Westerfield United battling for SIL Senior Division survival


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Westerfield United face a crucial game in their battle for SIL Senior Division survival tomorrow, when they host East Bergholt United at Rushmere.

The Swans are without a win in four top-flight games, following back-to-back victories, and are currently only being kept off the bottom by Ipswich Athletic.

Westerfield have shipped eight goals in their last two league games and have conceded 40 this season, but generally, they have been fairly solid at the back, but scoring goals has been an issue – with 17 goals, Westerfield are the division’s lowest scorers.

And they are not adrift at the bottom either. Eight points seperate themselves and 10th-placed Wenhaston United, but Westerfield, who have finished eighth, 10th and 14th since promotion in 2013, have two games in hand on their rivals.

“We have not really performed this season,” said manager Stuart Spreadbridge.

“We were hit by a couple of lads going to university in the summer, and we have had injuries, but the main issue has been scoring goals and I think if you look at the teams around us, they are having similar problems.

“It’s important that we stay up. Before I arrived we were always known as a bit of a yo-yo club, we have done better in the last two season, but we seem to have gone back to our old ways a bit this season.

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“I think we have enough quality in the squad to stay up but the proof is in the pudding.”

He added: “The performance against Felixstowe Harpers (5-1 defeat) was dreadful, but the performance against Haughley was better (1-1) whilst we did very well with a depleted side against Bramford (lost 1-0).”

Elsewhere, third-top Cranes host Bramford – five points behind them – in fourth, looking to keep the pressure on top-two sides Henley and Achilles. Henley, at the summit, can do Westerfield a favour by beating fourth-bottom Capel Plough, while another team just above the Swans, Grundisburgh, entertain Coplestonians in fifth.

Felixstowe Harpers have a home game with Stanton, Ransomes Sports travel to bottom side Ipswich Athletic, Haughley are on the road at Leiston St Margarets and Wenhaston welcome Achilles.

After a 48-year association with the SIL Stradbroke United have withdrawn their team from the league with immediate effect.

All their scheduled Division Three matches have been cancelled and details of already played matches expunged.

Stradbroke’s withdrawal means that under league rules only one team will be relegated from Division 3 at the end of the season.

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