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Approval of floodlight application another step towards Harleston Town becoming a community club, says chairman Adam Mullin

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Adam Mullin says the approval of Harleston Town’s floodlight application is another step towards becoming a community club, writes Alex Moss.

HAT-TRICK HERO: Matthew Howard celebrates one of his three goals in Saturday’s 6-0 win at Haverhill Borough
HAT-TRICK HERO: Matthew Howard celebrates one of his three goals in Saturday’s 6-0 win at Haverhill Borough

The Thurlow Nunn League First Division North leaders learned earlier this week that South Norfolk Council had approved their application to install floodlights at their Wilderness Lane home.

It is a far cry from where the club was only 12 years ago, with chairman Mullin fearing extinction and now they are possibly a few months away from being promoted to Step 5 for the first time.

“Craig Trudgill (secretary) deserves a mention,” Mullin said. “Ten or 12 years ago we didn’t think we would still have a football club, and now we’re talking about putting up floodlights and going for another promotion, it’s down to his hard work over those years.

“Neil Shannon, who is also on the committee, has helped a lot over those last 12 years, along with Craig, but before then we were thinking we might not have a club anymore.

“It’s unthinkable now, but that is the truth. To get the application approved for the floodlights is a big step forward for the club.

“We’ve had the support of the council to improve the ground and we’re working together on that. We want to be a community football club.

“We want to amalgamate the youth teams with the senior teams, so everyone at Harleston has a place to go.

“Now we’ve got the floodlights coming in, the youth teams will have a place to come for training.”

With six of their last eight league games at home, Mullin is unsure when work will begin on installing the floodlights at Wildneress Lane, but is certain they will be in place ready for next season.

The question is which division in the Thurlow Nunn League set up will Harleston be playing in?

A 6-0 thrashing of Haverhill Borough last Saturday saw them maintain their four-point lead at the top of the table.

Defender Matthew Howard scored a hat-trick in the rout, while Connor Delaney, Nicholas Howell and Charlie Roe also found the target.

Leon Moore’s men take a break from their title challenge tomorrow, when they host Leiston Reserves in the First Division Knockout Cup quarter-finals (3pm).

The winners will visit First Division South leaders Hashtag United on March 12.

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