Walsham-le-Willows looking to secure best ever finish in the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division
Trevor Newman believes Walsham-le-Willows can achieve their best ever league finish if they replicate last weekend’s performance during the rest of the season, writes Alex Moss.
The Willows halted a run of four games without a win in the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division last Saturday, as they beat Whitton United 3-0 at the Morrish Sports Ground.
It was a much-welcomed three points for Newman’s men, who had slipped from third to seventh in the table following that winless run, but goals from Andrew Cusack, Lee Hammond and substitute Jack Spampanato helped put the Willows back on track.
Ahead of hosting bottom side Framlingham Town tomorrow (3pm), Walsham are back up to fifth, a position which, if they were to finish in would better the club’s previous best finish of sixth back in 2012/13.
“We’ve got Framlingham on Saturday and they’re bottom of the league, but I’m expecting a hard game,” Newman said.
“We played them at the end of October and managed to get away with a win.
“They’ve just beaten Yarmouth at the weekend, who we lost to the previous weekend, so I’m expecting a tough game on Saturday.
“We want to finish as high as we possibly can. We’re fifth at the moment, but we could finish even higher than that.
“Looking at our games that we’ve got left, we’re not playing anyone above us, but we do have a couple of games against teams around us, like Kirkley and Brantham.
“If we can put in performances like we did last Saturday, then I think we can have a good finish.”
Runaway leaders Histon appear to be out of sight at the top of the Premier Division, but positions two through seven all appear up for grabs heading into the last six weeks of the season.
Woodbridge Town and Godmanchester Rovers, in second and third, are locked on 57 points, with fourth-placed Stowmarket Town three points behind. Walsham are three points further back, while a point behind them are both Wroxham and Kirkley & Pakefield.
The Willows, who finished Saturday’s game with six of the club’s under-18s on the pitch, are expected to welcome back top goalscorer Jack Brame and Sam Peters to the squad tomorrow, while goalkeeper Steve Fenner’s return could be held until the following weekend.
l Meanwhile, Walsham-le-Willows Reserves are aiming to win the Chell Trophy for the second time when they face Halstead Town in the final next week. The two sides meet at the Millfield, home of Hadleigh United, on Wednesday (7.45pm).