SIL Division One title race set for Super Saturday finish
WHAT a finish! The race for promotion to the Senior Division of the Kingsley Healthcare SIL is perfectly poised going into the final day of the season.
Five clubs are contesting the two promotion spots – and the top four teams involved play each other on Saturday on adjoining pitches!
Coplestonians, who lead the table, are away to second-placed Westerfield United at Rushmere Sports Centre as both clubs look to bounce back following relegation last season.
On the adjoining pitch Ipswich Exiles, who have never played in the top flight of the SIL, entertain BT Trimley.
And a fifth team, Wenhaston United, remain in the promotion shake-up following their 6-0 win at Saxmundham Sports on Tuesday night.
Two of the five teams will be promoted come tea-time on Saturday, replacing Ransomes, whose 4-3 midweek defeat at Achilles confirmed their relegation along with Framlingham Town.
Keith Norton, chairman of the SIL, said tongue-in-cheek: “You have got to give credit to our fixture secretary (David Mayes) who has organised it that way, with the top four all playing each other at the same venue on the final Saturday.
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“It is an exciting time all round with Woodbridge Athletic receiving their trophy and three cup finals to follow in the space of two days.”
Woodbridge Athletic clinched the title thanks to last Saturday’s 6-1 demolition of East Bergholt United to finally shrug off the season-long challenge of defending champions Grundisburgh.
They are due to receive the trophy immediately after their final fixture against Stanton, which has been switched to Ipswich Wanderers’ Humber Doucy Lane ground.
Two of the three cup finals Norton is referring to are the Gipping Press Cup final between Grundisburgh Reserves and Ipswich Athletic Reserves and the Club Colours Cup final between Coplestonians ‘A’ and Sporting 87 Reserves.
Both finals are taking place at Henley Athletic next Monday, with the Club Colours Cup final kicking-off at 1pm and the Gipping Press Cup final following at 4pm.
Two days later it is the Touchline Sports Cup final between Senior Division sides Achilles and Haughley United at Woodbridge Town FC, starting at 7.15pm.
Norton said of the season as a whole: “We have had the odd problem, as every league does, but overall the fixtures should finish on time, although we may have a couple of fixtures over-run.”