Two clubs still hoping to become first Ipswich-based team to win SIL title in 25 years

IPSWICH Athletic and Achilles are still living in hopes of becoming the first club from within the town to win the Kingsley Healthcare SIL title for 25 years.

Grundisburgh are in the driving seat leading the table by three points and a much superior goal difference over Athletic and five points ahead of Achilles, who have three games left opposed to their title rivals’ two.

Achilles were the last Ipswich-based side to win the Senior Division title, but Grundisburgh will put themselves in an even stronger position with a home win over Stanton tomorrow (kick-off 2.30pm).

Athletic lost 2-1 at Woodbridge Athletic on Tuesday to drop vital points and Achilles drew at Ransomes on the same night before travelling to Woodbridge Athletic tomorrow (kick-off 3pm).

“Grundisburgh are favourites,” said Athletic chairman Kevin Foskett. “There is no doubt about that.

“But we have to look to beating Framlingham Town tomorrow to keep the pressure on Grundisburgh hoping they will stumble as we play them in our final game.

“But Grundisburgh are a bit like Manchester United and have made a habit of winning things over the years.

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“Getting any points at Woodbridge Athletic is a tough ask and I look back at our defeat to relegated Westerfield in February when Jamie Sandilands scored two goals and turned it on as a game when we did not achieve.”

Foskett, who moved from East Bergholt to Ipswich Athletic in January, will gain positives if his side does miss out on the title.

He added: “Manager Jimmy Marjoram has done very well and after having points deducted last season we have plenty to build on from what we have achieved this year.

“It will give us a springboard for what we hope will be a great 2011/12.”

Coplestonians are still alive in their fight to stave off relegation, and a win at Haughley tomorrow will improve their chances. A defeat however and they will be relegated along with Westerfield, who have been eight years in senior football.

Their Rushmere Sports Club ground has been saved from possible closure with houses to be built on one corner of the site.

Halesworth Town lost their fight to avoid relegation from Division One with a 4-0 home defeat by Ipswich Exiles. Bacton United ‘89 kept alive their slim hopes of promotion with a 5-3 win at Henley Athletic on Tuesday, thus denying the presentation of the Division Two Championship trophy to their hosts.

Henley go to AFC Crowley for their final game in search of a win to confirm the championship.

Sporting ‘87 have been slowly moving up the table as they catch up on their outstanding fixtures and the 1-0 victory at relegation-threatened AFC Hoxne on Tuesday saw them into the top two for the first time this season.

AFC Brickmakers’ 1-1 draw with Stonham A in midweek was not enough to secure the Division Four title. They have finished their fixtures and must wait to see if AFC Hoxne reserves can deprive them of the title by winning their four remaining matches with a goal difference of plus 15!

Westerfield United A became the first champions of the season when they beat Division Five promotion hopefuls Felixstowe Harpers 2-1 last weekend.

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