Ipswich Wanderers target FA Cup qualification

IPSWICH Wanderers boss Glenn Read is targeting a top-10 finish in Division One of the Ridgeons League this season.

Read, who took over as manager in early November, is bidding to revive the fortunes of the Humber Doucy Lane club.

After picking up just one win and one draw in their opening 10 league games, Wanderers parted company with manager Steve Buckle.

Former Woodbridge Town and Coplestonians manager Read, who had been assistant to Steve Jay at Stowmarket Town, suffered a 4-1 defeat at home to league leaders Thetford Town in his first league game in charge before overseeing a 3-2 win at Debenham Leisure Centre.

Read, whose side have since suffered 4-1 and 5-0 defeats to March Town United and Halstead Town respectively, has been busy trying to strengthen his squad, after losing four senior players straightaway.

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He has brought in his son Luke Read, who had been at Hadleigh United since the start of last season, Camillo Douglas, who began this season at Hadleigh, Sean Rea, who last season was with Felixstowe & Walton United, and James Churchill from Walsham-le-Willows.

Luke Read, Douglas and Rea all played for their new manager as youngsters when he ran Bourne Vale, and he said: “They are all 21 or 22, and so are a great age to get together again.

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“I am trying to strengthen the squad, and my aim this season is to finish in the top 10 and so qualify for next season’s FA Cup.

“We have got some good under-18s coming through, and I am having to use one or two at the moment, even though they are not quite ready to step up yet.

“It is a big challenge on one of the smallest budgets in the league, but we are working hard to bring in more sponsors so that hopefully we will have a bigger budget to work with next season.”

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