Thurlow Nunn League preview: Gorleston aim to build on a fine triumph

Gorlestons Scott Manning (left) in action against Hadleigh. Photo: DAVID HARDY

Gorlestons Scott Manning (left) in action against Hadleigh. Photo: DAVID HARDY - Credit: Archant

Premier Division Gorleston will be hoping to build on last weekend's victory over previously unbeaten leaders Hadleigh United when they visit Thetford Town.

Bradley Hough's brace and Ally McKenna's strike kept up Richard Daniels' side – written off by many at the start of the term with a host of players following Stewart Larter to Wroxham – impressive opening to the term.

Thetford go into the game in good heart though after ending a run of three successive defeats in midweek, with a 3-0 home win against Fakenham Town.

Ben Anderson scored twice and Sam Bryant scored the other as the Brecklanders scored all three of their goals against the Ghosts in the second half.

Gorleston are fourth, one of three teams just a point behind Hadleigh, who are at home to eighth-placed Kirkley & Pakefield this afternoon.

The Emerald Park outfit have in their 11 league matches played nine of the top 12, so are very satisfied with their position. The same can be said for Godmanchester Rovers, second, and the team directly below them.

Norwich United, third, have been as impressive as any club this campaign having enjoyed a more-than-respectable FA Cup run to the second qualifying round. They bowed out to higher-level Barwell after a replay and host FC Clacton.

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At the other end of the standings, Diss Town face a must-win clash at fellow strugglers Ely City as both troubled outfits chase their first points of what has been a dreadful campaign so far.

Elsewhere in the top flight, mid-table Fakenham entertain Felixstowe & Walton United.

In the First Division, Great Yarmouth Town are back in league action when they host March Town United at the Wellesley. Ricci Butler has recently added to the Bloaters' ranks with the signing of two players.

Luke Goreham has joined from Gorleston, while Tom Norman has left Yarmouth League side Grange FC to step up to the semi-professional scene. Goreham is a central midfielder who the Bloaters have been interested in before, with manager Butler knowing the player from their days at Acle United.

'I am over the moon that Luke has signed,' said the Yarmouth boss.

'He will bring a wealth of quality and experience to the side and I am hoping that Tom will seize this opportunity to play at a higher level and realise his potential.'

Both made their debuts, Norman as a sub, as the Bloaters beat Boston Town 1-0 in the FA Vase last weekend. But Yarmouth will be keen to pick up a victory in the bread-and-butter as they look to improve on their ninth-placed position.

Swaffham Town, second, will be hoping to take advantage of leaders Debenham LC making a tough trip to Long Melford, who sit third.

The Pedlars drew 2-2 at the vastly improving Downham Town in midweek but have the same number of points as Debenham, 25, having played two games less. The Pedlars will be looking to put three more on the board when they host Braintree Town's second string.

Dereham Town Reserves were thumped 4-0 by their King's Lynn Town counterparts in a midweek Knockout Cup fixture and are likely to want a reaction when they entertain Haverhill Borough.

Downham – already just 10 points off the total they gained for the whole of last term – will turn their attentions to the KO Cup and travel to Halstead Town in the first round. The winner will progress to a quarter-final tie against either Haverhill Borough or Melford.