Gorleston in strong position to challenge for title, says boss Butler

FA Vase action between Gorleston and Coleshill Town.
Gorleston manager Ricci Butler.
PHOTO: Nick Butcher

FA Vase action between Gorleston and Coleshill Town. Gorleston manager Ricci Butler. PHOTO: Nick Butcher


Ricci Butler feels his Gorleston side are in a better position to challenge for the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division title than last season.

The Greens were heavily involved in last season’s title race until a late slump saw them end up finishing fourth. However, Butler feels he has more depth to his squad this season, which will serve them well when the games start coming thick and fast.

“We had to strengthen in a couple of areas and we’ve done that by bringing in the players that we have,” said Butler, whose side entertain Saffron Walden Town at Emerald Park this afternoon (kick-off 3pm). “I’m hoping there will be another one to come as well.

“We are definitely stronger than last year. Last season, we worked with a small squad and that worked really well until we got to around January time when injuries and suspensions really started to take their toll.

“I think what killed us last season were the Tuesday night away games but we’ve got a bigger squad now and should be able to cope better with it.”

Butler’s side have certainly hit the ground running this season, winning both their league games against Thetford and Kirkley whilst advancing in the FA Cup after victory over Stanway Rovers.

But Butler believes the standard in the league has gone up a notch this season and knows his players are going to have their work cut out to maintain their early season momentum. “The league is a lot tougher this year – you’ve got teams like Stow and Coggeshall that have come up with big ambitions and Wroxham coming down,” he said.

“Newmarket have strengthened and of course Felixstowe will be strong again. Thetford, Kirkley and Yarmouth all have good teams as well so it’s going to be difficult.

“We’ve just got to win all our home games and not lose as many away games as we can – it really is as simple as that.”

Elsewhere today Great Yarmouth Town will be looking to build on their impressive midweek win over Wroxham as they travel to Godmanchester Rovers.

Kirkley & Pakefield entertain Haverhill Rovers whilst Thetford Town travel to Long Melford.

Wroxham will be hoping to bag their first win of the season when they travel to Wivenhoe.

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