Whitton United are quickly finding their feet as Suffolk rivals Brantham Athletic visit

Whitton boss Paul Bugg (right) and assistant Glen Snell (left) celebrate success with Whitton United

Whitton boss Paul Bugg (right) and assistant Glen Snell (left) celebrate success with Whitton United last season - Credit: Archant

Having moved up into mid-table, Whitton United are finding their feet in the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division.

That is according to manager Paul Bugg, who is delighted with the way things have been going of late for his squad.

Two wins and three draws in their last five league games have moved the Ipswich-based side up to 14th, following promotion from the First Division last season.

“Things are taking shape,” declared Bugg, whose side host fellow mid-table Brantham Athletic this afternoon.

“It’s just been a case of finding our feet, and we look like we are doing that with every game.

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“I just think we were overawed at the start of the season – I’ve always said we will be okay though, and we are going in the right direction.”

After revamping the club house in the summer, Bugg is excited about what can be achieved at Whitton at the future, without getting too carried away.

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“At the start of the season, the main goal was to stay up,” he added.

“That’s still the case. If we were offered fourth or fifth bottom come the end of the season I’d take that now.

“We are building something exciting. Credit must go to the people behind the scenes like Phil Pemberton and Lucky Singh for their hard work – over the last four months the place has really taken off.”

Bugg continued: “We’re trying to do things the right way at Whitton, getting people to buy into what we’re doing.

“We don’t have the biggest budget, but we are pulling together and it’s exciting.

“Aaran Sheppard and Miles Powell have come across from Felixstowe & Walton and they’ve been great signings – prime examples of the right kind of people with the best interests at heart.”

Bugg has ‘three or four’ players on his radar at the moment as players chop and change through mid-season.

“If we get the right player available, we’ll make a deal,” continued Bugg.

“We’re getting players approaching us which is nice, and proves that we must be doing something right.”

Bugg’s men host a Brantham side close to his heart today, following 16 years at the club as a player or manager.

“I’m really looking forward to the game,” Bugg added.

“I’ve got some great friends at Brantham, the club is run similarly to Whitton in a way, it’s full of good people.

“I helped bring through the likes of Ollie Mann, Sean Gunn and Kieran Lawler so it will be good to see them.”

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