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Harleston Town seeking to rediscover some momentum after lengthy break from league matches



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Manager Nicky Howell has conceded his Harleston Town side will need to rediscover some momentum after a long break from league action.

A combination of Covid call-offs, waterlogged pitches and the randomness of the fixtures computer has meant that Howell’s men have not played in the Thurlow Nunn League First Division North since November 20.

The 1-0 win at Peterborough North End that day kept them top, but they have since dropped to second on goal difference behind Downham Town, who are on a nine-match winning run.

Nicky Howell's Harleston have not played a league match for a number of weeks. Picture: Gary Donnison
Nicky Howell's Harleston have not played a league match for a number of weeks. Picture: Gary Donnison

Harleston had been due to take on Leiston Reserves on Monday, but that was postponed due to the number of positive Covid cases within Howell’s squad.

However, he expects there to be no issues with tomorrow’s home encounter against Framlingham Town (3pm) – a game he is hoping sparks his side back into life after their lengthy absence.

“We should be ok for Saturday and it’s good to know we’ve got a game coming up,” said Howell.

“We’ve lost a little bit of momentum with the lack of games and that makes Saturday a big one for us.

“Downham have caught us up while we’ve not been playing and fair play to them, they’re on a great run right now.

“Hopefully we can kick things off again with a good result at the weekend and get the season rolling again.”

Third-placed Sheringham can move to within three points of Downham and Harleston were they to win their games in hand, while Howell also feels that fourth-placed Norwich CBS cannot be ruled out of the promotion equation.

And with one team set to go up automatically and four to enter into the play-offs, he is expecting plenty of twists and turns between now and the season’s conclusion.

“Every game is tough when you’re battling for points,” he added.

“CBS added some good players before Christmas so they’ll be in the mix as well.

“The games between us all will be key and I expect teams to drop points, us included.”

Meanwhile, Connor Delaney could feature in the clash with Framlingham after sealing a return to the club from fellow First Division North side Great Yarmouth Town.

Howell said of the winger: "Connor has got good quality and will give us another good option out wide.

"He's a very good player and a good lad as well – he'll fit straight back in with the group."



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