Busy week for Ryman and Thurlow Nunn clubs as Lowestoft, Leiston, Bury, Needham Market, AFC Sudbury, Felixstowe & Walton, Woodbridge, Whitton, and Ipswich Wanderers all in action.

Felixstowe & Walton celebrate their Premier Cup semi-final triumph last week, they have a Red Insure

Felixstowe & Walton celebrate their Premier Cup semi-final triumph last week, they have a Red Insure Cup semi-final to look forward to tomorrow evening. - Credit: cont

There is a full set of fixtures this week as teams from across the Ryman and Thurlow Nunn Leagues play catch-up after a rain-heavy January and February, which has led to a host of fixture congestions.

Lowestoft Town, who continue to hunt down the Ryman Premier play-off places following a fine run of recent form, travel to Hendon tonight, where a win could lift them into the top five positions.

The Trawlerboys are unbeaten in their last six outings, and a brace each from Robert Eagle and Jake Reed in the 4-0 away win to Cray Wanderers on Saturday has put them on the right track for a play-off place.

Having beaten third-placed Maidstone United 1-0 on Saturday, Leiston still have slim hopes of making the Ryman Premier play-off places.

Gareth Heath’s penalty sent the Blues to within nine points of the top five, and Steve Ball’s men have the perfect opportunity to narrow that gap further as they host second-bottom Carshalton Athletic tomorrow.

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Bury Town’s Ryman Premier play-off challenge seems to have taken several steps backwards of late as they now sit in 12th, smack bang in mid-table. The Blues disappointingly lost 1-0 at home to Billericay Town on Saturday, and must bounce back on their travels to Hampton & Richmond Borough tomorrow evening to keep their fading play-off ambitions alive.

Two defeats on the bounce for AFC Sudbury has pegged back their recent progress in the Ryman North of late, but this week promises to be a big one for the club.

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Tomorrow evening, they host third-placed Harlow Town in a massive game in league duties, while on Thursday, they travel to Ware for a Robert Dyas League Cup semi-final tie.

Fellow Ryman North outfit Needham Market have also suffered recent disappointing back-to-back defeats, and will look to bounce back and keep tabs with the play-off places with two mid-week wins.

After Thurlow Nunn outfit Felixstowe & Walton surprised them by knocking them out of the Suffolk FA Premier Cup last Wednesday, Needham suffered somewhat of a cup hangover after losing 2-1 at home to Cheshunt on Saturday.

Needham now host Soham Town Rangers (Tuesday evening) and Thurrock (Thursday evening) as their continued battle for a place in the play-offs continues.

Indeed, last Wednesday’s Premier Cup triumph may have had implications for victors Felixstowe as the Seasiders succumbed to a 3-1 defeat to fellow Thurlow Nunn Premier Division high-flyers Brightlingsea Regent on Saturday.

The result kept Felixstowe in second place for now, but rivals Regent are now just two points behind the Seasiders, and still have six games in hand.

In a massive seven days for the club, Felixstowe host Brantham Athletic, a side they beat 6-0 in recent league duties, tomorrow night in a Red Insure Cup semi-final tie.

If Felixstowe can win, they will face a Newmarket Town side in the final, who edged past Ely City on penalties in the other semi-final last week.

Brantham will be eager to make up for their recent humiliation though and will do their upmost to make sure they’re the team playing the Jockeys in the final.

Woodbridge Town are also in action this week as they welcome Thetford to Notcutts Park on Wednesday in a big game at the bottom of the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division.

Woodpeckers boss Lee Elliston has steadied the ship at Woodbridge since his arrival, and the Suffolk side claimed an invaluable three points against Kirkley & Pakefield on Saturday, where they won 3-2.

Thurlow Nunn First Division pair Ipswich Wanderers and Whitton are also in action tomorrow evening as they play Saffron Walden Town and Debenham LC respectively.

Whitton maintained their place at the top of the league with a hard-fought 2-1 win over strugglers Downham Town at the weekend, while Wanderers promotion hopes were dealt a blow as they fell to a 4-1 home defeat against Great Yarmouth Town.

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