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East Harling back on the right track and sitting top of the league

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East Harling are sitting top of the Fosters Solicitors Anglian Combination Division One table following Saturday’s 3-1 home win over Aylsham.

It has been a topsy-turvy start to the campaign for Stacey Lawrence’s side, who followed up a three-game winning streak during the opening weeks with four straight defeats.

However, the victory against Aylsham was a third in a row and has lifted them a point clear at the summit, although they have played more games than the chasing pack.

East Harling manager Stacey Lawrence. Picture: Mark Bullimore
East Harling manager Stacey Lawrence. Picture: Mark Bullimore

“It’s been going well, but if you’d said we’d be in this position three or weeks ago I’d have never believed you,” said Lawrence.

“You can have one or two players having an off day and get away with it, but we were having 10 or 11.

“Mistakes were being made that I’d never seen the players make and when you’re missing good chances and letting in too many, it’s a recipe for disaster.

“But I knew it would turn in the end. Teams don’t become bad teams and players don’t become bad players overnight.

“We’re on a decent run again now. The other teams have games in hand, so all we can keep doing is chalking our games off.”

The unpredictable nature of the league has made it tough for Lawrence to pinpoint a particular target for his team this season.

However, he does believe the squad at his disposal is good enough to remain in the higher echelons come the home straight.

“The results are so up and down – we’re a prime example of that,” said Lawrence, who will take his team to Martham tomorrow (2.30pm).

“When I looked at the squad at the start of the season I believed we were good enough to be in contention, especially with the Heacham gone.

“When you go on a run like we did you start to question everything, how much do they want it? How much do they want to win?

“But we’re back on the right track now and I’d be disappointed if we weren’t in the top four at least – we’re good enough for that."

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