Ipswich Wanderers entertain Wroxham – ‘no pressure on us’, says Goldfinch
Mark Goldfinch is hoping to ‘call in a few favours’ as Ipswich Wanderers look to keep their season intact, writes Mike Bacon.
The Humber Doucy Lane club have endured a torrid season so far, with budget cuts, player departures and managerial changes.
It’s old news that doesn’t need raking over. But the bottom line is that Goldfinch, James Buckle and Danny Thrower are now working as a three-man managerial team until the end of the season.
The hopes of keeping Wanderers in the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division – it’s fair to say – are not in their favour. Today they entertain Wroxham.
“We just want to keep the club going and keep the football being played,” Goldfinch said.
“There are no expectations, everyone knows that.
“If we go down, we go down and come back fighting next season. But we don’t know the exact structures of the leagues at this level next season, so we are going to keep battling.”
Wanderers are second bottom of the division and have picked up just one point from their last 36.
It’s been a terrible run that has seen them plummet down the table, the final straw in recent weeks being the departure of manager Mark Benterman and many of the players he brought into the club.
“We’ve just had to manage with 16 and 17-year-olds in the main,” Goldfinch said.
“Me and James (Buckles) have been turning out again, Danny is still recovering from a broken leg.
“I’m hoping to call in a few favours and David Head is signing for us and has said he will play the occasional game if we are short.
“It’s tough, we have no budget.
“I can’t go and talk to a player if I can’t offer him anything.
“It’s a big step for the young players too. Senior football at this level is tough, you don’t want to demoralise their development by playing them when you shouldn’t.
“But there is no pressure on any of us and the club committee know that.”
Wroxham suffered a shock 3-4 home defeat to lowly Fakenham last weekend. But overall they have been in pretty good form.