Vowden relishing Wings challenge

ALL CHANGE: Colin Vowden who has replaced Dave Pinkowski as manager of Kershaw Premier League side Lakenheath.
ALL CHANGE: Colin Vowden who has replaced Dave Pinkowski as manager of Kershaw Premier League side Lakenheath.

FORMER Cambridge United centre-half Colin Vowden has been appointed as the new manager of Kershaw Premier League outfit Lakenheath following the surprise resignation of Dave Pinkowski.

The 40-year-old was handed the role until the end of the season after Pinkowski, and general manager at the club Tony Lyes, left the Wings Road club, who currently top the Kershaw Premier League.

It is believed former Mildenhall Town and Ely City manager Pinkowski left the side, which he guided to the Kershaw Premier title last campaign and the final of the Suffolk Senior Cup, to spend more time with his family.

“It is a shame that both Dave and Tony have decided to leave but at the same time I am quite excited about the challenge as it is my first managerial role,” said Vowden. “I have been taking the training sessions at the club for a while and have enjoyed doing that.”

Vowden’s first game in charge of the club is arguably their biggest of the season to date, against Whitton United in the quarter-finals of the Suffolk Senior Cup at the Nest — a repeat of last year’s final, which saw the Ridgeons League First Division side run out 1-0 winners.

Things are set to be made even tougher for the former Newmarket Town star who will be without the services of centre-forwards Aaron Turner and Steve Harley.

“What a first game to take charge of,” said Vowden. “It is a shame we are not quite at full strength as there is some unfinished business between the two sides. But the big plus is we have been drawn at home and are very strong there. Hopefully there will be a big crowd down there as I am sure they will bring a few fans along.”

Two days after taking on Whitton United, Lakenheath are set to take the field against Ryman League Division One North outfit Soham Town Rangers in the quarter-finals of the Cambs Invitation Cup at Julius Martin Lane.