Suffolk Groundhoppers get the chance to watch three games in eight hours tomorrow as Woodbridge Town, Ipswich Wanderers, and Brantham Athletic host Stowmarket Town, Kirkley & Pakefield, and FC Clacton in another fantastic weekend for non-league football.
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Following on from tonight’s mouth-watering encounter between Thurlow Nunn Premier Division big-boys Felixstowe & Walton and Hadleigh United, there are also three other ties for Suffolk groundhoppers to look forward to on Saturday.
At 11.55am, Thurlow Nunn First Division pair Woodbridge Town and Stowmarket Town meet at the Woodpecker’s Notcutts Park, while later in the day Ipswich Wanderers host Kirkley & Pakefield (3pm ko), and Brantham Athletic welcome FC Clacton (6pm ko).
With Ipswich Town not in action until Monday, it promises to be a fantastic chance for non-league and football fanatics to experience three games in little over eight hours.
After somewhat of a difficult start this campaign following relegation from the Premier Division last season, and the departure of former boss Lee Elliston in the summer, Woodbridge Town are now starting to find their feet in the second tier of Eastern Counties football under Jamie Scales.
The Woodpeckers currently sit 15th in the table following an unsettled pre-season that crept into their opening league games, but they can draw confidence from recent improved performances against current table-toppers Debenham LC, March Town United, as well as a convincing 2-0 win over Needham Market reserves last time out.
Opponents Stowmarket, despite their disappointing 2-0 defeat to Great Yarmouth Town last Saturday, are flying high in the table as things stand following a summer of recruitment.
Rick Andrews’ men sit in third position at present, with a host of summer signings in Tom Bradlaugh, James Attwood, Chris Gray, and Josh Cheetham all playing their part in Stow’s success.
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These sides met just three weeks ago in the league – a 4-1 triumph for Stow, so Scales and co will hope to gain some revenge on Andrews this time around.
Moving on from Woodbridge, you can venture just 5.6 miles down the road to Ipswich Wanderers’ Humber Doucy Lane, who play host to Kirley & Pakefield.
Both teams who like to get the ball down and play, this game promises to be an absolute cracker.
Fresh from their near-magnificent comeback against Ryman Premier Division outfit Wingate & Finchley on Wednesday evening in an FA Cup First Qualifying Round replay, Wanderers will go into the game full of belief and confidence after pushing a much higher-ranked team all the way over 180 minutes of pulsating football.
Glenn Read’s men looked dead and buried at the break on Wednesday as they went into the interval trailing by three goals to nil.
However, a storming second-half comeback which saw Craig Jennings, Ross Myhill, and Jack Severy all score, left favourites Wingate sweating for their place in the next round – but the London-based club just about held on to their slim advantage, triumphing 4-3 in a breathtaking encounter.
Jamie Godbold’s Kirkley have won three and lost three of their league games so far, but are a dangerous team who love to play.
And if that wasn’t enough, you can also watch Brantham, situated right on the Suffolk-Essex border, play host to FC Clacton at 6pm to finish a fantastic football day.
All three encounters promise to be eagerly-fought games so why not get on your hopper and hop your way through the county on another day highlighting the benefits of non-league football?