Suddolk derby looms large as Hadleigh United host Brantham Athletic

Hadleigh United manager Stuart Alston

Hadleigh United manager Stuart Alston - Credit: Archant

The big derby in the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division this weekend sees Hadleigh United host Brantham Athletic – the two sides both having their own targets between now and the end of the season.

The big derby in the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division this weekend sees Hadleigh United host Brantham Athletic – the two sides both having their own targets between now and the end of the season.

The visitors are eyeing a top-half finish, while hosts Hadleigh are in a serious relegation battle, but took a huge step towards safety last week, coming from behind to win at Ely, extending their unbeaten run to five games in the process.

The Brettsiders are now four points clear of 19th-placed Wivenhoe, but with an inferior goal difference.

Hadleigh manager Stuart Alston knows his side need to start winning games if they are to escape the drop, having drawn four games during that unbeaten run, while Wivenhoe have three games in hand on them.


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Leaders Mildenhall face a tricky encounter at Kirkley & Pakefield, the visitors looking to have put their blip in results behind them, having won the last four, scoring 14 times while conceding just once.

With the three sides below all them looking to take advantage, Mildenhall will be hoping to avoid any slip-ups.

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Another all-Suffolk clash sees Long Melford host a Walsham Le Willows side who are fresh from two huge wins that look to have taken them out of the relegation battle.

That isn’t the case with Melford, who have faced two of the top four in their last two fixtures, losing both, to leave them hovering just above the relegation slots, albeit with a six-point cushion over Wivenhoe.

Gorleston, starting in fourth place, could jump to second with a win, but will have their excellent home record tested by a Stanway Rovers side full of confidence after last week’s win over Felixstowe.

The hosts make their trip to the Seasiders on Tuesday, and will not want to go into that clash on the back of a defeat.

They have lost just once at Emerald Park and, with a plus-29 goal difference, on home soil should be confident of recording their 13th home win of the season.

Great Yarmouth host Godmanchester, while Thetford hosts an Ely City

Tonight, Haverhill host struggling Wivenhoe and Fakenham Town host basement side Swaffham.

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