Thurlow Nunn League preview: Mildenhall host Wisbech Town in top-of-the-table Premier Division clash
Wisbech Town boss Steve Appleby takes his troops to Mildenhall for a top-of-the-table clash knowing his side will fight to the death.
The Fenmen's manager has often praised his high-flying side's ability to play football but was delighted on Tuesday when they ground out a hard-fought FA Vase second round replay win over St Ives Town.
Appleby, a tough-tackling midfielder in his playing days, is hoping for more of the same this afternoon when second-placed Wisbech visit Mildenhall - a team who are six points ahead of them in the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division having played a game more.
The Wisbech manager, who celebrated his 1,000th day in charge of the club on Tuesday, said: 'I'm well chuffed. Fair play to St Ives, they showed they're a good side. We showed the other side of our game, which sometimes I've wondered whether we had.
'We're a good footballing side and we like to play but we have shown we can battle. We can dig in, win ugly and wear our tin hats at times.
'It was a fantastic battle. They were two great games and thankfully we came out on top.'
Goals from Dubi Ogbonna - who St Ives put a seven-day approach in for this week - and Deakan Napier clinched a 2-1 win and set up a third round trip to West Yorkshire side Thackley on December 8.
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Yet, that gave will be far from Appleby's thoughts as his team look to close the gap on Mildenhall.
Elsewhere, in a quieter league programme than normal due to Norfolk Senior Cup fourth round matches, mid-table Kirkley & Pakefield host Godmanchester Rovers.
In the First Division, Fakenham Town visit whipping boys Cornard United while Swaffham Town - who have bagged 12 goals in their last two league games with consecutive 6-1 triumphs - will be looking to keep up their fine form when they entertain struggling Team Bury.