Haughley United boosted by return of leading scorer
HAUGHLEY United will be boosted by the return of leading goalscorer Aaron Robinson for tomorrow’s Touchline Sports Cup final at Woodbridge Town FC.
Robinson, who scored 16 goals in 28 appearances for Haughley in the Senior Division of the Kingsley Healthcare SIL this season, would have missed the final if it had been played on the original date as he was on holiday in Portugal.
But the delay in re-staging the final, which was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch, has opened the door for Robinson to return to the side.
Haughley boss Phil Fairbrother said: “It was a big headache for us losing him, so we kept his absence quiet in the build-up to the final.
“His return means one of the original squad will have to make way, which will be disappointing for them.”
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Simon Gresham and Kwame Jones are suspended and will miss tomorrow’s final, which kicks-off at 2.30pm at Woodbridge Town’s Notcutts Park ground.
Fairbrother added: “Because of the postponement we have not played a game for two weeks, so we may be a little ring rusty, whereas Achilles had a match on Tuesday night.”
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An understrength Achilles side lost their final league game 4-1 at Capel Plough and manager Alan Middle said: “We only had five first-team players who will start in the final in the line-up on Tuesday plus two more on the bench.”
Middle, who will be in charge of Achilles for the last time after eight years as manager, will be without the suspended Andy Coote, who found the net 13 times in 21 SIL Senior Division appearances this season.
“We have a full-strength squad available except for Andy. Hopefully the final will live up to expectations. It should be a good game between two evenly-matched sides.”
Middle and Fairbrother are old friends, playing against each other around 30 years ago when Middle was at Grundisburgh and Fairbrother with Woodbridge Town. They also used to play golf together when they were members at Woodbridge Golf Club.