Club Notes 3rd February 2020

At long last, a Senior team victory to report, together with a comprehensive nap hand for the Reserves.
The Seniors enjoyed a 3-0 win at the Ipswich School Sports Centre against bottom club, Westerfield, while the Reserves maintained their attack on SIL "A" League "top-spot".wiith a well executed 5-0 home win against a, far from, poor Sporting 87 Reserves.

Under the insistent control of (player) manager, Andy Coote, the Seniors took some time to transfer their obvious superiority into goals but, the longer the match proceeded, the more obvious was the likely result against a plucky Westerfield side stuck at the bottom of the SIL Senior League table. Keiron Joseph was the first to "ring the bell"with a fine effort just on half-time and, well into the second period, Jamie Steel and, yes, that man Coote wrapped matters up in Achilles' quest to climb the table. At the other end longstanding colleagues, Westerfield, were left to continue their unfortunate fight against relegation.

Meanwhile, Chris Crick's/Lee Grimwood's Reserves played some delightful football at times to achieve that nap hand against Sporting's Reserves. Marksmen were, Grant Barratt (a delightful curling free kick), Tom Smith, Gary Coplen, Carl McCarthy (happily returned from his fishing distractions), and Matt McCarthy (penalty).

This week the Seniors make the short trip to high-flying Henley while the Reserves welcome Haughley Reserves to Salmet Close - SIL Senior and "A" Division matches respectively.

Finally, it's with deep sadness that Achilles' report the passing of Darryle Flegg, one of the hard-working Pauls Sports & Social Club's members who, amongst many activities, has been a wonderful supporter of Achilles over recent seasons. His death was marked by an outstanding minutes silence by both Achilles' and Sporting 87's Reserve squads before the match on Saturday, photos of which will be displayed on social media as appropriate. An indication of Darryle's commitment is that, a few seasons ago, the Club was without a groundsperson for the Pauls' pitch. Darryle took the job over and won Suffolk FA's annual accolade of "Groundsperson of the Year".
Rest in Peace, Darryle.