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Wanderers face the stiffest of tests as league leaders Harleston roll into town

06 December, 2018 - 17:29
Gavin Flurrie, left and Ryan Noy in action. Flurrie has signed for Ipswich Wanderers.

Gavin Flurrie, left and Ryan Noy in action. Flurrie has signed for Ipswich Wanderers.

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Ipswich Wanderers joint boss Mark Goldfinch knows his side face a severe test on Saturday, as league leaders Harleston Town head to Humber Doucy Lane.

The Norfolk-based side, promoted from the Anglian Combination League last season, have lost just twice in their opening 19 Thurlow One league games.

They have already beaten Wanderers, in the KO Cup, back in October 1-0 at the Doucy.

But Goldfinch feels his side are better prepared now than then. And he is looking forward to the challenge.

“Yes, they beat us at our place, but I feel we have a better squad of players with us now,” he said.

“They will rightly be confident but I am also confident we will give them a good game.

“We are at home again and have turned a bit of a corner.”

Wanderers are unbeaten in their last three games in all competitions and ground out a creditable draw at March Town United last weekend.

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With new man Gavin Flurrie in their ranks, it has enabled centre-half Goldfinch to do less playing and more managing.

“Gavin is a bit older than me I think and he has brought great experience to our team, which is what we needed because we are a young side.

“This level of football is giving me the chance to learn my trade as a manager without too much pressure.

“There are plenty of young players in our team, many who are playing senior football for the first time and they are getting used to it now.

“We have a three-year plan and if we can finish in the top eight this season we will be pretty happy.

“We are stabilising ourselves at the moment.”

Wanderers are currently eighth in the table with games in hand on many of the teams above them.

Only the team that finishes top goes up to Step Five. But with some teams in Thurlow One not having floodlights (Harleston one of them), and reserve sides not able to go up, there is much up for grabs.

Elsewhere, AFC Sudbury and Leiston’s reserves team clash at King’s Marsh, while Felixstowe & Walton reserves will want to build on their fine win over Lakenheath last week – they travel to Cornard.

Needham Market Reserves make the long trek to King’s Lynn Reserves and Haverhill Borough are at Mulbarton.

Andy Warren looks ahead to Ipswich Town’s clash with Wigan Athletic this afternoon.

Every day in the run-up to Christmas, we’re counting down Ipswich Town’s greatest-ever players, culminating in the Blues’ best featuring on Christmas Day.

In this week’s Ipswich Town nostalgia, we look back to December 21, 2004, when Darren Bent took Ipswich to the top of the Championsip on Christmas Day, after beating Wigan 2-1 thanks to his 89th-minute winner at Portman Road.

Captain Luke Chambers wants his Ipswich Town future sorted sooner rather than later but knows the club’s precarious position means he may have to be patient.

Paul Lambert believes striker Ellis Harrison has something to offer his side as the Welshman works towards full fitness.

Callum Connolly expects to take on an Ipswich Town side ‘playing with freedom’ when he makes his return to Portman Road tomorrow afternoon.

Oxford United boss Karl Robinson wants to sign Ipswich Town loanee Jordan Graham as soon as the January transfer window opens.

Ipswich Town take on a Wigan Athletic side including a number of familiar faces tomorrow. ANDY WARREN takes a look.

Ipswich Town’s East Anglian Derby visit to Norwich City will be shown live on Sky Sports.

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