THURLOW NUNN ROUND-UP: Unpredictable Ipswich Wanderers buoyant ahead of game with Fakenham

Shane Wardley

Shane Wardley - Credit: Su Anderson

Ipswich Wanderers, buoyant after beating the league leaders on Monday will travel to Clipbush Park full of confidence to face a Fakenham side who, at best, are unpredictable.

The hosts have picked up points from games they might be expected to lose or struggle in, but have dropped points against sides they would have felt confident of winning against.

Monday’s 2-1 win for Wanderers could be the result that really kick-starts their season and manager Shane Wardley has enough experience to make sure his side stay focused.

Hadleigh United are also on their travels, to Great Yarmouth, who attracted over 800 for their Christmas game against Gorleston,

It’s a tough game for the visitors but the hosts have picked up just one point from a possible 12.

Hadleigh have scored and conceded seven goals in their last two games, winning their Boxing Day game 6-1 but losing by the same score at Newmarket on Monday.

Brantham Athletic, who announced Michael Brothers and Matt Carmichael as the club’s new joint-managers yesterday, host a rampant Newmarket side who hit Hadleigh for six on Monday, the Jockeys making it five straight league wins with 18 goals scored and just four conceded.

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Monday’s win pushed the Jockeys up to fourth in the table and dependent on other results they could be second in the table come tomorrow night.

The home side start the day in 10th place having picked up just one point from the three games either side of Christmas.

Summer Road could see the match of the day in the Premier Division with hosts Walsham-le-Willows, in 19th place, hosting an FC Clacton side, five points behind them in 20th place.

The Willows lost 5-4 on Monday at Ely, who climbed above Paul Smith’s side with that win.

The Essex side, meanwhile, picked up a massive three points with a 2-0 win over Haverhill Rovers.

League leaders Mildenhall will be looking to make sure Monday’s defeat was just a blip as their 17-match winning run came to an end at Humber Doucy Lane.

They remain odds-on favourites to win the league but Gorleston were given a glimmer of light after winning at home.

The ‘Hall remain 16 points ahead of their most likely challengers but have played five more games so don’t have too much room to manoeuvre.

They should be too strong for their hosts here.

Haverhill Rovers play host to a Thetford Town side who are enjoying a good season by their own standards, and this will be a tough encounter for the home side, who had a point-less Christmas, losing both home and away.

They have picked up just one point from their last five games, shipping 14 goals along the way and will be hoping to turn their fortunes around.

Kirkley & Pakefield travel to Wivenhoe, having lost just once in the league since mid-October, and should be too strong for their hosts who will be looking for their first win since the beginning of October.

The Dragons have drawn 10 of their 23 games played to date, while the visitors have shared the points seven times so far this season but, on current form, an away win looks the more likely.

Stanway Rovers start the day in second place and might well need a win over visitors Saffron Walden to ensure they stay there, with the Jockeys just two points behind.

This will be Rovers first big test under new manager Karl Duguid.