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Needham Market look to make it third time lucky, with win at home to Folkestone

PUBLISHED: 12:17 22 December 2017 | UPDATED: 12:40 22 December 2017

Needham Market boss, Richard Wilkins

Needham Market boss, Richard Wilkins


Needham Market entertain Folkestone Invicta tomorrow afternoon in a Bostik Premier clash, hoping third time will be lucky, writes Mike Bacon.

The clash with the Kent side is the third home game in a week for Richard Wilkins’ team but they have yet to record a win after two successive draws – one with Met Police, the other with Leatherhead on Tuesday night.

It’s tight at the bottom of the table and with away games at Brightlingsea and Wingate & Finchley to come next week, three points would be very useful for the Marketmen.

They currently sit on 21 points, sixth bottom, but only on goal difference, with second bottom Tooting & Mitcham also on 21 points.

Worthing are bottom on 17, but are improving. With only one team going down from Bostik Premier this season, it could turn into quite a scrap – one Needham would like to get away from.

Lowestoft Town could do themselves – and Needham – a big favour should they beat Harlow (another on 21 points) tomorrow afternoon. Two wins in their last three games have done the Trawlerboys a power of good of late and with the big local derby at Leiston coming up on Boxing Day, another victory will put them in good heart.

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In Bostik North, Bury Town face a tough test at leaders AFC Hornchurch.

Ben Chenery’s side keep drawing matches (five of their last six), it’s the main reason they are not in a play-off place.

There is plenty of talent however in the Bury line-up and their away form has been pretty good – a win tomorrow would be quite a scalp.

Dean Greygoose’s Mildenhall Town travel to Ware tomorrow afternoon – ‘Hall another side on the back of a succession of league draws, this time three.

The Recreation Way side would have liked more than just a point at bottom-placed Romford last week. But tomorrow have an opportunity to get a first league win since the middle of October.

AFC Sudbury entertain Dereham Town at King’s Marsh Stadium. A late Ollie Peters goal on Tuesday night salvaged a draw for Mark Morsley’s side against Hertford Town but Sudbury can’t get any momentum at the moment.

Attacking midfielder Ryan Horne has joined Morsley’s squad after signing from St Neots.

Former Ipswich Town captain joins Woodbridge Town

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Police are appealing for help to find a missing 19-year-old man from Stowmarket.

Green Light Trust Martlesham project helps people who have ‘stalled’ in life - and helps nature too.

Volunteer lifesavers rescued a stranded yacht off the Essex coast this afternoon.

Police investigating a series of power tool thefts from vans and properties in Suffolk have recovered more than 120 items.

The East of England Ambulance Service answered 3,200 calls per day over the winter period, new data shows.

The sunshine, blue skies and record breaking temperatures of recent days are set to come to a thundery end - with heavy rain and lightning expected across the region this weekend.

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A broken down train has prevented the minister responsible for the country’s transport system from visiting the Great Yarmouth area today.

An Ipswich man who gives his time to widen opportunities for children from deprived backgrounds has been recognised by the Queen.

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