SIL preview: Top scorers meet the meanest defence in Senior Division
SIL Senior Division top scorers Achilles (58 scored), will have to use all their attacking nous to overcome the team with the tightest rearguard, tomorrow, Capel Plough (17 conceded).
Not surprisingly, given their records, both teams find themselves in the top four and very much still in contention to win the league.
Achilles are third on 37 points, two points behind leaders East Bergholt, who entertain Leiston St Margarets, while Capel are a point behind in fourth, with Crane Sports making up the quartet, in second, just off the summit courtesy of an inferior goal difference.
Cranes go to Ipswich Athletic tomorrow, but there is not doubt that the stand-out fixture is the clash between Achilles and Capel, with the latter’s manager, Archie Arnold, ready for the first of a tough triple-header of fixtures that could make or break their season.
“We have got three difficult games in the next three weeks with Achilles on Saturday, Cranes in the Bob Coleman Cup and Bramford in the league,” he said.
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“It’s a big end of February for us and will probably define which way our season is going to go.
“If we pick up a few points in the league and progress in the cup then that will be great, but if we go out of the cup and struggle in the league games, our campaign could peter out.
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“It will be a tough game against Achilles and if we can get a good start, that will set ourselves up. We don’t score many goals, although we do create chances, but we don’t concede many either. We just need to be more ruthless in front of goal.”
Arnold has added Bramford striker Keiran Dilloway to his squad this week and will also welcome back Miles Donovan, the club captain, who has been missing through work for the last five weeks.
That will be a big boost for Capel, who drew 1-1 with Achilles in the corresponding fixture earlier in the season.
That game saw nothing between the teams and Arnold is predicting another tight encounter tomorrow.
“It’s going to be a very tough game but if we get something out of it, it will keep us in contention, and perhaps people will then start thinking we are up there for a reason,” explained Arnold.
“Achilles’ physical presence probably gives them the edge over a lot of other teams and they will probably be expecting to win the league.
“We are not as physical as we once were but hopefully we will be able to match them.”
Elsewhere today, Bramford host Felixstowe Harpers, Haughley entertain Grundisburgh, Framlingham Town go to Ipswich Valley Rangers, Wickham Market are the visitors to Wenhaston United and Westerfield are at home to Stanton.