SIL preview: Felixstowe Harpers United v Wenhaston United

Having broken into the top four in the SIL Senior for the first time this season, after last weekend’s win against Coplestonians, Felixstowe Harpers United boss Ian Watson is looking to stay there.

After failing to register a victory in their opening five games, seven wins from their last 11 league games have propelled Harpers into the ‘Champions League places’ of the SIL Senior as things stand this term.

“We didn’t have the best of starts and weren’t helped by the changes in the summer which saw five or six players leave,” admitted Watson.

“We’ve attracted a few players since then and have brought few a few good young players in to the club and we’ve started to play some good football and get results.”

Felixstowe, who finished in third last season, host mid-table Wenhaston United on Saturday looking to maintain their excellent recent form.

“Wenhaston are one of those sides who are a bit up and down,” said Watson.

“They’re a bit like us in that respect – one week they will play really well and win the game but the next time they will be poor and lose.

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“To be honest, I think all the teams, apart from maybe Achilles, are a bit like that this season – anyone can beat anyone.”

Felixstowe were on the wrong end of a 5-0 scoreline against current league-leaders Achilles in October and Watson fully expects Lee Osborn’s side to end their wait in winning the SIL Senior title.

He said: “Achilles have always been the nearly-men but having played against them this season, they really mean business.

“Ossie’s done a great job there and I think they’re too strong for the other challengers for the league this year.”

Despite his side’s recent revival which has seen them overtake faltering Ipswich Valley Rangers, one thing Watson has been disappointed with this season is Harpers’ form at their home ground.

“I think our home form has definitely been our downfall,” admitted Watson, whose side have only gained eight out of a possible 24 on their own turf this campaign.

“I don’t know whether we go into games feeling complacent but we certainly haven’t played well there.

“If we can turn this around, I think we’d definitely be in with a shout of challenging at the very top.

“Our away form has been fantastic.”

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