Melton St Audry’s already looking ahead to next season
MELTON St Audry’s joint manager Stevie Moore goes into tomorrow’s match against Grundisburgh only concerned about his own team.
The Saints saw a seven-match undefeated run unceremoniously ended by a 4-0 loss to Achilles, before drawing 1-1 against Crane Sports last Saturday.
Moore said: “In the two-and-a-half years I have been manager we have never done very well against Achilles. They are our bogey team. They played really well on the day and we made mistakes and paid the price.
“Our fitness perhaps let us down a little after the bad weather, but I think that Achilles are in a false position.”
Moore and joint manager Chris Gray now take their fourth-placed side to face Grundisburgh, who dropped to second due to a combination of their inactivity last week and title rivals Woodbridge Athletic winning.
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Eleven points behind Woodbridge and with just nine games left to play, Moore is already turning his attentions to next season.
He said: “I am really happy with the way things have gone – it has been a good season so far. The next nine games will be important as we are building for next season.
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“It is always nice to play the reigning champions, especially at their place. We didn’t play very well at home against them and lost 3-0.
“Grundisburgh will obviously be disappointed after losing last Saturday, but knowing Mickey (Squirrell) and Kevin (Cunningham) as I do they will get them motivated because it is their last chance of winning a trophy this season.
“It is a good time to play them, but we need to worry about us and how high we can finish this season.
“We are not even five miles apart, and a few of our lads live out there, so it will add some spice to the occasion.”
The only ex-Grundisburgh player is right back Adam Kelly, who joined Melton this season from Wickham Market after missing most of last season with a knee injury.
Skipper James Bradbrook missed last week’s game with a back injury which he has been carrying for six weeks, and is possibly out for the remainder of the season.
His place in the centre of defence was taken by 19-year-old Karl Wilson, who Moore rates as a good prospect for the future and is the younger brother of goalkeeper Adam Wilson.