Crucial Easter weekend in Thurlow Nunn, SIL and Bob Coleman Cup
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A bumper programme of non-league football takes place over the Easter weekend, with points, pride and cup finals to play for in the Thurlow Nunn Division, SIL League and the Bob Coleman Cup.
In the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division today, Felixstowe & Walton can put a dent in Godmanchester’s pursuit of the title, while at the other end of the table, Whitton United, who host the Seasiders on Bank Holiday Monday, are just about hanging on to their top flight status, ahead of an uncomfortable-looking trip to leaders Norwich United.
It’s a far cry from the glory of Whitton’s league and cup double success of 2014, when they won the First Division title and Suffolk Senior Cup, pipping Ipswich Wanderers to both.
As for Wanderers, they have fared better than United this season, although their FA Vase run has left them playing catch-up in the league and Glenn Read’s side aren’t mathematically safe from the drop, although they are five points ahead and have five games in hand on third-bottom Thetford Town.
Today, Wanderers host in-form Kirkley & Pakefield who are on a four-game winning run and have scored 14 goals without reply in that sequence. Then on Monday, Ipswich travel to Brantham Athletic – Paul Skingley’s side sitting seventh-from-top in the division.
Over at the Millfield, Hadleigh United, have just the one game this weekend with a trip to Thetford Town tomorrow and will be hoping to extend their four-match unbeaten run.
Meanwhile, the SIL divisions promise to provide an exciting climax to the season, but it is the league’s Bob Coleman Cup that takes top billing today, with the competition at the semi-final stage.
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There is an all Premier Division tie in store as sixth-top Haughley United host title-chasing Crane Sports, while Division Two promotion hopefuls AFC Kesgrave & Willis will look to cause a major shock by defeating Premier Division giants, Achilles, managed by Luke Hillyard, who led Ipswich Athletic to victory in last season’s final, the then-Division One side defeating Haughley 4-2.
Haughley manager Jason Cook, whose side defeated today’s opponents, Cranes in this season’s Suffolk Senior Cup quarter-finals, said: “This will be the fourth time we have played Cranes this season and we have won two games and drawn one.
“We beat them 4-2 at home earlier in the season, playing a free-flowing, attacking formation.
“We are wary of their pace and attacking threat though and went more defensive away, drawing 0-0.”
In the SIL League, there are three Senior Division games taking place today, while on Monday, leaders East Bergholt can extend their lead with victory over Capel (1.30pm KO).