‘Galacticos are good enough to win a trophy’

WOODBRIDGE Athletic joint manager Paul Hadley believes his side of Galacticos are good enough to win a trophy this season.

Athletic, who currently sit top of the Kingsley Healthcare SIL, tomorrow entertain Felixstowe United, the fixture having been switched to Rock Barracks because work is being carried out to their visitors’ changing rooms at their BT Trimley Sports Club headquarters.

Hadley, who is in his seventh season in charge, said: “We have come a long way in the last four or five years. A lot of people consider us to be the Galacticos of the SIL with the players we have at the club.

“You can have the best players in the world, but they have to gel together as a team, and the squad on the whole has gelled together well this season.”

Hadley picked out ex-Hadleigh United duo Chris Dennett and Matt Chinnery along with Sean Benneworth, who has played for Felixstowe & Walton United, as key players so far this season.

“They have made a big difference to us,” said Hadley, whose joint manager with Paul Tietjen has been with the club five years and is joined in the managerial team by Barry Parker.

“Paul and Barry’s experience and knowledge is invaluable. We are all singing from the same hymn sheet.

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“In my time here we have won Division One and reached the final of the Omnico Cup four years ago, but I believe we are good enough to win something this season, and hopefully we can do so.

“We will take each game as it comes – everyone wants to beat you when you are top of the league – but I expect Achilles and Grundisburgh, who I both greatly admire, will be there or thereabouts.

“But Woodbridge Athletic is a great club, with great backroom staff and committee members, and I hope we can achieve success for everyone involved with the club.”

One competition Athletic won’t win this season is the Suffolk Senior Cup. They have suffered just two defeats this season – 1-0 to reigning champions Grundisburgh in the league and 7-1 at Lakenheath in the Suffolk Senior Cup.

“We got absolutely hammered by Lakenheath in the Senior Cup. They are a good side and will take some beating. I think they and Whitton will be the favourites again to reach the final,” added Hadley.

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