Ipswich Athletic manager Jimmy Marjoram can’t wait for the season to finish
IPSWICH Athletic manager Jimmy Marjoram can’t wait for the season to end – even though his side could still finish third in the Kingsley Healthcare SIL Senior Division.
Athletic are fourth in the table with a game in hand on Melton St Audry’s who are one place and three points above them.
Marjoram’s team missed a chance to close the gap on Tuesday night after losing 4-0 at home to Grundisburgh, whose win keeps the title race alive going into the penultimate weekend of the season.
With five players injured and three working in London – Dean Tournay-Godfrey arrived in time to come on as a substitute in the second-half – Marjoram was forced to field a much-weakened side.
He said: “The players who stepped up from our reserves did the club proud. We held them in the first half and had a couple of chances, but once we let in the first goal our heads went down.”
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Athletic have now lost four in a row, after an unbeaten run since the start of 2012 which saw them win six and draw four of their ten league games.
“We had not been beaten this year until we played Achilles and lost, and since then we have really gone backwards due to injuries and unavailability.”
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Marjoram feels the club’s cause has not been helped by having blank Saturdays on the last two weekends in March and again being without a match tomorrow.
“I do feel the league could have done more to help us somewhere along the line.
“We play Stanton at home next Wednesday – it should have been their home game, but they had to call off the original fixture there five or six weeks and so have agreed to play here – and that will be our fourth midweek game in recent weeks.
“I have got just 18 players in the club to pick from at the moment, and our reserves play next Tuesday, the first team on Wednesday, the reserves play again on Thursday, the first team play on Saturday and the reserves have a cup final on the Bank Holiday Monday!
“It means some players are having to play for both teams while I had four keepers signed on, but the only one available is Karl Taber and so he is playing every game at the moment!
“To be honest, I can’t wait for the season to finish as you can’t sustain it with 18 players.”