (Haughley to AFC Crowley), Robert Ellis (Walsham to Stanton), Winston Ewers (Crane Sports to Westerfield), Eugene Hood (Ransomes to Melton St Audry’s), Reece Ingram (Westerfield to Bramford), Benjamin Poulton (Stonham to Mendlesham), Michael Velzian (St Clements Hospital to Framlingham), Tom Warren (Somersham to Crane Sports).

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