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Slim pickings for Norfolk sides in Thurlow Nunn Premier

PUBLISHED: 11:11 05 January 2018 | UPDATED: 11:11 05 January 2018

Action from Gorleston's defeat to leaders Felixstowe. Picture: STAN BASTON.

Action from Gorleston's defeat to leaders Felixstowe. Picture: STAN BASTON.

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Wroxham and Thetford Town will be looking to fly the Norfolk flag in the Premier Division this afternoon.

The Premier Division table doesn’t make good reading for the county’s representatives, with Wroxham the best-placed side, down in 10th.

Thetford are 12th in the table and face the team immediately above them, Stanway Rovers at Mundford Road this afternoon.

Danny White’s side go into the game on the back of a 6-0 win at bottom side Wivenhoe last weekend and will need to win big again if they are to make up the goal difference on their visitors.

Wroxham, meanwhile, head to Godmanchester Rovers on the back of three straight defeats.

Great Yarmouth Town will be aiming to keep their noses in front in a battle for local pride on the east coast.

The Bloaters moved a point ahead of Gorleston last Saturday when they beat visitors Ipswich Wanderers 2-0 while their neighbours were going down 3-2 at leaders Felixstowe & Walton.

The coastal rivals are 17th and 18th respectively in the table, with the Greens having a game in hand, and will be spurred on by a desire for bragging rights as well as a position outside the relegation places over the second half of the campaign.

Great Yarmouth hit the road to take on sixth-placed Ely City while Gorleston visit FC Clacton in one of four away matches in January.

Joint Bloaters’ manager Adam Mason is hoping his side can build on a promising display last weekend.

“That was our most complete performance of the season,” he said. “We had key midfield players missing and Howell and Andersen did a great job for us. The two 17-year-old full backs, Ford and Urry, and our 17-year-old wonder-sub (Hagan) were all excellent and contributed to a fine team performance against a team that beat Felixstowe on Boxing Day.

“We could and should have scored more but taking seven points from nine over Christmas has given us a massive boost.”

Fakenham Town have a trip to Haverhill Rovers while Kirkley & Pakefield face Wivenhoe. In the First Division, leaders Swaffham are at Needham Market.

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