Thurlow Nunn League: Diss aim to boost survival hopes as Norwich United continue title chase

Fakenham Town's Ashley Jarvis scored the only goal of the game, from the penalty spot. Picture: Ian

Fakenham Town's Ashley Jarvis scored the only goal of the game, from the penalty spot. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

Hopes of avoiding relegation could take another big boost for Diss Town this afternoon.

The Tangerines extended their unbeaten run to six matches when they won their first league match of Mark Reeve's reign last week, winning 2-0 at home against Wivenhoe Town.

That victory lifted Diss off the bottom of the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division table but they are still five points adrift of the next team, FC Clacton, who also have six games in hand on Reeve's side.

They travel to Suffolk today to face AFC Brantham who are three places and nine points better off in the standings, looking to drag another team into the relegation battle.

Thetford Town are still keeping a safe distance from that scrap but could certainly do with a win against seventh-placed Stanway to maintain that distance.

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The Brecklanders have lost two consecutive league matches but are still well within reach of climbing into the top half of the table before the end of the season.

Gorleston are also at home and could do Diss a favour by beating bottom-of-the-table Ely City.

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The Greens will be looking to bounce back from a 4-2 defeat at league leaders Norwich United last weekend but will also have to be careful, as they surprisingly lost 2-1 at lowly Ely in October.

In-form Norwich have won 20 of their last 21 games and are preparing for a trip to Berkshire next weekend when they will face Ascot United in the fifth round of the FA Vase.

They must first keep their focus on winning at struggling Whitton United to maintain their eight-point lead but it is events elsewhere which could help benefit their title prospects.

The Planters' nearest title challengers, Godmanchester Rovers, host third-placed Newmarket after being held 1-1 at managerless Kirkley & Pakefield last Saturday.

Despite the recent exit of managerial team Jamie Godbold and Andy Reynolds to AFC Sudbury, the Royals travel to Haverhill Rovers with a four-match unbeaten run to protect.

Fakenham got back to winning ways with a 1-0 home win against Clacton but face a tough trip to fourth-placed Felixstowe today.

In the First Division, Swaffham Town have a good opportunity to keep their promotion challenge on track.

The Pedlars have seen their season disrupted by postponements and would be well in the hunt for the title if they win their games in hand on the teams above them.

Paul Hunt's team won 8-2 at Stowmarket Town last Saturday and will hope for another victory away at struggling Cornard United today.

Great Yarmouth are just a point behind Swaffham ahead of their trip to lowly Needham Market Reserves and will travel with plenty of confidence.

Ricci Butler's team made it three wins in a row with a 3-2 home win against Cornard and could still force their way into the promotion battle.


Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division: Brantham Athletic v Diss Town, FC Clacton v Ipswich Wanderers, Felixstowe & Walton United v Fakenham Town, Godmanchester Rovers v Newmarket Town, Gorleston v Ely City, Haverhill Rovers v Kirkley & Pakefield, Mildenhall Town v Walsham le Willows, Thetford Town v Stanway Rovers, Whitton United v Norwich United, Wivenhoe Town v Hadleigh United

First Division: AFC Sudbury Res v Team Bury, Cornard United v Swaffham Town, Debenham LC v Saffron Walden Town, Kings Lynn Town Res v Braintree Town Res, Long Melford v Downham Town, March Town United v Leiston Res, Needham Market Res v Great Yarmouth Town, Woodbridge Town v Halstead Town

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