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Thurlow Nunn Premier preview: Brantham and Stowmarket do battle in game of the week

Stowmarket boss Rick Andrews watches on saw his team upset by Kirkley last week. Picture: RICHARD MARSHAM

Stowmarket boss Rick Andrews watches on saw his team upset by Kirkley last week. Picture: RICHARD MARSHAM

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Brantham Athletic and Stowmarket Town go head-to-head this weekend as they both look to hang on to Felixstowe & Walton United, who preserved their 19-point lead at the top of the table after the midweek round of fixtures, writes Phil Griffiths.

The home side start the day in third spot on 44 points, with the Old Gold and Blacks a point further back but with a game in hand.

Stow fell to a shock defeat last week losing 2-1 at home to Kirkley & Pakefield, while Brantham were held to a 1-1 draw at struggling Haverhill Borough.

Both know they are reaching a critical point of the season where another couple of defeats will see them drop out of the promotion race, leaving second place Coggeshall Town to mount a lone chase.

At the other end of the table, Ipswich Wanderers face a difficult trip to Kirkley & Pakefield, midweek winners at Stowmarket Town.

The Royals have lost just one of their last six league games and seem to have steadied the ship after a nervous start to the season.

They currently sit in 12th spot and have scored 42 goals in their 25 league games to date, while Wanderers have conceded 50 in their 23 league games.

Each game is a cup final for the new management team at Humber Doucy Lane, and this will be as big a game as they have had all season.

They are currently on a nine match losing run in the league and any result here will be a major boost for them.

Hadleigh United, who took Coggeshall to the wire in midweek, host an Ely side that have surged up the league and are currently on a six match winning run.

The Brettsiders will be hoping to end an indifferent couple of weeks that includes a 9-0 thrashing at Thetford last week, and will feel a point would be a good result against an in form side.

Walsham-le-Willows, fresh from their midweek league cup win over the league leaders, host Haverhill Borough at Summer Road and should be too strong for their visitors.

Ipswich Town legend Kevin Beattie believes a young up-and-coming manager is exactly what the club needs to get back on track.

It’s been a while since we sat down to talk about all things Ipswich Town – so we thought we’d get together to discuss the latest in the club’s search for a manager, other names in the frame and more.

Ipswich Town have announced their third pre-season friendly of the summer, with a match against Crawley Town confirmed for Tuesday, July 17.

Former Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy has once again signalled his intent to return to management, targetting a club in either the Premier League or Championship.

Ipswich Town will travel to Braintree Town for a pre-season friendly on Saturday, July 14.

Jack Ross and Paul Hurst remain leading contenders for the Ipswich Town managerial vacancy – but the search for a new boss is not yet a two-horse race.

Young goalkeeper Michael Crowe has not been offered a new contract by Ipswich Town.

Ipswich Town fitness coach Andy Liddell will leave the club when his contract ends later this month.

We asked St Mirren fan David MacDonald, editor of the Black and White Army website, for his views on Jack Ross, as the odds tumble on him becoming the next Ipswich Town boss.

Former Ipswich Town loanee Cameron Carter-Vickers has signed a new contract with Tottenham Hotspur.

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