SIL chairman Keith Norton delighted by exciting finale to league season

Achilles defeated fellow Senior Division side, Crane Sports, in the final of the Suffolk Senior Cup

Achilles defeated fellow Senior Division side, Crane Sports, in the final of the Suffolk Senior Cup last weekend. Both teams have provided much drama in the league this season. - Credit: Archant

The chairman of the SIL, Keith Norton, is delighted with the stories that have been thrown up on the final day of the season.

In the Senior Division tomorrow, Henley Athletic must win to secure the title, as a draw or defeat could let in second-placed Achilles, who boast a far superior goal difference.

In Division One meanwhile, Benhall St Mary are on the verge of becoming champions, having won promotion, and are waiting to see who will join them, between AFC Hoxne and Sporting ‘87.

Henley host third-top Cranes in an extremely tough-looking encounter for the Senior Division leaders, while Achilles are at home to Haughley and will be expected to pick up three points.

In Division, meanwhile, Hoxne, in third, host Benhall, knowing maximum points and a defeat or draw for Sporting at fourth-placed Claydon will be enough, given their superior goal difference.

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“I am absolutely delighted with the end to the season we are having and, of course, it goes a bit further than that with Division Two and Three both being won on the last day,” said Norton.

“It’s so close and it’s been brilliant and all credit must go to our fixtures secretary who seems to work his magic on the final day of the season every year!

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Three teams contested the Senior Division for most of the season, until Cranes’ recent slip, while in Division One, it was a four-way battle for two spots up until recently.

That has been a great boost for Norton and his committee who have seen a number of teams over the last couple of seasons or so.

“Towards the end of the season the pressure gets to the players in what is a huge season, especially clubs that are successful on two or three fronts, like Cranes and Achilles,” Norton added.

“I think the league is healthy at the moment and I have been told that we have had quite a few applicants to join us next season.

“That could end up being two or three teams, it could end up being half-a-dozen or more.”

On where these new teams would potentially be placed, Norton said: “It depends where that team comes from, while a few precedents have been set by the league that if we feel a team is too strong for Division Four then they may be moved up.

“Normally though, they would start in Division Four.”

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