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Hadleigh United desperate for victory at Ipswich Wanderers as they fight for Premier Division survival

PUBLISHED: 10:00 21 April 2017

Hadleigh manager Stuart Alston.

Hadleigh manager Stuart Alston.

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There is a massive game at Ipswich Wanderers tonight as Hadleigh United visit Humber Doucy Lane clinging on to their Premier Division status by a thread.

There is a massive game at Ipswich Wanderers tonight as Hadleigh United visit Humber Doucy Lane clinging on to their Premier Division status by a thread.

With two of the relegation places already settled, the third and final spot is between the Brettsiders, Long Melford and Wivenhoe, the latter having the advantage of a game in hand over their rivals.

Hadleigh make the short trip to Ipswich knowing this is a must-win game, but they will not find their hosts in a generous mood as they have their own agenda and want to finish in the top half of the table.

Tomorrow, Long Melford should have a big advantage when they host already-relegated Swaffham.

Melford need four points to guarantee survival but with the pressure off their visitors, they may find them a tough nut to crack, the Pedlars have picked up 11 points from a possible 18 in recent weeks.

Wivenhoe, with that game in hand, can make a big stride towards survival with a win against visitors Fakenham Town who have little to play for.

Should they win, the pressure would be very much on the two sides currently above them in the table, to make it a nervous last day next week.

Walsham Le Willows host Brantham Athletic without too much resting on the result for either side. Walsham, after a good run that pulled them away from the relegation zone, have slipped up in the last couple of games while Brantham, unbeaten in five, will have one eye on next season as they look to build a strong squad.

Champions-elect Mildenhall head to Stanway Rovers in what could be a difficult game to get themselves motivated for.

Stanway were very much in the title chase in the first half of the season but have slipped away since December while Mildenhall have ploughed a relentless trail to the top.

Basement club FC Clacton host a reinvigorated Godmanchester Rovers and could find the going tough against a visiting side that have won their last five.

Haverhill Rovers host Gorleston, both sides looking to get a season that promised so much – but in the end produced disappointment – out of the way, while Great Yarmouth entertain Saffron Walden.

FA Women’s Premier League South East Division One

Norwich City 0

Ipswich Town 5

Ipswich Town Ladies claimed the first bragging rights of the season with a resounding 5-0 victory over local rivals Norwich City at Norwich United’s Plantation Park last night, writes Kieren Standley

Ipswich Town take on Championship table-toppers Leeds United, at Elland Road, on Saturday.

Ipswich Town skipper Luke Chambers says no-one at Portman Road is getting carried away by the start to the season the Blues have made – but they are ‘enjoying the ride’.

Ipswich Town sit fifth in the Championship table, with five wins from their first seven games – so why are some fans still so negative?

Ipswich Town Ladies face old rivals Norwich City tonight in the first East Anglian derby of the season.

Defender Adam Webster made his return from injury and Ben Morris notched a brace as Ipswich Town Under 23s put five past Nottingham Forest last night.

My mates who support other teams just don’t understand. They glance at the results, and the Championship table, and send me texts saying things like: “I bet you’re thrilled with your team.”

It is a discussion which keeps rumbling on – should players celebrate when they score against former teams?

FA Women’s Premier League

South East Division One

Ipswich Town 0

Leyton Orient 2

Ipswich Town Ladies’ unbeaten run came to an end against a dominant Leyton Orient side as two first half goals ensured that the visitors would be leaving with all three points, writes Ethan Turner.

Defender Adam Webster makes his return from an ankle injury tonight for the Ipswich Town under 23s.

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