Brantham face Stowmarket in Thurlow Nunn game of the week

Stowmarket Town boss Rick Andrews. Picture: RICHARD MARSHAM

Stowmarket Town boss Rick Andrews. Picture: RICHARD MARSHAM

No doubt about the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division game of the week, with fifth-placed Brantham travelling to fourth-placed Stowmarket in what is a ‘must win’ game for both sides, writes Phil Griffiths.

Histon’s midweek win at Godmanchester saw them climb above the Old Gold and Blacks into third spot, and Rick Andrews’ side, with two games in hand, will be looking to quickly regain third place with Histon facing a tricky test at Kirkley & Pakefield.

Brantham could move to within a point of their hosts with a win, and they won’t need any motivating for this fixture.

Stow’ won the reverse fixture back in December and on current form will start favourites in this game, but their visitors have won away at all of the top three’s grounds this season, albeit it was a cup victory at the Goldstar Ground.

There is another six-pointer at the other end of the table, with Hadleigh United in 21st place travelling across the county to take on Haverhill Borough, who sit one place and three points above the Brettsiders.

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Shane Wardley’s side will be buoyed by their midweek win over Saffron Walden, but Borough also collected three points against the same opposition last Friday night.

Haverhill’s home record isn’t great, but back-to-back wins from the last two games will make them favourites to make it three in a row here.

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