Thurlow Nunn League: Gorleston aim to complete league double over leaders Norwich United

Matt Blake on the attack for Norwich United during their 4-0 home win against Gorleston in the Norfo

Matt Blake on the attack for Norwich United during their 4-0 home win against Gorleston in the Norfolk Senior Cup quarter-finals earlier this month. Picture: Steve Adams

Gorleston will look to pull off a shock double over Thurlow Nunn Premier Division leaders Norwich United this afternoon.

The Planters have been in irresistible form this season, winning 28 of their 32 games in all competitions.

They are six points clear at the top of the table and have lost twice in the league – one of which was to Gorleston, losing 3-1 at Emerald Park in September.

Two penalties from Keegan Middleton and a second-half strike from Joe Watts earned the Greens an impressive win that day. Repeating that success is likely to prove very difficult today though.

Norwich went some way to avenging that defeat earlier this month when they thrashed Gorleston 4-0 at Plantation Park in the Norfolk Senior Cup quarter-finals.


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Damian Hilton's side also go into the match in high spirits after winning their rearranged FA Vase fourth round match at Ashford United on Tuesday night, comfortably winning 5-0 in Kent.

'They beat us in the league, I think they've lost a couple of players from that team though,' Hilton said of the Gorleston clash.

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'We're developing as a side, we're getting more mature with every week and the lads are developing and gelling every week and getting used to playing with each other.

'We're just on that sort of run at the moment where confidence is so high that chances are going in and we're keeping clean sheets.

'That's our fifth clean sheet in six games and the one we did concede was a late, soft penalty against Diss, so it's a good blend at the moment.'

Gorleston bounced back from their Senior Cup defeat last Saturday with a 4-2 home win against Ipswich Wanderers.

Elsewhere in the Premier Division, Diss Town will look to continue their much-improved form and try to clamber away from the foot of the table.

The Tangerines have drawn their last four league games, drawing 1-1 at third-placed Newmarket last week, and also pulled off a shock 4-1 win against King's Lynn Town in the Senior Cup quarter-finals recently.

Mark Reeve's side host fellow strugglers Wivenhoe Town, who are nine points better off than Diss but have won two of their last four league games.

Fakenham's season has stalled somewhat in the last month as they haven't played since December 27 and have only picked up one point from those games. The Ghosts host lowly FC Clacton at Clipbush Park, who were thrashed 11-3 at high-flying Godmanchester last week and lost 6-0 at Hadleigh in the game before that.

Kirkley & Pakefield face the daunting task of hosting Godmanchester today and Thetford Town travel to Walsham-le-Willows.

In the First Division, Swaffham look to keep their promotion hopes on track away at mid-table Stowmarket.

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