New Ipswich Wanderers boss Mark Benterman has seen improvement in his team already

Ipswich Wanderers boss, Mark Benterman

Ipswich Wanderers boss, Mark Benterman - Credit: Archant

New Ipswich Wanderers boss Mark Benterman says he has seen improvement in his team in only his first week at the helm.

The former Halstead Town and Debenham LC manager took charge of the Humber Doucy Lane outfit 10 days ago, watched them lose 2-1 at Long Melford, before taking charge of the single goal defeat to Godmanchester last weekend.

Tonight they travel to Brantham in a Thurlow Nunn Premier fixture.

“I watched the team against Long Melford and was a bit disappointed, to be honest,” he said.

“I thought there were areas we could improve in.


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“We’ve brought a few players in and it was much better against Godmanchester, even though we still lost, but only 1-0 to a top-eight side.

“It’s a good challenge for me to come here, to a Step 5 club. It’s progression in my management but I’m not naive, I know the task we have.”

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Benterman is joined at Humber Doucy Lane by assistant manager Jack Wignall and he has also made Mark Goldfinch assistant boss too.

Goldfinch took charge of the team after Shane Wardley left.

“Goldy has been great for me,” Benterman said.

“I really want him on the pitch. I thought he was our best player against Godmanchester, he’s got so much experience.

“I’m an ambitious manager, but know we need to stabilise things here at Wanderers and then we can start climbing the table. I’ve brought four players in and hopefully another by the weekend.

“There are some great youngsters here too and the Academy is important.

“But as they rightly say the table doesn’t lie and we have only won two league games so far this season, thankfully there are 34 to go.”

After their trip to Brantham, Wanderers are at home next weekend to Saffron Walden, who ended Felixstowe & Walton’s unbeaten run last weekend in emphatic style.

Away games at Wivenhoe and Walsham complete the next couple of week’s action for Wanderers.

Also tonight, Long Melford travel to Saffron Walden, Walsham entertain Gorleston, while Hadleigh travel to Wivenhoe.

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