Thurlow Nunn League round-up: Gorleston confirm promotion plans as Thetford Town travel to league leaders
- Credit: Nick Butcher
Gorleston Town will look to extend their five-match unbeaten run and move up to second in the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division this afternoon.
The Greens have confirmed they have applied for promotion to step four of the non-league pyramid, which has been received and accepted by the FA.
Chairman Alan Gordon said: 'This is in line with the ambitions of myself, the committee our manager Stewart Larter and indeed the players themselves.
'Several local clubs have done similar in the past few years and have went on to do very well. We would like to be the next club from our region to make the step up and also realise we have to double our efforts to ensure we can survive in that company both on the pitch and financially.'
Greens boss Larter is expecting a tough test today as his team look to strengthen those promotion hopes when they travel to the season's surprise package, Brightlingsea Regent.
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The Essex club have taken the Thurlow Nunn Premier by storm following their promotion and sit fifth, just two places and points behind the Greens.
Regent hammered Kirkley & Pakefield 6-2 to extend their unbeaten league run to five matches at the weekend and Larter admits he will be giving them the respect their fine start deserves.
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'They came up last season and they've got a couple of recognisable names but they've probably surprised themselves and didn't think they'd be in this position after 15-or-so games,' Larter said.
'They had a really good result against Kirkley and from the reports we've had they've got some firepower. We've got some goals in us too so it could be a cracker. '
Larter is hoping to name former Wroxham defender Ben Lewis in his squad, who has joined the club on a one-month loan from AFC Sudbury, but Keegan Middleton is unavailable and the game has probably come too soon for Carl Poppy and Bradley Hough.
The Greens have three games in hand on runaway leaders Hadleigh United, who are 10 points clear at the top and today host struggling Thetford Town.
The Brecklanders have not won any of their last eight league matches, losing six of them, and manager Mark Scott has been trying to rebuild his squad after not being able to put out a team at Brightlingsea earlier this month.
Scott's side face a tough task at Hadleigh though as the league leaders have lost just once in the league this season, winning 14 of their 19 matches.
Elsewhere in the Premier Division, mid-table clashes see Diss Town host mid-table rivals CRC at Brewers Green Lane and Kirkley & Pakefield host Stanway Rovers at Walmer Road.
Seventh-placed Norwich United will also look to force their way back up the table when they host fourth-placed Haverhill Rovers at Plantation Park.
Fakenham Town could move second in the First Division, as they host Saffron Walden Town at Clipbush Park and are six matches unbeaten, and Swaffham Town will look to keep pace with the Ghosts at Debenham LC.
The Pedlars are three matches unbeaten themselves and could move above Fakenham into third.