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Framlingham Town in confident mood ahead of play-off semi-final at Harleston Town

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His side may be the underdogs, but Liam Abraham has insisted that Framlingham Town will head to Harleston Town in the Thurlow Nunn League First Division North play-offs full of confidence.

The Castlemen travel to Wilderness Lane tomorrow (3pm) looking to secure themselves a place in the winner-takes-all final against either Downham Town or Norwich CBS on April 30.

But if they are to be playing Step 5 football next term, first they must overcome a Harleston side that finished second, just two points behind champions Sheringham and some 24 points ahead of fifth-placed Framlingham.

Liam Aves has seen his Framlingham Town side end the season in positive form. Picture: Mark Bullimore
Liam Aves has seen his Framlingham Town side end the season in positive form. Picture: Mark Bullimore

Nevertheless, with only Sheringham and Harleston having picked up more points than Abraham’s men during the final 13 games of the campaign, the boss believes his team go into the clash in a positive frame of mind.

“We’ve got a bit of belief about us and there is some confidence within the group after our recent results,” said Abraham.

“It’s going to be tough. We’re away from home against a side that was top for most of the season.

“We’ll have to fight, put up plenty of resistance and make sure we defend our box well.

“They’re a big and powerful side that score plenty of goals from set-pieces.

“But if we deal with all of that, play well on the counter then you never know. We’ve beaten them once this season, which also gives us some confidence.”

Harleston will head into the encounter having been pipped to the title – and automatic promotion – by a Sheringham outfit that ended the term with 11 straight victories.

However, Abraham does not anticipate any lingering hangover within the opposition ranks.

“They’re a very experienced group and I don’t expect them to be feeling sorry for themselves,” added Abraham.

“They’ll be professional in how they go about things and I’m sure they’ll approach it in the right way.

“If they were a young team then maybe we could look to take some advantage and confidence from it, but most of their squad have been there and done it.”

Framlingham will be without the injured Danny Smith for the game, while Joe Berry and Oli Smith are both suspended.

Meanwhile, Framlingham booked their place in the play-offs thanks to Saturday’s 1-0 win at Great Yarmouth Town courtesy of a goal from captain James Mayhew.

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