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Walsham-le-Willows need a win

PUBLISHED: 15:56 03 May 2002 | UPDATED: 11:50 03 March 2010

WALSHAM-le-Willows will not have things all their own way when they play at home to Melton St Audry's tomorrow in the Senior Division of the Metaltec SIL.

WALSHAM-le-Willows will not have things all their own way when they play at home to Melton St Audry's tomorrow in the Senior Division of the Metaltec SIL.

Victory will confirm the first championship for Paul Smith's side, but if they slip up then Haughley will be waiting in the wings.

Melton have already lowered the colours of third-placed Grundisburgh this season and have enough quality to make life tough for Walsham.

Whether they will be able to do Haughley a big favour remains to be seen, Gary Nunn's out fit will be hoping they do. If Haughley beat Bramford United in their final home match then they will become champions if Walsham slip up.

Since last Saturday both teams have won midweek matches, Haughley 4-1 at Leiston St Margarets and Walsham 2-0 at home to Capel Plough.

Big crowds are expected at both games and as they both have early kick-offs the FA Cup final can also be watched on television if required.

Smith joined Walsham at the start of last season after a distinguished playing career. It was his first job in management and will be pleased how things have gone.

Don James helps him off the pitch while Smith still plays on a regular basis and has scored 22 goals – including both in the midweek win over Capel.

He has experienced players at his disposal in Andy Crane and Nigel Wallis and a strong defensive pair in Mark James and Joe Moye. They could make it a double as they play Stanton in the Omnico Cup final on May 14.

Nunn is set to stand down as Haughley boss at the end of the season. He won the title for the club in 1997 and is helped in the managerial chair by Richard Friend.

The pair have been third favourites behind Grundisburgh and Walsham all season, but going into the last day could still end up winners. But they now need a little help from St Audry's.


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