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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.

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