It's all in the stats for Mel

EVERY time Jon Stead has a shot on goal you expect it to be recorded. How many are on target, and how many are off target are vital stats for Ipswich Town manager Roy Keane and his staff.

Elvin King

EVERY time Jon Stead has a shot on goal you expect it to be recorded. How many are on target, and how many are off target are vital stats for Ipswich Town manager Roy Keane and his staff.

Keeping tabs on a player's movements and contributions is part and parcel of professional football these days and videos are scrutinised for hours after each match.

But when Stuart Jopling has a pop at goal you would not expect every effort to be logged.


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So full marks to striker Jopling's club Debenham Leisure Centre from the Ridgeons League, Premier Division club who have their own stats-gathering team.

This might not be quite as sophisticated as their Coca-Cola Championship rivals, but Dave Marshall and his daughter provide vital stats information to Debenham manager Mel Aldis after each game.

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“The info Dave and his daughter provide is invaluable and gives me an insight in how we really performed,” said Aldis.

And the attention to detail appears to be working with Debenham's 6-0 thrashing of Harwich and Parkeston last weekend.

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