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Thurlow Nunn league weekend preview: Mark Benterman takes charge at Ipswich Wanderers

PUBLISHED: 12:28 28 September 2017 | UPDATED: 12:28 28 September 2017

Mark Goldfinch, in blue, has served as caretaker boss for Ipswich Wanderers this season. Mark Benterman takes charge of his first game for them this weekend. Picture: PHIL MORLEY

Mark Goldfinch, in blue, has served as caretaker boss for Ipswich Wanderers this season. Mark Benterman takes charge of his first game for them this weekend. Picture: PHIL MORLEY

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Ipswich Wanderers new manager Mark Benterman will officially take charge of the team for the first time when they host Godmanchester Rovers at Humber Doucy Lane as he looks to lift them up the Premier table from their current 19th position, writes Phil Griffiths.

He faces a difficult task in his opening game with the visitors having strengthened their side in recent week, currently sitting in 11th spot on a three match winning run, with two of those games away from home.

Benterman will be hoping for plenty of vocal support from the side as he looks to turn their fortunes around.

Hadleigh face a difficult trip to Histon while Stowmarket, with just one win in their last six league games, will be looking to improve that run but will find the going tough at 8th placed Thetford.

Brantham and Walsham-le-Willows meet at Summer Road in what could be a crucial encounter with Brantham looking to extend a three match winning run, while Walsham will look to bounce back from their mid-week defeat against the league leaders Felixstowe.

Long Melford travel to basement club Fakenham Town, looking to build on their 2-1 win over Ipswich Wanderers last week.

In the First Division, Whitton United could go top with a win over lowly Needham Market Reserves at King George V with leaders Woodbridge having the afternoon off, although second placed Kings Lynn Reserves will eye that top spot as they host Diss Town at the Walks.

Framlingham Town, unbeaten in the league to date, host a Wisbech St Mary side who have lost six of their ten games knowing a win could lift them into the top six, and will feel confident having scored a dozen goals in their four home games while their visitors have conceded 11 on their four away days to date.

Debenham, under their new management, host league new boys Norwich CBS, where a win would lift them above their visitors who sit 8th on the same points but with a better goal difference.

Struggling Team Bury host Braintree reserves at Ram Meadow while bottom side Cornard are at home to 9th placed Swaffham Town.

Ipswich Town return to Championship action with a game against Hull City, at The KC Stadium, this afternoon (3pm).

In this week’s nostalgia, we take a look at when Hull and Ipswich shared the points at Portman Road in February 2011 as Jason Scotland and Jay Simpson scored in the 1-1 draw.

Very few punters are giving Ipswich Town a chance at Hull this afternoon (3pm kick-off).

There are plenty of reasons to be positive heading into Ipswich Town’s clash with Hull City.

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Hull boss Leonid Slutsky is expecting Ipswich Town to provide his side with a ‘direct’ examination when they clash at the KC Stadium.

Ipswich Town defender Jordan Spence on a number of issues heading into the Blues’ Championship visit to Hull.

Chief football writer Stuart Watson and Ipswich Town reporter Andy Warren discuss all the goings on at Portman Road ahead of the weekend trip to Hull.

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy believes his team have the character and quality to deal with the major acid test ahead.

Hollywood star Idris Elba has got Ipswich Town fans talking after he was pictured holding a pair of teddybears featuring the club badge.

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