Suffolk and Essex preview: Where you will be watching your football this weekend

Lowestoft Town's Jack Ainsley

Lowestoft Town's Jack Ainsley - Credit: James Bass

Vanarama South side Chelmsford City, who gained revenge for their 5-1 Boxing Day home defeat to Ebbsfleet with a 2-0 win in Kent on New Year’s Day, are at home to struggling Farnborough today.

Mark Hawkes’ Clarets, who sit seventh in the division are just a point off the play-off places.

In Ryman Premier, Leiston travel to Peacehaven & Telscombe, three points shy of fifth-top Met Police.

Witham Town, struggling at the wrong end of the division could move four points clear of the drop-zone with a home victory against third-bottom Harrow Borough today.

In Ryman North today, two in-form teams go head-to-head at Scraley Road.

Hosts Heybridge Swifts, unbeaten in three games under new manager Cliff Akurang, face Brightlingsea Regent, who have won six of their last seven games and are seventh in the division, just two points off Aveley, who occupy the final play-off spot.

Maldon & Tiptree, meanwhile, are away at Romford.

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n Tomorrow, Braintree Town could jump a couple of places to 13th in the Vanarama Premier table with a win at Chester.

Iron go into the game buoyed with three wins from their last four games, the latest being the 3-0 home win against Dartford on Thursday.

Elsewhere tomorrow, Lowestoft Town make the gruelling journey to west Lancashire as they visit league leaders AFC Fylde.

Shaun Bammant scored the only goal of the game in the corresponding clash, back in August.

Jack Ainsley rescued a point for the Trawlerboys with a penalty in their 1-1 home clash with ten-man Boston on New Years Day, five minutes after the Pilgrims’ Rene Steer had been sent off for the visitors for kicking during a brawl.

“It all started because we got a free-kick and one of them ran over and kicked the ball away, kicked it out of play, so it was a bit of handbags at dawn which then escalated,” Lowestoft director of football, Craig Fleming said.

“But the lad that got sent off, I’m not sure who was on the floor, but he’s had three or four kicks at him.

“Kicking people when they’re on the floor, I’ve never seen that on a football pitch before. I’ve seen punches thrown but not kicking someone on the floor, that’s just ridiculous. He knew, it was just ridiculous, cowardly.”

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