Thurlow Nunn round-up: Hadleigh United banking on home comforts

Hadleigh's Kyle Cassell (left)

Hadleigh's Kyle Cassell (left) - Credit: Archant

There are two all Suffolk match-ups tomorrow with Hadleigh United hosting Walsham-le-Willows and Ipswich Wanderers entertaining Long Melford respectively.

Hadleigh, with eight-goal top-scorer Kyle Cassell at their disposal, have made a disastrous start to the New Year, losing heavily in their two games to date – conceding 10 goals while scoring just one.

Both defeats were away from the Millfield so they will be pleased to be back at home, having scored six themselves in their final match of 2016.

Walsham won two of their three Christmas games, but more importantly those victories were against sides in the bottom three.

Wanderers, meanwhile, picked up a useful point at Fakenham last week, having recently toppled leaders Mildenhall Town at home.

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They host a 19th-placed Long Melford side, with just one victory from their last eight games.

Brantham face a tricky test at Thetford and their new management team of Michael Brothers and Matt Carmichael will need to have their side well-organised against a club with just one defeat in their last seven games.

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Athletic have lost just one of their last six and picked up a credible draw last week when their new management team were in the dugout for the first time, sharing the points with Newmarket.

With Mildenhall having the day off, Newmarket host unbeaten Gorleston in what must be the game of the day in the Premier Division.

In pursuit of the leaders, both are 20 points adrift but have games in hand, albeit the Jockeys will use up their single game with this fixture, making it a must-win match for both.

Gorleston have six games in hand and winning them would put them just two points behind the leaders.

Kirkley & Pakefield start the day in sixth and this is a must-win game for them as they host second-top Stanway.

They start the day five points adrift of the top five and anything other than a win will see them start to be cut adrift of the top spots.

It’s also a must-win game for Stanway, having played more games than all those around them.

Haverhill, without a league win since November have slipped down the table while their hosts, Godmanchester, have been going in the opposite direction.

Haverhill will be hoping to end a winless run stretching back six games to November but may find the going tough against a side that seem to be improving all the time.

n In Division One, eighth-top Woodbridge Town travel to Haverhill Borough, in fourth, while Framlingham go to King’s Lynn Town.

Elsewhere, Stowmarket Town are at home to Team Bury, Debenham go to Braintree and Leiston are at Halstead.

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