Woodbridge Town and King’s Lynn go head-to-head at the top of Thurlow Nunn Division One

Taylor Southgate, in action for Woodbridge in the FA Vase defeat at Enfield Borough recently. Southg

Taylor Southgate, in action for Woodbridge in the FA Vase defeat at Enfield Borough recently. Southgate is one of a crop of young players who have come through the 'Peckers' youth ranks. Photo: PAUL LEECH - Credit: Archant

Woodbridge Town went back to the top-of-the-table in Thurlow One this week and tomorrow host the team they replaced – King’s Lynn Reserves.

It’s a mouth-watering fixture for both sides as Jamie Scales’ team look to keep up their unbeaten run in the division.

And, having come through a thoroughly entertaining seven-goal 4-3 win over Braintree Reserves on Wednesday night, Scales knows his side enter the clash in good spirits.

“We are full of confidence and why not?” he said.

“The league has been our aim from day one and in some ways it was nice for us not to be top for a while as it takes a bit of pressure off. Not that it lasted long!


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“Braintree were excellent I thought on Wednesday night.

“Their front three gave us problems and they have players in that squad who I would think are seriously challenging for first-team positions at Braintree – in other words exactly what reserve teams should be all about.

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“Now the top-two go head to head!”

Scales and assistant Glen Snell have done well at Notcutts, only tinkering with a squad that finished last season in fourth place.

They were favourites before the start of the season to claim their place back in the Premier division, but Scales has never been bothered by the hype.

“It was everyone else’s expectations about us getting promoted, not ourselves,” he said.

“We believe in the team. We finished second bottom three years ago, then ninth, fourth last season. That’s progression for us with our own players, not bringing in a host of new players.

“This has been virtually the same squad for two seasons now.”

However, Scales was left slightly concerned the Woodpeckers didn’t manage the game well enough against Braintree.

“We were 3-1 up and really we should have put it to bed,” he said.

“We don’t want to be in those type of positions in March and not handle it properly.”

Also in Thurlow One tomorrow, Needham Market Reserves entertain Framlingham, while Debenham travel to Halstead.

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