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Framlingham Town boss Liam Abraham says they are 'in a good place' to repeat play-off finish



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Framlingham Town made the Thurlow Nunn League First Division North play-offs last term – and boss Liam Abraham is keen to at least repeat that feat in 2022/23.

Aside from the promoted duo of Sheringham and Harleston Town, no team picked up more points than Abraham’s charges between January and the campaign’s conclusion.

Ultimately their promotion hopes were ended in the semi-finals by Harleston, yet all in all it was a positive campaign, particularly after an inconsistent opening few months.

Liam Abraham is looking for more of the same from his Framlingham Town players during 2022/23 Picture: Mark Bullimore
Liam Abraham is looking for more of the same from his Framlingham Town players during 2022/23 Picture: Mark Bullimore

Looking ahead to the forthcoming season, Abraham said: “Last year was chalk and cheese. We struggled for player availability and with injuries before Christmas.

“I know every squad gets them but we had a lot.

“But once we got going we showed what we were really about and it’s just a shame we didn’t find our form a month or so earlier because we’d have finished even higher.

Owen French, in action for previous club Diss Town, is one of the new signings at beaten play-off semi-finalists Framlingham Town Picture: Mark Bullimore
Owen French, in action for previous club Diss Town, is one of the new signings at beaten play-off semi-finalists Framlingham Town Picture: Mark Bullimore

“The aim is always to go at least one better from season to season.

“It will be a challenge because there is still a lot of good sides in the league but we should be looking at being in the play-offs again.

“We didn’t disgrace ourselves in the semi-final against a side that finished quite a lot of points ahead of us, so we feel like we’re in a good place.”

By his own admission, this afternoon's curtain-raiser at newly-promoted Heacham (3pm) is not an opening day fixture Abraham would have hand picked.

The newly-promoted hosts were beaten just three times and scored 97 goals on their way to being crowned Fosters Solicitors Anglian Combination Premier Division champions last season.

Abraham anticipates there being a ‘real buzz’ at Station Road and it will be down to his players to quash that.

“It’s going to be a tough one, especially with it being at their place,” he added.

“It’s the highest level they’ve played at and I’m sure there will be a real buzz around the whole place.

“As far as opening day games go it isn’t ideal but we shouldn’t fear anyone in this league.

“We’re at our best when we get on the ball and play so that’s what we’ll need to do. I’ve heard they’re quite physical so we’ll need to rise to that challenge as well.”

In terms of incomings, Abraham has added Nicky Shopov (Leiston Reserves), Dan Horton (Felixstowe & Walton United) and Owen French (Diss Town) to his ranks.

Danny Smith (broken leg), meanwhile, remains a long-term absentee.

* Debenham LC, who won 10 times last season to finish in 11th, begin their campaign this afternoon at Huntingdon Town (3pm).