Framlingham Town manager Liam Abraham not piling on pressure to bounce straight back up
Liam Abraham says the pressure will not be on his Framlingham Town side to bounce back up at the first attempt this season, writes Alex Moss.
The Castlemen’s first-ever campaign in the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division in 2018/19 saw them finish bottom of the pile, and with it relegation back down to Step 6.
It will be Fram’s first season playing in the now geographically split Thurlow Nunn League First Division North, which starts with a trip to Fakenham Town tomorrow (3pm).
“I don’t know too much about them,” Fram boss Abraham admitted. “They didn’t play in the (First) division the last time we were in it, so it will be something different for us. We’re looking to be competitive this season. We’ve just come down from the league above, so we don’t want to be anything else.
“There’s not lots of pressure on us to bounce straight back up. We’re working on a project on and off the pitch, we’re rebuilding and want to be competitive.”
Abraham took charge at Badingham Road last summer, following the departure of Mel Aldis, who had stepped down after guiding the club to promotion as runners-up in the First Division.
After losing their first six games in the Premier Division, Fram appeared to have found their feet at Step 5 with a four-game unbeaten streak, but a run of one win from their next 16 league outings left them 12 points adrift of safety with 12 games to go.
Wins over Long Melford, Great Yarmouth Town and FC Clacton followed in the final few months of the season, but it was not enough to earn them a second term in the Premier Division.
Despite the disappointment of last season, Abraham is feeling positive ahead of the new campaign, as the bulk of his 2018/19 squad have elected to stay with the club.
Prolific striker Danny Smith, who racked up 44 goals for Fram in their promotion-winning season in 2017/18, and captain James Mayhew are among those to have re-signed. The arrival of young goalkeeper Harry Lay-Fulcher also catches the eye, while young defender Cyrus Thorpe has made the step up to join Step 3 side Leiston.
“I’m really happy with the squad we’ve got together,” Abraham said.
Following this weekend’s trip to Fakenham, the Castlemen host Ipswich Wanderers on Tuesday night (7.45pm).
Fram were drawn away in the FA Cup but will now host Hackney Wick a week tomorrow.