Seasiders back to league business against struggling Fakenham Town
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The excitement of Tuesday’s Suffolk Premier Cup win over Stowmarket goes on the back burner as the Seasiders return to their main focus, the Premier Division title and the chance of promotion up the non-league ladder, writes Phil Griffiths.
They host Fakenham Town in a re-arranged fixture looking to extend their winning run in the league to eight games.
The visitors, who started the season disastrously with some major internal problems, losing their opening five games and scoring just once in that run, have started to pick up points in recent weeks, hauling themselves off the foot of the table to give themselves chance of Premier Division survival.
It could be a long haul for them, and they won’t consider this match as a target for a must win game.
They have scored just once in their seven away games to date, that goal coming in their only away win, at Gorleston three weeks ago.
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But they picked up a priceless draw at home to Kirkley & Pakefield on Tuesday evening, and caretaker manager Alex Walpole, clearly delighted with that result, will be looking for a similar performance on Saturday from his temporary charges.
Joint Seasiders managers Kevin O’Donnell and Ian Watson are clear in their priorities, taking any cup wins they can pick up as a bonus, but with the Premier Division title their target, they are well aware that games such as this are potential banana skins if they are not fully focused, and will no doubt be making that point forcibly in their pre-match talk.
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One of the major bonuses for the side this season has been the tremendous support they have had, with crowds averaging just under 400 per game, helping to make the Goldstar Ground a fortress.
They will be hoping to have leading scorer Miles Powell back and available for this game after missing the last three games with an ankle injury, but there is a doubt over goalkeeper Danny Crump, who pulled out of Tuesday’s game with a gashed knee.