Ransomes FC manager Gorham is weighing up his future
FOOTBALL: Ransomes manager Peter Gorham will be weighing up his future during the summer break before committing himself to another season running the Kingsley Healthcare SIL Senior Division club.
Ransomes are still in the mix to win the championship, and are favourites to gain three points when they play bottom club Coplestonians tomorrow (kick-off 2.30pm).
But having lost four quality players from his squad recently and using two 16-year-olds in last week’s goalless draw against Grundisburgh, Gorham is not talking up his side’s chances.
He said: “Chris Williams, who has gone to Whitton United, Tommy Childs, who has gone back to Felixstowe United, and Danny George and Jermaine Harewood, who have decided to finish their seasons only, would get into any SIL side and most sides in the Ridgeons League.
“They will be missed in our run-in, and Grundisburgh who looked a good solid team from back to front last week, have the easier run-in on paper and will be the team to beat for the title.
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“I certainly haven’t thrown in the towel, but I will be using 16-year-olds Liam Wales and Luke Howes again tomorrow.
“Grundisburgh have a tough game at the weekend, and if they lose it will open things up again.”
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Gordon, 59, is chairman of the Ransomes Sports Club and groundsman at Sidegate Avenue, and he added: “I will not walk away from Ransomes FC.
“I will never do that, but I will take a rest in the summer and then have a chat with football club chairman Terry Green and decide whether I will carry on as manager.
“It is not definite one or the other at the moment.”
It is now basically a four-horse race for the title with Achilles, Grundisburgh and Ipswich Athletic battling it out with Ransomes.
Achilles have failed to capitalize on their games in hand with some disappointing midweek results and they need to beat a much-improved East Bergholt tomorrow.
Grundisburgh will not have an easy task either meeting a Haughley United side that has won their previous five games after being winless for six months.
Ipswich Athletic entertain Omnico Cup finalists Crane Sports with the relegation issues looking to have been decided by results over the last week or so with Coplestonians and Westerfield United surely doomed to First Division football in 2011/12.
In the junior section of the SIL ups and downs are starting to be decided with Stowupland Falcons already relegated from Division One having slipped out of senior football 12 months ago.
The Falcons reserves also losing their Intermediate Division status and while it has been a difficult season for the club they are to be congratulated on fielding two sides every week.
Elmswell have dropped down from the Second Division with Ufford Sports losing their Division Three status after losing to leaders Sproughton last weekend.
Westerfield A have not lost a league match since the opening day of the season and have clinched promotion from Division Five a season after gaining promotion from the Sixth Division.