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Hadleigh United desperate for victory at Ipswich Wanderers as they fight for Premier Division survival

PUBLISHED: 10:00 21 April 2017

Hadleigh manager Stuart Alston.

Hadleigh manager Stuart Alston.

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There is a massive game at Ipswich Wanderers tonight as Hadleigh United visit Humber Doucy Lane clinging on to their Premier Division status by a thread.

There is a massive game at Ipswich Wanderers tonight as Hadleigh United visit Humber Doucy Lane clinging on to their Premier Division status by a thread.

With two of the relegation places already settled, the third and final spot is between the Brettsiders, Long Melford and Wivenhoe, the latter having the advantage of a game in hand over their rivals.

Hadleigh make the short trip to Ipswich knowing this is a must-win game, but they will not find their hosts in a generous mood as they have their own agenda and want to finish in the top half of the table.

Tomorrow, Long Melford should have a big advantage when they host already-relegated Swaffham.

Melford need four points to guarantee survival but with the pressure off their visitors, they may find them a tough nut to crack, the Pedlars have picked up 11 points from a possible 18 in recent weeks.

Wivenhoe, with that game in hand, can make a big stride towards survival with a win against visitors Fakenham Town who have little to play for.

Should they win, the pressure would be very much on the two sides currently above them in the table, to make it a nervous last day next week.

Walsham Le Willows host Brantham Athletic without too much resting on the result for either side. Walsham, after a good run that pulled them away from the relegation zone, have slipped up in the last couple of games while Brantham, unbeaten in five, will have one eye on next season as they look to build a strong squad.

Champions-elect Mildenhall head to Stanway Rovers in what could be a difficult game to get themselves motivated for.

Stanway were very much in the title chase in the first half of the season but have slipped away since December while Mildenhall have ploughed a relentless trail to the top.

Basement club FC Clacton host a reinvigorated Godmanchester Rovers and could find the going tough against a visiting side that have won their last five.

Haverhill Rovers host Gorleston, both sides looking to get a season that promised so much – but in the end produced disappointment – out of the way, while Great Yarmouth entertain Saffron Walden.

Monday marks the 10th anniversary of Marcus Evans completing his takeover of Ipswich Town Football Club. Blues manager Mick McCarthy has today spoken openly about his working relationship with the owner.

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy is hoping that Teddy Bishop can fill the shoes of injured Emyr Huws during the second half of the season.

Ipswich Town winger Danny Rowe will be joining League Two side Lincoln City on loan for the second half of the season when the January transfer window opens.

Ipswich Town host Reading in a Championship match tomorrow afternoon (3pm).

Ipswich Town midfielder Emyr Huws has thanked Ipswich Town fans for their kind messages after the news that knee surgery has ended his season.

Ipswich Town host Jaap Stam’s Reading in a Championship match at Portman Road tomorrow (3pm). STUART WATSON previews the action.

Ipswich Town midfielder Cole Skuse says a top-six finish is very much in the players’ sights heading into the busy festive period.

Ipswich Town have been dealt a major blow with the news that midfielder Emyr Huws has been ruled out for the rest of the season following knee surgery.

‘The Interceptor’ – it’s a nickname Cole Skuse will happily take.

Ipswich Town midfielder Cole Skuse is the latest person to pay a glowing tribute to much-loved club stalwart Dick Parker.

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