Ransomes Sports on the verge of SIL Senior Division return

The charity Ipswich Legends game last year.

The charity Ipswich Legends game last year. - Credit: Gregg Brown

Ransomes Sports could be celebrating promotion back to the SIL Senior Division this afternoon.

They will be promoted from Division One with a point at third-placed Henley Athletic.

Should that happen and second-placed Coplestonians fail to secure maximum points at home to Claydon, they will go one better and win the title.

Ransomes are six points clear at the top of Division One with two games remaining, Coplestonians (six points behind) and Henley (eight points behind) both having a game in hand on them.

Ransomes need four points from their final two games to win the championship, but should they tie at the top, their superior goal difference should see them home.

Manager of Ransomes, Glenn Newman, said: “I watched Henley against AFC Hoxne on Tuesday and it would have been nice had the game finished in a draw, but Henley won 2-0.

“With that in mind, it would be nice to get the win on Saturday.

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“We had a nip-and-tuck game with them a few weeks ago that we won 2-1 and we know Henley will give us a good run for their money.”

Ransomes were relegated from the top-flight in 2012 and promotion would seal an impressive comeback for the Sidegate Avenue-based side.

“Promotion would be very good for the club, it was in free-fall for a couple of seasons,” added Newman, who is in his second season as manager.

“The chairman asked me what I could do (on his appointment). We were promoted last season, had a good summer, and stuck with the main core of 20 players that brought us success.

“We have gone from strength to strength and it would be fantastic to win promotion and even better to win the title.”

Up until a few weeks ago, Hoxne were also in contention for a top-two place and while finishing runners-up isn’t beyond the realms of possibility for them, it’s now a three-horse race for the title.

“It’s a pity that Hoxne slacked off, as we were four of the better teams in the league and in Division One.”

He added: “But we have been very consistent, all departments have been superb. I have huge admiration for Coplestonians and Henley too. It would be nice if we could all go up.”

With the Senior Division within touching distance, Newman was asked whether he would stay loyal to the squad that has been with him since Division Two last season.

He said: “On our day we can play some fantastic football, we have a fantastic group of players, but I will be looking to strengthen by bringing in two or three new players,” he admitted

“If we can do that I am very confident we can hold our own.”