Gorleston have plenty to fight for despite end of Premier League dream

Joel Watts goes for a bouncing ball during Gorleston's 2-1 defeat at Godmanchester. Picture: David H

Joel Watts goes for a bouncing ball during Gorleston's 2-1 defeat at Godmanchester. Picture: David Hardy - Credit: Archant

And then there were three.

The race for the Premier Division title is still on, although fourth-placed Gorleston have fallen by the wayside – and could be joined by Newmarket Town this afternoon.

Mildenhall lead the pack and need just seven points from their remaining four games to guarantee the title. If Newmarket lose at Wivenhoe today, they're out of it; if Felixstowe & Walton United lose at home to Godmanchester, they may need goal difference and a bucketload of luck to deny Mildenhall, without a game this weekend, the crown.

Gorleston's target is now second or third place – Felixstowe and Newmarket lead them by seven and three points respectively.

Ricci Butler's team will now turn their attentions to another Saturday away day and they will be hoping for a change of fortune after losing their last three on the road when they travel to Ipswich Wanderers.

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Wanderers are mid-table and, since losing at Emerald Park in January, have won three of their nine matches.

At The Wellesley there have been mixed emotions of the most contrasting style with Great Yarmouth Town mourning the sudden death of treasurer Brian Smith.

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A minute's silence was observed before the 1-1 draw at Walsham-le-Willows last Saturday as well as before the 4-0 midweek win at home to Wivenhoe.

The Bloaters head to Ely this weekend, sitting seventh in the table and with fifth spot a definite target.

Joint boss Adam Mason said: 'We have some key fixtures to come and we have a job to complete to finish a great season with a position which is worthy of the effort the players have put in.'

Thetford are fifth and can go no higher, but it has been an excellent season under Danny White, whose side travel to Saffron Walden today.

Kirkley & Pakefield are at Haverhill Rovers, Fakenham entertain Stanway Rovers and bottom side Swaffham are at Brantham Athletic.

In the First Division, Diss are at home to Wisbech St Mary, while King's Lynn Town's second string entertain Leiston. Downham Town travel to Whitton United and March Town United entertain Dereham Town Reserves.

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