Framlingham Town looking to inspire the next generation during Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division game against Great Yarmouth Town
With beating relegation now looking a distant dream, Liam Abraham is hoping his Framlingham Town side can put on a show to inspire their next generation in a pay-what-you-want game with Great Yarmouth Town.
Tomorrow’s encounter at Badingham Road (3pm) could have been a key do-or-die basement battle for the Castlemen in the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division if results for both sides had gone a little differently in recent weeks.
But Framlingham’s 3-1 defeat at fellow bottom third side Hadleigh United on Saturday, coupled with Great Yarmouth’s impressive 5-2 victory at high-fliers Walsham-le-Willows, has left the sides 10 points apart with eight games to go.
While it is still a big game for their visitors, currently only in the last safe spot on goal difference from Long Melford, bottom-of-the-table Fram look to be merely preparing for a quick return to Step 6.
“We are certainly looking at next year,” admitted Abraham. “We have lots of young players around; lots who are local as well. We are looking to keep the squad we have got and add a couple.
“It is probably just about beyond us at the moment. It is difficult. It would have been an uphill battle anyway but after today’s result it makes that even harder.”
But he is hoping a pay-what-you-want initiative, coupled with a club youth day, can raise a big crowd this weekend. And he’d love for his side to reward them with a positive display to show what they are capable of.
Asked whether it was about restoring some pride, he said: “Yes, one hundred per cent. There is a bit of pressure off generally.
“It is just about performances and how we play. We have got a pay-what-you-want day, so it is an open gate. We have got every youth team at the club; 14 squads coming up to watch and we want to try and pack the ground. It should be enjoyable.
“We will try and play some football in the right way as we will have all our next generation up there.”
After being without three usual starters for Saturday’s game at Hadleigh, Abraham revealed he is hoping to have Johnny Kerridge (knee) back for the visit of Yarmouth after a month out and is hopeful of Alex Ling and Jake Seaber also being fit. But Cyrus Thorpe (hamstring) is set for a spell on the sidelines.