Woodbridge Town chairman John Beecroft ‘buoyed’ by applicants for manager’s job at Notcutts

John Beecroft

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Woodbridge Town chairman John Beecroft admits to being ‘buoyed’ by the interest shown in the vacant manager’s job at Notcutts Park.

Woodbridge Town chairman John Beecroft admits to being ‘buoyed’ by the interest shown in the vacant manager’s job at Notcutts Park.

The Woodpeckers parted company with Mark Scopes last week with the side bottom of the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division and with only two points on the board.

Since then the team have shipped ten more goals under the caretaker management team of Louis Newman and Sean Clements, although five were against Ryman Premier League Bury Town on Wednesday night in the Suffolk Premier Cup.

“I know it may sound strange, but I’ve been buoyed by the number of applicants and the quality of applicants I’ve had for the vacant job,” Beecroft said.

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“It’s nice to know Woodbridge Town is still seen by many people in a positive light and as a good club to be involved with.

“I’ve had plenty of applicants and I hope to make an announcement soon.”

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A tricky league clash away at Mildenhall Town tomorrow is followed by a real ‘six-pointer’ for Woodbridge against second bottom Wivenhoe Town the week after.

Beecroft knows the team has plenty of the season to turn things around, although time is getting short.

“I’m certainly not accepting relegation as a certainty,” Beecroft said.

“We were sad to lose Mark and no-one was more disappointed than me.

“But it gives us time to turn things round and we have to move on now.

“Although I don’t want us to go down, it won’t be a big problem to the club should we do so.”

Woodbridge Town have a buoyant youth set-up and as many youth players from under-8-under 18 level as any club in the county.

So, it must be somewhat disappointing for the first team to find itself in the position it is.

“I would like our youth section to become closer to the main club,” Beecroft added.

“We have plenty of good young players and we need to keep them involved at the club.”

Woodbridge Town have flirted with relegation before in recent seasons but face a real test this time to maintain their Premier Division survival.

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