Baptism of Fire For Newly-Formed Pirates

Pin Mill Pirates faced a baptism of fire in their first game after rising Phoenix-like from the ashes of a former triple-winning club.

The Pirates went down 3-0 at home to newly-promoted Pauls Athletic in their inaugural Premierdivision match in the Ipswich Sunday League.

Although no team likes to lose, joint player manager Tom Bellknows the initial season is going to be difficult.

“We want to win but this is our first season and we are in the Premier division so it is going to be tough," said the former AFC Chelmondiston triple title winner. "Pauls have been together for a few years now and were promoted last year.

“Our aim is to finish top four and do as well as we can in the cups, including the County Cup."

Pirates are next at home on Sunday, September 8 against Kitchener Taverners, 10.30am kick off, Chelmondiston playing field..

Pin Mill Pirates Set Sail On Voyage of Discovery

While the EFL have lost a club with Bury FC being expelled Suffolk non-league football has gained a new one with former players from the successful AFC Chelmondiston.

Pin Mill Pirates, so called for the players' desire to rehydrate at the Butt & Oyster close their home pitch at Chelmondiston playing fields.

Matt Barker, Josh Hunt, Cameron Fairweather and Tom Bell have pulled together mates from former clubs, including Copplestonians, Debenham and Tattingstone, to create the new team, which have gone straight into the Premier Division of the Ipswich Sunday League, and have attracted 30 players so far.

Matt secured a shirt sponsorship deal with Kesgrave Cars, while all the players have chipped in with subscriptions to help pay the initial set up costs.

Tom told Peninsula News:  "Most of us have played together since we were about 15, quite a few play Saturday football too, so we decided to get together again and play on Sundays.

"We didn’t want to use the name Chelmondiston at all because we wanted to start afresh, but we wanted to use this pitch as it had been unused for quite a while."

After winning the league and two cups, including the County cup, in 2017 Chelmondiston AFC folded after the manager and many players felt it had achieved its goal and it was the right time to let the club finish at the top.

Pin Mill Pirates will face couple of tasty encounters this season, with local rivals Holbrook Swan among their opponents.