Ipswich Wanderers boss Glenn Read delighted with side’s progress

IPSWICH Wanderers boss Glenn Read is delighted with his side’s progress since taking over at the Ridgeons League Division One club.

Wanderers have won five and lost five since Read’s arrival, after the club parted company with Steve Buckle, to move away from the foot of the table. The Humber Doucy Lane outfit had won four of their previous five matches prior to a 3-0 defeat at home to leaders Godmanchester Rovers last Saturday.

Read said: “We are taking it one step at a time. It was a big test for us against Godmanchester. They are a really good side and the best we have played so far.

“We have got a really good team spirit, and having a good turn-out for training has made a difference. When I arrived we had eight players training, but we have been getting 25 or 26 coming along.

“We are now better organised on the pitch and playing different systems at home to away. Our results have been good at home; no disrespect to some pitches but they are not as good as ours, which means we can play more football at home.

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“A top-ten finish is still our aim, and then we plan to add one or two more players in pre-season and give it a better shot next season.”

Recent signing Ross Myhill from Stowmarket Town has already scored five times and has added some experience along with Read’s own son, Luke, and Camillo Douglas, who were both at Hadleigh United, and Sean Rea, who was previously at Felixstowe & Walton United.

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Read, who was in charge of Coplestonians last season, has also dipped into the Kingsley Healthcare SIL to sign James Head (Ransomes), Stefan Garrett (Sproughton Sports) and Aaron Laughlin (Henley Athletic) while James Horsfall arrived from Bramford United after starting the season at Stowmarket.

“I made James captain and he has been the rock of our defence. We badly missed him last Saturday,” added Read, whose side

visit sixth-placed Brightlingsea Regent tomorrow.

“I saw them play at Stowmarket earlier in the season, just after I had left, and they lost 4-0. They have improved since then and climbed up the table and last weekend beat Debenham, who were on a good run. I have never been to their ground, so don’t really know what to expect.”

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