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Harleston Town wary of Downham Town's threat in play-off final



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Harleston Town are well aware they will have to keep going until the final whistle during tomorrow’s promotion play-off final at home against Downham Town (3pm).

Nicky Howell’s men won 1-0 at Downham earlier in the season, but in March’s reverse fixture they were pegged back late on and had to settle for a 2-2 draw.

The dropped points proved crucial in the run-in as Sheringham pipped Harleston to the title and automatic promotion – and Howell is eager to avoid history repeating itself.

Harleston Town are ready for their winner-takes-all clash with Downham. Picture: Mark Bullimore
Harleston Town are ready for their winner-takes-all clash with Downham. Picture: Mark Bullimore

“They’re a well organised side and they’re probably the best team we have come across in terms of shape,” said the Harleston boss.

“They don’t concede many goals and are tough to breakdown – a bit like we are.

“In that 2-2 game we conceded a couple of sloppy goals when maybe we thought the game was won – you can’t afford to do that.

“Those two goals might have ended up costing us the league so in that sense perhaps we feel we owe them a little bit.

“They’ve not been able to beat us this year and psychologically that might mean something, but this is a one-off, winner-takes-all game and anything can happen.”

Howell will once again be without experienced frontman Nathan Stone because of suspension, but aside from that he has a fully fit squad to select from for the big encounter at Wilderness Lane.



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