Great escape is still on for Acle

Acle's attempt at a great escape can gather momentum tomorrow if they manage to beat the team directly above them at the bottom, Brooke.Having stunned promotion-chasing North Runcton last Saturday, Acle are now just six points behind Brooke - although a further 43 points separates the bottom two and safety.

Acle's attempt at a great escape can gather momentum tomorrow if they manage to beat the team directly above them at the bottom, Brooke.

Having stunned promotion-chasing North Runcton last Saturday, Acle are now just six points behind Brooke - although a further 43 points separates the bottom two and safety. But Acle's remaining games are all against sides in the bottom five and a remarkable scramble to safety is not out of the question.

At the top, Norwich & Coltishall Wanderers are gunning for at least the runners-up spot, which would make them eligible for the EAPL play-offs and tomorrow they meet Old Buckenham at Barton Turf.

Last Saturday, Wanderers beat runaway leaders Downham, who have opted out of promotion, to close the gap at the top to 35 points.


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Downham are at home to Beccles tomorrow, while third-placed Runcton visit Cromer.

In Division One, Lowestoft could all but seal their promotion tomorrow if they win at home to third-placed Norwich. Peter Sims' side hold a commanding 45-point lead over Mattishall, in second and only a dramatic loss of form can stop them taking their place in the Premier Division next year.

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Mattishall are on course for back to back promotions after winning Division Two last season, although that could be scuppered if Fakenham drop down to the Alliance from the EAPL and are not replaced by an Alliance side, as only one team would then be promoted from each division. Mattishall are at home to Diss tomorrow.

There is a fascinating clash at the bottom, as Saham Toney, currently in the relegation zone, host Stow, who are 16 points above them.

In Division Two, Bradfield and Bradenham are in the promotion places after the two clubs fought out a draw last weekend. Bradenham are at home to struggling Garboldisham tomorrow, while Bradfield travel to a resurgent North Runcton A. Dereham have slipped out of the frame after a poor run of results and they will look to rectify that tomorrow at Hunstanton.

Division Three is the closest title race in the Alliance, as top club Sheringham are four points clear of Mundford.

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