Thurlow Nunn Premier preview: Top four sides could all be heading the table come Saturday night

Felixstowe's Joe Francis scores the winner against Kirkley & Pakefield on Tuesday night. The Seaside

Felixstowe's Joe Francis scores the winner against Kirkley & Pakefield on Tuesday night. The Seasiders entertain Histon this weekend. Photo: PAUL VOLLER - Credit: Archant

With the top four sides all involved with each other this weekend, it throws up the possibility of any one of the four heading the Premier Division table come Saturday evening, writes Phil Griffiths

Pick of the pack must be at the Goldstar ground, where Felixstowe & Walton host a Histon side who are looking for a quick return to step 4 football, following their relegation from the Southern League at the end of last season.

These two are the last unbeaten sides, with the Seasiders boasting a 100% record from their opening six games while the Stutes are unbeaten in eight, winning four and drawing four, so something has to give.

It has been a remarkable change of fortunes for Histon, who knocked Leeds United out of the FA Cup in 2008 before losing to Swansea City in the third round proper, and then just missing out on promotion to the Football League, losing in the semi-final of the National League play offs to Torquay United.

Since then, they have plummeted through the divisions, relegated to the Thurlow Nunn League at the end of last season having left as champions in 2000. That same season, the Seasiders finished rock bottom of the table as Felixstowe Port & Town, and changed their name to Felixstowe & Walton United following the merger of the two clubs, so this will be the first meeting under their current names.


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Histon beat Godmanchester on Bank Holiday Monday to head the table for 24 hours, before Coggeshall regained top spot on Tuesday following their win at Saffron Walden, while the Seasiders moved up into second, and above Histon, with their win over Kirkley & Pakefield.

With the international break and no Premiership or EFL games this weekend, the home side will be hoping for a bumper gate for the game, with attendances growing this season and almost 300 watching Tuesday’s night’s game in the rain.

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In the other big clash, fourth-placed Thetford host leaders Coggeshall Town, both won their midweek games by comfortable margins and go head to head with just two points separating the four vying for top spot.

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