Top teams continue to drop points as Thurlow Nunn title race hots up

Mildenhall manager Dean Greygoose looks on. His team have slipped a bit in recent weeks.

Mildenhall manager Dean Greygoose looks on. His team have slipped a bit in recent weeks. - Credit: Mark Bullimore

This weekend, leaders Mildenhall face a tricky test against a Great Yarmouth side sitting in sixth place who have been unpredictable on home soil this season, the wide open spaces of the Wellesley could well suit the visitors as they look to end their mini crisis that has seen them take just seven points from their six games played since the turn of the year.

Newmarket host a Godmanchester side whose mini revival after a bad start to the season seems to have faltered in recent weeks, they will find the Jockeys in confident mood on their artificial surface as they look to extend the winning run to four games and keep their title ambitions very much alive.

Gorleston, after an 18-game unbeaten start to the season have now lost two of their last five and suffered a midweek blow at Long Melford where they lost 1-0. They are still favourites for one of the top two spots and should find their trip to struggling FC Clacton a comfortable three points, although the Essex Seasiders have strengthened their squad in the last couple of weeks.

Brantham face a difficult away trip to a Stanway side looking to get back on track after seeing their title challenge derailed in recent weeks, having played just one game in the last month Brantham are short of match practice too, and may find the going tough here as they look for their first win in 2017.

Ipswich Wanderers travel to Kirkley & Pakefield looking to reproduce some of their home form away from Humber Doucy Lane. Their hosts started the season well but have lost their way recently and Wanderers now sit above them in the table in eighth place and could go higher if other results go their way.

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Hadleigh United travel to Saffron Walden who will be buoyant after beating the division’s top and bottom sides in the last week. Hadleigh hover just above the relegation zone but have a six-point cushion, a game in hand and a much better goal difference than the two below them, they have also picked up four points from their last two away days but will have to be at their best to pick up anything here.

Walsham travel to Wivenhoe starting the day on the same points as their hosts but with an inferior goal difference although they have a game in hand. The Willows go into this game with just one defeat in their last six games and Paul Smith’s side will be confident of leapfrogging their hosts who have won just one of their last six.

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