Thurlow Nunn League: Norwich United set to resume title defence

Action from Norwich Uniteds 3-0 loss at Godmanchester recently. Picture: HELEN DRAKE

Action from Norwich Uniteds 3-0 loss at Godmanchester recently. Picture: HELEN DRAKE - Credit: Archant

The title charge of Norwich United can resume this afternoon, with Newmarket Town in line to bear the brunt of some pent up frustration.

The reigning champions have not played since losing a tumultuous encounter 3-0 at title rivals Godmanchester Rovers a fortnight ago.

That defeat in Cambridgeshire brought an end to the Planters' unbeaten start to the defence of their Premier Division crown, with Andy Eastaugh and Tom Cullumbine both being sent off.

Newmarket arrive at Plantation Park having slipped down to sixth place after two successive defeats and with a negative goal difference, after conceding 30 goals in their 18 games.

Kirkley & Pakefield are up to fifth thanks to a 2-0 win over Brantham Athletic last weekend.

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The Royals travel to struggling Walsham le Willows, who have picked up recently, beating Hadleigh 4-0 and drawing 1-1 at Mildenhall.

Swaffham return to the comforts of home looking to end a run of 10 matches without a win.

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The Pedlars lost 4-0 at high-flying Felixstowe last time out but host bottom-of-the-table Whitton, who have lost six games in succession, as they look to get back on track under joint managers Matthew Parkinson and Scott Lumsden.

Thetford are also at home, having been without a match last weekend after their trip to FC Clacton was postponed.

The Brecklanders thrashed local rivals Swaffham 6-2 at the end of last month but have since conceded four goals in both defeats to Mildenhall and Ipswich Wanderers.

Seventh-placed Haverhill are the visitors to Mundford Road, looking to bounce back from a 2-1 defeat at Gorleston in their last league game, also a fortnight ago.

Gorleston are at home, looking to build on that success, when they take on Saffron Walden Town. The Essex side have won five of their 16 games since promotion but two of them have come in their past two league matches, at Newmarket and Walsham le Willows.

Fakenham were due to face bottom side Whitton last Saturday but were denied by the weather, as they looked to build on getting back to winning ways with a 3-1 home win over Long Melford earlier in the month.

Robbie Harris's team host fourth-placed Stanway, as they try to clamber out of the relegation zone.

In the First Division, Great Yarmouth host one of their promotion rivals in Halstead Town.

The Bloaters were also without a game last weekend but are looking strong in second place, having won four of their last five games and with two games in hand on runaway leaders Wivenhoe.

King's Lynn Reserves are also flying high, in fourth, and host bottom-of-the-table Needham Market at The Walks as they look to bounce back from a 1-0 loss at Debenham, which ended a four-match winning streak.

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