Thurlow Nunn Premier preview: Stowmarket Town host Coggeshall Town in game of the week

Stowmarket boss Rick Andrews. Picture: RICH MARSHAM

Stowmarket boss Rick Andrews. Picture: RICH MARSHAM

The clash at Greens Meadow could have a significant say in where the sides finish this season, although nothing will be decided by this game.

Stowmarket, sitting in second spot, play host to third placed Coggeshall Town, with the visitors having five games in hand over the old goal and blacks, they trail by just five points with a far superior goal difference.

There is little room to manoeuvre for Rick Andrews’ side, who will gain a massive boost should his side take the three points, while defeat would open the door wider for the visitors to climb above them.

While it is a big game at the top end of the table, there is perhaps an even bigger one at the other end where troubled Ipswich Wanderers host Hadleigh United.

Wanderers parted company with manager Mark Benterman on Wednesday, and face a Hadleigh side managed by Shane Wardley, who started the season in the Ipswich Wanderers hot seat.

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Both lost in midweek in the Suffolk Premier Cup but the focus will be on league points with a home win putting Wanderers level with the visitors and possibly out of the relegation zone.

Brantham, starting the day in fourth place, travel to Ely City knowing a win will keep them hot on the heels of second placed Stowmarket, six points adrift but with three games in hand.

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The Robins have lost just once in their last five league games, and have a solid home record so far this season and will eye this game as a winnable fixture. Brantham will have similar thoughts having lost just one of their last twelve games.

Walsham-le-Willows host Wivenhoe Town, who sit bottom of the table having been on the end of some big defeats in recent weeks. Walsham themselves were victims of an 8-0 drubbing last week at Coggeshall and have the chance to get back to winning ways here and recapture some of their early season form.

In other games Newmarket face a difficult trip to FC Clacton, Haverhill Borough host Godmanchester while Haverhill Rovers are at Histon. Kirkley & Pakefield are at home to Saffron Walden.

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