Gorleston know destination of title is in their own hands

Gorleston have only lost two league games all season. Photo: David Hardy.

Gorleston have only lost two league games all season. Photo: David Hardy. - Credit: Archant

The ball is firmly in Gorleston's court as they continue their quest for a first Eastern Counties League crown since 1980.

The Greens came close in 2013 and 2014, only to fall short, but are now in a position to end a long wait for the Premier Division crown.

Ricci Butler and his team continued to go about their business while Mildenhall set off on a one-horse race for the title.The Greens never allowed the pressure of the chase get to them – they have still lost just twice this season – but in recent weeks have seen light at the end of the tunnel, with Mildenhall dropping points.

Mildenhall remain top but, crucially, fourth-placed Gorleston, while 10 points behind, havefive games in hand.

The two teams sandwich Felixstowe & Walton United and third-placed Newmarket Town, but Gorleston again have a huge games-in-hand advantage.

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The key for Butler and Co is to carry on winning – and Gorleston face another busy period with seven games in the space of 22 days, beginning with three matches in six days.

That spell starts today with a trip to Ely City.

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Although just five points off the bottom three, Ely are in decent form. Since they were knocked out of the FA Vase they have gained seven points from 12.

On Tuesday Gorleston are in action at Emerald Park in the League Cup semi-final against Newmarket Town (7.45pm) when they have a chance to avenge the 8-2 defeat of six weeks ago.

Finally, Friday night football comes to Emerald Park when Kirkley & Pakefield, who host Wivenhoe today, visit on March 3 (7.45pm).

Sixth-placed Great Yarmouth Town are also going great guns – they travel to Haverhill Rovers, having beaten Brantham 2-1 last weekend.

Joint-manager Martin Sinclair said: 'We have had to work hard against very good opponents, but we are now showing some real character to pick up back-to-back wins against two very good sides.We are well-placed but have a few tough games between now and the end of season and if we continue to improve we should finish strongly.'

Elsewhere, Fakenham visit Newmarket while Thetford and Swaffham host FC Clacton and Stanway respective.

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