Ipswich will start as favourites against Beccles

IPSWICH will be looking to recreate the spirit shown in last week’s hard-fought 13-10 victory over Harlow when they travel to Beccles tomorrow.

The win in the Suffolk mud delighted head coach Aaron Brown and left the side with a perfect symmetry to their London 2 North East form - won eight and lost eight thus far.

Fourth bottom Beccles, who have serious relegation fears, stand in Ipswich’s way of winning more than they have lost.

In the same division, struggling Sudbury, currently a place below Beccles, will be cheering on Ipswich as much as hoping to grab a much-needed, though unlikely, victory at home to Braintree in something of a cross-border local derby.

But with just two league defeats to their name all season, Braintree will start as red-hot favourites over the Suffolk side who know they are very much in the relegation mire. Chelmsford will be hoping to keep their fantastic unbeaten run going when Romford & Gidea Park visit.

In Eastern Counties 1, Stowmarket have endured a sticky patch, losing to title rivals West Norfolk and also losing points following the withdrawal of first Fakenham and then Haverhill & District.

But they should pick up another win when Harwich & Dovercourt visit with four places - but 30 points - separating the two sides.

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Elsewhere in the division, second bottom Woodbridge will be looking for only their third win of the league season when they travel to the coast to meet fifth place Southwold.

Rock bottom Thurston, with no wins from their 14 games in the reshaped league, have one of their best chances of finally picking up points when they travel to Crusaders, a side just two places above the West Suffolk boys.

There is another Suffolk v Essex clash tomorrow in London 1 North when promotion rivals Bury St Edmunds and Colchester clash in one of the games of the day.

Bury, in sixth, know that the games are running out and will be pushing hard for victory over their third placed opponents.

Diss, near certainties for relegation in National League 3 London and South East, host second bottom North Walsham while Newmarket will be looking to improve their stuttering form in London 3 North East when they play host to Bancroft and Mersea Island are home to South Woodham Ferrers.

In Essex League 1, there is a decent-looking local derby between Brightlingsea and Clacton.

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