Woodbridge Town growing in strength under new boss Lee Elliston

Tom Deller (in red), Woodbridge's new signing, makes a tackle

Tom Deller (in red), Woodbridge's new signing, makes a tackle - Credit: Archant

After leading his side to a fantastic 3-2 win over FC Clacton last weekend, Woodbridge Town new boss Lee Elliston has already made quite an impression at Notcutts Park.

And following a mid-week training session at Martlesham’s Grange Fitness & Performance Centre, the Woodpeckers look like they’re going from strength to strength.

Calling on friend and trainer Matt Brennan, Elliston organised a fun yet beneficial session with his troops and the former Burnham Ramblers coach thinks other local clubs should follow suit in making use of local gyms and businesses.

“I know Matt quite well and thought that with the pitch in a bit of a state with all the weather at the minute, the session would be something a bit different for the lads,” said Elliston.

“After feeling out of their comfort zone for the first ten minutes, they all got into the swing of things and we ended up having a very good session with plenty of hard work.

“The lads had a bit of banter as well and we ended the session with plenty of positive feedback which is great because hopefully this can be the start of something.

“We’re planning to do crossfit workouts every other week for now and would be looking for something again in pre-season.

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“It’s great to promote what Grange Fitness are doing and vice-versa – I think a lot of other sides should start following suit because it’s beneficial to all parties.”

Having being put through their paces, Elliston’s newly-confident side travel to Newmarket Town this weekend looking to build on last week’s result and edge closer to Thurlow Nunn Premier survival.

The new man at the helm isn’t getting carried away though and knows there is still a lot of work to be done.

“Last week was fantastic and went better than I expected to be honest,” said Elliston.

“I wouldn’t go as far as saying it was a dream start but it was a very good result looking at the table.

“We asked the lads to play with a smile on their face and from the off they did that, they worked extremely hard and it was great to see their chins up and levels of belief at the end of the game.

“They deserved that after all the upheaval they’ve been through this season and I was pleased for them more than anything.”

Elliston gave debuts to Tom Deller and Lee Pleasance last weekend and the new boss was very pleased with the duo’s impact.

“Tom and Lee played really well,” confessed Elliston.

“I got Tom in from Felixstowe knowing what he’s all about and he was great last week.

“He gave 110% and was involved in a couple of the goals so I’m delighted.

“Lee played well as well, he showed his quality before tiring at the end due to a lack of playing time recently but I was happy with his display.”

Elliston has been busy in signing new additions this week and one player who has joined forces from Ipswich Wanderers is forward Haz Ekeolere.

“Haz is a quick and strong attack-minded player and is sure to be a good addition for us,” confirmed Elliston.

Ekeolere is available for the trip to Newmarket and could partner James Hubbard in attack.

Hubbard scored on his return to action last week after a lengthy time on the sidelines with a broken arm.

“We threw James in at the deep end a bit last week, but he scored and got 90 minutes under his belt so that’s great news for him,” said Elliston.

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