Top two clash in SIL Senior Division

It will be a case of d�j� vu for Ian Watson when Wickham Market visit his table-topping Felixstowe United side tomorrow in the Kingsley Healthcare SIL Senior Division.

Last weekend United saw off then-second placed team Melton St. Audry’s 3-1, while tomorrow’s opponents were beating Coplestonians 5-2.

“It’s the same as last week and we seem to be having a lot of big games quite quickly,” said Watson.

“We are expecting a good game as Wickham Market have added to their squad this season and their results and league position show that.

“In some respects, we are not sure what to expect given the changes they have made and we have just got to concentrate on one game at a time.”


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United are the early leaders of the league, having taken 13 points from a possible 15, scoring an impressive 20 goals in the process.

It is a start that has delighted Watson but he is not naive enough to think that the top of the table will not include some latecomers.

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“I think Wickham will be up there with the squad they have got and I think there will be more teams challenging for the title this season.

“Grundisburgh will be up there as will Ipswich Valley Rangers.”

Much of United’s success this season can be attributed to the club’s strength in depth throughout the squad.

Watson has a large squad to choose from however, he concedes that can cause its own problems.

“We have managed to bring a few players in over the summer, players that are probably the right type for the club,” said Watson.

“There are a few injuries ahead of the game but we have got players coming back that can fill those positions,” said Watson, who has seen striker, Matty Morgan, plunder seven goals in his last three games, including four against Ipswich Athletic in an 8-1 win.

“We have got strength in depth which is what we need because it is going to be a long season.

“There is Matty Morgan who is now scoring every week and showing why there were a lot of teams in for him in the summer. We are glad we have been able to keep him.

“We have also been able to bring in Damien Parker as a goalkeeping coach and that has made a difference and there is a lot of good competition between Kev Holland and Gary Hammond.”

Meanwhile, Wickham manager Steve Hammond is confident of picking up a good result.

“We have only lost one game, against Melton in the 90th minute, so we were unlucky not to get a point out of that,” he said.

“Felixstowe got a reasonable win at Melton but I know there was not much in the game and I am quietly confident.

“It has taken a bit of time to gel together but I am targeting a top-six finish for the team.”

Elsewhere in the Senior Division, Coplestonians, who suffered that 5-2 reverse at Wickham last week, host Grundisburgh, while Crane Sports, who were involved in an eight-goal away draw at Stanton last time out, are at home to Leiston St Margarets.

Ipswich Athletic meanwhile, who have shupped 14 goals in their previous two games, are away at Haughley, Melton St Audry’s host East Bergholt, Achilles are at Old Newton United and Stanton host Ipswich Valley Rangers.

n Needham Market will be looking to get their season back on track after a poor performance against Maidstone in the F.A Trophy.

The Marketmen remain unbeaten in the league and have a home game this Saturday against Romford followed by another home game next Tuesday against Potters Bar.

Paralympian Zoe Newson will be making a guest appearance next Tuesday in the Potters Bar game.

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