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Framlingham Town manager Liam Abraham expecting ‘another very close game’ against title rivals Great Yarmouth Town

While there is still plenty of football to be played after this weekend, Framlingham Town boss Liam Abraham is well aware of the importance of his side's trip to Great Yarmouth Town.

The Castlemen will head to the Norfolk coast tomorrow (3pm) sitting two points clear of their hosts at the top of the Thurlow Nunn League First Division North.

The two teams have played the same amount of games and will have eight fixtures remaining after they battle it out at the Wellesley Recreation Ground.

Framlingham Town manager Liam Abraham. Picture: Mark Bullimore
Framlingham Town manager Liam Abraham. Picture: Mark Bullimore

And although Abraham is anticipating further 'twists and turns' before the destination of the league title is decided, he admitted that a victory would give his players some extra 'momentum' at a crucial juncture.

“There's still a lot of football to be played after Saturday,” he said. “I'm sure there will be some more twists and turns and I wouldn't be surprised if both teams drop points somewhere else at some stage.

“It's not make or break whatever the result, but football is all about momentum and that's big at this stage of the season.

“They're on a really good run right now and so it would be good to put a little dent in their momentum and we're on a good run as well, so building on that momentum will be important.”

There has been very little to split the division's top two teams so far this term. They have met twice, with the reverse league fixture at Badingham Road ending all square at 1-1, while it was the same scoreline in the League Challenge Cup, with Framlingham advancing on penalty kicks.

And as far as Abraham is concerned, another tight encounter is in the offing.

He added: “In the cup game we rotated and I believe they did as well. I think it will be two different line-ups on Saturday but it goes to show the squad depth we've both got.

“In the league game we were the better side in the first half and could have scored a couple more, but they were definitely the better team in the second half and a draw was a fair result.

“They've a very good team going forward so we'll have to make sure we're tight and compact. I can see it being another very close game.”

Framlingham go into the top-of-the-table clash following a 2-1 win at Holbeach United last weekend.

The Lincolnshire side had lost just once at home all campaign, but two Johnny Kerridge goals - both from Alife Norman's long throws - saw Framlingham make the long trip back to Suffolk with all three points in tow.

“It was nice to see us win in a different way," said Abraham.

“It hasn't been our style much this season to go and grind out wins, but that's what we had to do when we’re two hours from home on a pitch that had clearly been used a lot recently.

“I firmly believe that's a game we'd have lost last season but we've dug it out.

“We knew we had a long throw but it's not something we've used a lot. We're a side that likes to take quick throws and get the ball moving again, but on a sticky pitch you don't want to over-play in the wrong areas.

“It's not something we'll use all the time but it's a good thing to know we've got.”

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