Table-toppers facing two tough contests

BRANTHAM Athletic find themselves three points clear at the top of the Senior Division of the Metaltec SIL after last week's results went their way.But they face two tough matches over the next five days - with Melton St Audry's waiting in the wings for any slip-ups.

Elvin King

BRANTHAM Athletic find themselves three points clear at the top of the Senior Division of the Metaltec SIL after last week's results went their way.

But they face two tough matches over the next five days - with Melton St Audry's waiting in the wings for any slip-ups.

Brantham visit Ransomes Sports tomorrow - a team that held them to a 2-2 draw in the corresponding game earlier this season - and on Tuesday Tony Hall's team travel to Capel Plough.


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Barry Felgate, the Brantham press officer, said: “There are two difficult matches coming up - and they could go a long way to deciding the championship.”

Tomorrow's match has extra spice as Ransomes boss Peter Gorham is a former Brantham manager while goalkeeper Guy Clubb was allowed to leave Brantham last close season and may have a point to prove.

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Brantham play St Audry's on Tuesday, April 29, and the Saints will be looking to beat Stowupland tomorrow to keep in the chase, which has now become a two-horse race.

Brantham's win over BT Trimley last Saturday confirmed that their opponents will join Haughley in the First Division next season.

Capel will overtake Grundisburgh for third place if they win their game in hand, but they have no easy task tomorrow when they travel to Whitton to play Crane Sports.

Woodbridge Athletic's 2-1 win at Thurston last weekend confirmed the Omnico Cup finalist's promotion back to senior football after an absence of four seasons. St Johns will go up with them from Division One if they can gain one more win from their remaining two matches - away to Willis and Stanton.

Sproughton Sports have been relegated from Division Three after losing 5-1 to league leaders Parkside, while Meadlands have lost their Division Four status following a 4-0 defeat at Ufford Sports.

Woolverstone United - along with Coddenham Reserves - have completed their league fixtures, but have to wait and see if Trimley Red Devils win their remaining three matches to pip them for the Division Four title.

In Division Five, Saxmundham Sports Reserves' 2-2 home draw with relegation-threatened St Clements Hospital Reserves was enough to secure a second promotion in their second season in the SIL.

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