Woodbridge Town gain a point. That’s more points in the last seven games than the whole of the rest of the season. The dressing room was ‘disappointed’ after Thetford draw. But at least James Hubbard is back and getting match fit

James Hubbard

James Hubbard

It’s a measure of how far Woodbridge Town have come in recent weeks that the Woodpeckers dressing room was a quiet place on Wednesday night.

Lee Elliston’s side had just gained a point against Thetford Town in a Thurlow Nunn Premier League clash, but they weren’t happy.

It took their tally to just 12 for the rock-bottom Notcutts club, but more significantly it was their seventh point of the campaign since Elliston took over.

And although the words ‘staying up’ are taboo at Woodbridge Town, with Elliston wanting no pressure on his players.

It must be said final third of the season is looking a bit more promising for them.


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“I think it is testament on how far we have come in a small time and that it was a quiet and disappointed dressing room after the Thetford game,” Elliston said.

“We’ve picked up more points in the six games I’ve been here, than the whole of the first half of the season.” (Woodbridge didn’t win a League game until their 20th attempt).

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“The players are improving and doing well. Although I thought we would get all three against Thetford, even when we were behind and right up to the final whistle.

“We just need to be braver on the ball, but I can’t fault the players at all.”

Woodbridge entertain the Jockeys from Newmarket at Notcutts on Saturday.

It’s a match Elliston is determined to observe closely as the return game at Newmarket was his first full game in charge – Woodbridge lost 0-2.

“It will be interesting to see how far we have come since that first game,” Elliston said.

“The Thurlow Nunn is a competitive league and there are no easy games.

“There is no talk about staying up. I don’t want any pressure on the players, they’ve had enough pressure this season.

“Of course I’m not naive enough to think they don’t look at the league table or talk about it. But we don’t in the dressing room.”

Big striker James Hubbard set up the goal against Thetford for Craig Stuart. His height and presence is proving important for Elliston.

“James is getting back to match fitness and that is good for the team and the dressing room,” Elliston said.

Attendances at Notcutts aren’t impressive however, with just 78 turning out on Wednesday.

Elliston hopes the team can start to put together a few results however and with that fans will start to return.

“We need a few results to expect people to come and give us a look,” he said.

“Hopefully the weather this weekend is good and if so we get a few more people along.”

In the Thurlow Nunn First Division, leaders Whitton will hope to keep their six-point lead intact as they travel to lowly Downham Market on Saturday.

With games in hand and just just one League defeat all season, the Premier Division beckons for the Ipswich-based club.

Meanwhile Ipswich Wanderers are at home at Humber Doucy Lane as they entertain March Town United.

With Great Yarmouth and Swaffham clashing, it gives Wanderers the chance – should they win – of closing in on the top three.

Stowmarket Town are one of the form teams of the division. They are unbeaten in four and have scored 13 goals in their last two games. On Saturday they entertain Saffron Walden at Greens Meadow.

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