Framlingham Town move top of the Thurlow Nunn League First Division North table ahead of Whitton United clash
A win this weekend will leave Framlingham Town top of the table at Christmas, but manager Liam Abraham is not getting carried away.
The Castlemen moved to the Thurlow Nunn League First Division North’s summit last Saturday courtesy of a 4-2 triumph on the road at third-placed Holland FC.
They hold a one-point advantage over Stanway Pegasus in second, with the Essex side also having played three games more.
Victory over Whitton United at Badingham Road tomorrow (3pm) would further strengthen Framlingham’s promotion credentials, yet last season’s experiences are keeping Abraham’s feet firmly grounded.
“There’s been a real consistency in how we’ve gone about things and we’re pleased with how we’ve started,” said Abraham.
“But we’ve only played 19 games and there’s a long way to go. We have 46 points this season and at the same stage last season we had 45.
“There’s not much in it and obviously we didn’t go on to win the league or go up last year, so we know there is plenty that can change.”
Abraham’s men were at their free-scoring best during the first half of their recent trip to Holland.
All four of their goals – scored by Joe Berry, George Exworth, Ethan Whittingstall and leading marksman Max Willett – came before half-time.
It took their league tally for the campaign so far to 58, meaning that they are averaging a shade more than three goals a game.
Abraham added: “We’ve got our main number nine in Max but it’s great others are chipping in.
“We’ve got a good set piece that causes problems and five or six attacking players that have some real quality.
“We scored one of those set pieces against Holland. I was really pleased there, both with the result and the performance.
“We were really good, especially in that first half when we were clinical. We were 4-1 up at half-time and that shows our domination.
“I was also very pleased with the second half for different reasons. They came out on the front foot and posed us a different challenge.
“They were a bit more direct and it wasn’t always comfortable, but we were very resolute and it was good to see that side of us.”
Attention has now switched to the visit of a second-from-bottom Whitton outfit that have lost four of their last five league fixtures.
But despite the away side’s lowly position, their recent signings have caught the eye of Abraham.
“They’ve signed some really good players recently like Max Ransome and Kade Ivatt – they’ve got higher-league experience,” he said.
“It’s not going to be a walkover and we need to make sure we have that mindset. We’ve already beaten them twice this season after winning in the cup as well, but they’ll be a different team this time.
“It’s not going to be a foregone conclusion and we’ll need to be at it.”