Swans set an SIL survival target

WESTERFIELD United manager Jamie Sandilands today set his team a target of 10 points from their remaining five games to avoid relegation from the Senior Division of the Kingsley Healthcare SIL.

The Swans are at home to Framlingham Town tomorrow (kick-off 2.30pm) having drawn 1-1 in the corresponding fixture at Badingham Road last weekend.

Only Coplestonians are below Westerfield in the table, and they have five games in hand.

It is looking precarious for Westerfield, who have only won five of their 25 league matches so far.

“We have been in senior football now for a decade, and it would be devastating to drop back to junior level,” said Sandilands.

“But we are confident that we can move out of the bottom two by the end of the season, and to do that I have given the lads a target of 10 points.”

After the visit of Framlingham, Westerfield have Capel Plough to play twice, Melton St Audry’s and Felixstowe United, and Sandilands added:

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“They are all winnable games although Capel are likely to raise their game as I played for them for a couple of years.

“Injuries have taken a toll with three central defenders missing, and I am a doubt for tomorrow with a recurrence of a shoulder problem.

“I don’t think anybody would have predicted Haughley United sparking into life as they have and new manager Phil Fairbrother has them very organised and good luck to them.”

Sandilands picks out his brother Karl and Joe Iacobucci as two players who have done exceptionally well for the Swans this season and will be looking to carry on last Saturday’s second half form tomorrow.

“We were very poor in the first half, but did much better after the break and could have sneaked a win,” added Sandilands, whose has praise for their Rushmere Sports Club home venue.

Former Swans player and Ipswich Town FA Cup hero Roger Osborne is manager of the centre and was recently voted runner-up in the Suffolk FA groundsman of the year awards.

Coplestonians also badly need to start picking up points, but they will not find Achilles an easy touch with the fellow Ipswich-based side having lost valuable ground in the title race in recent matches and looking to ensure that they suffer no more slip-ups.

Crane Sports and Old Newton could be drawn into relegation issues and both would be relieved to get maximum points from Stanton and Haughley respectively.

At the top end of the table, it is now looking like a four-horse finish with Grundisburgh having covered the most significant ground as the finishing line approaches.

They could go top if they beat leaders Ransomes Sports at Sidegate Avenue with second-placed Ipswich Athletic facing a tough trip to Capel.

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Final Kingsley Healthcare SIL transfers for the season: Aaron Britton (Old Newton to Elmswell), Liam Britton (Old Newton to Elmswell), Jamieson Chambers (Mendlesham to Haughley), Thomas Childs (Ransomes to Felixstowe United), Andrew Crump (Felixstowe United to Grundisburgh), Shaine De’ath (AFC Brickmakers to FC Adhara), Vincent Ford (East Bergholt to FC Adhara), Shaun Greening (Trimley Red Devils to Felixstowe United), Kevin Holland (Westerfield to Crane Sports), Adilson Jacinto (St Johns to Westerfield), Craig Lockwood (Elmswell to Old Newton), Dale Ramsey (East Bergholt to Bramford), Tarrant Turner (BROB to Blakenham), James Wood (Somersham to BROB).

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