Thurlow Nunn Premier preview: Party time for champions Mildenhall

Dean Greygoose has led his Mildenhall side to the title

Dean Greygoose has led his Mildenhall side to the title

It will be party time at Recreation Way as Mildenhall celebrate their Thurlow Nunn Premier title winning season with relegated Wivenhoe providing the opposition.

The visitors saw any hopes of an extended stay in the Premier division dashed on Wednesday evening when they lost at home to Haverhill, leaving them five points adrift of safety, although they would have faced a mammoth task against the new champions.

While the demise of Wivenhoe after just one season back in the Premier Division will leave the Colchester based side wondering what might have been, there would have been a huge sigh of relief at Hadleigh, as that result meant they were safe with nothing riding on their game with Great Yarmouth other than pride.

Brantham Athletic host Haverhill Rovers, knowing that the worst they can finish is ninth, and the management team will be happy with that after taking over mid-season with the club languishing in the lower reaches of the table.

Ipswich Wanderers travel to Saffron Walden knowing a win could see them finish in the top ten, which would be a positive start to his managerial career for Stuart Wardley, but the home side have a good record at Catons Lane and will also be looking to dislodge Brantham from eighth place.

Walsham-le-Willows make the long journey to North Norfolk for their final game, but travel knowing their Premier Division status is safe, after pulling away from the danger zone in the last two months.

Maximum points would ensure they finish in 14th place and just one point would ensure they finish above their hosts.

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Gorleston, who had a tremendous unbeaten run through the first half of the season, saw their challenge for a top spot fade after Christmas.

They will finish in 4th place and will look to end on a high at Emerald Park as they host an Ely side who will be happy with their mid-table spot after being one of the favourites to make a quick return to Division One.

Long Melford travel the length of Suffolk to take on Kirkley & Pakefield, knowing their Premier Division status is secure thanks to a 2-0 win over relegated Swaffham that saw them reach the magical 40point mark last Saturday, and will fancy their chances against a home side that have taken just four points from a possible 21 on the run in.

It’s perhaps fitting that the two sides who prop up the Premier Division should go head to head in the final game of the season.

Swaffham need to win on home soil to save themselves from finishing in bottom spot while a point for FC Clacton would keep them off the bottom rung and above their hosts.

Godmanchester Rovers will be more than happy with their mid table finish after losing virtually all their first team squad just before the start of the season, but their visitors Stanway will consider it a disappointing season having dropped out of the title chase midway through the campaign after starting the season as one of the favourites to gain the promotion spot.

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