Thurlow Nunn League preview: Gorleston boss so happy at fine opening

Richard Daniels when he refereed. Picture: STEVE ADAMS

Richard Daniels when he refereed. Picture: STEVE ADAMS

Premier Division Gorleston have another chance to prove the doubters wrong when they welcome Brantham Athletic.

Many had predicted the club would struggle at the wrong end of the top-flight table after a host of players followed manager Stewart Larter to Wroxham. But the Emerald Park outfit have so far rubbished those theories picking up a healthy 13 points from their opening seven matches to leave Daniels feeling upbeat.

He said: 'I'd have taken 13 points out of a possible 21 to begin with, that's for sure. There have been a few negatives but the positives have outweighed them by far. We've played Mildenhall, Stanway and Norwich United, they're all good sides, and we've come from behind to win games of football.

'Ten, 12 weeks ago, we were favourites to struggle with all the talent we lost. The management team of myself, Eddie Thompson (assistant) and all of our coaches have worked hard. But the players have got to take the credit. We're in a good place.

'I'm working with a much smaller squad than I have in previous spells here and at Diss. It's possibly the way to go. It's easier to work with a smaller squad, say 16 to 17, rather than having 20 to 21 and people around the club who are unhappy they're not playing.'

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Fakenham Town will look to bounce back from their disappointing 1-0 defeat at the hands of Brantham when they entertain Godmanchester Rovers. Basement boys Diss Town will be looking to lift the gloom as they go for a first victory of what's been a torrid term so far at FC Clacton. Kirkley & Pakefield visit Stanway Rovers.

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In the First Division King's Lynn Town Reserves will be keen to build on their fine start when they make the trip to Braintree Town Reserves. Dereham's second string host Cornard United, Great Yarmouth Town visit Stowmarket, Downham Town travel to Team Bury and Swaffham Town host AFC Sudbury Reserves.

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