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Castlemen looking to establish

Director of football James Cantrell is hoping Framlingham Town can establish themselves as a Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division club this season.

UP FRONT: Johnny Kerridge
UP FRONT: Johnny Kerridge

It is a move into the unknown for the Castlemen in 2018/19, who will be playing at Step 5 for the first time in their history following last term’s promotion.

There will also be a new man in the dugout at Badingham Road, with the club’s former reserve and under-18 manager Liam Abraham replacing the experienced Mel Aldis.

Like any side playing at a higher level, survival is Framlingham’s first aim, but Cantrell believes there is enough quality in the squad to look a bit higher.

“We would like to finish in and around mid-table,” said Cantrell.

“We want to play nice football and stay in the division of course, but you always want to be aiming high.

“In and around the middle of the league would be pleasing and I think that is realistic.

“We also have the FA Cup and FA Vase to look forward to again.

“These are heights the club has never experienced before and it is an exciting time for everyone.”

In terms of new signings Framlingham have recruited former Whitton United player Kieran Driver, while new boss Abraham has paired main marksman Danny Smith up front with Johnny Kerridge throughout pre-season.

Cantrell said: “Johnny has looked good playing up there.

“He is playing closer to Danny and it is helping him having a partner.

“He gets a bit more space and gives him some holes in the defence to exploit.”

It is a tough start to life in the Premier Division for Framlingham, who head to Ely City on Saturday (3pm).

That is followed on Tuesday by a home encounter against title favourites Stowmarket Town (7.45pm).

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