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Framlingham Town nine points adrift of safety in the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division after narrow defeat to Brantham Athletic

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Framlingham Town remain nine points adrift of safety at the bottom of the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division table, after a narrow 1-0 defeat at home to Brantham Athletic last Friday.

DANGER MAN: Danny Smith threatened late on for Fram against Brantham
DANGER MAN: Danny Smith threatened late on for Fram against Brantham

Buoyed by their first win of 2019 the previous weekend, the Castlemen welcomed eighth-placed Brantham to Badingham Road looking to build on their recent success.

Jack Madley scored the decisive goal for the visitors on 61 minutes, slotting in from close range after substitute Lamell Howell’s cross had picked him out in the box.

Fram never gave up and had a penalty appeal turned down when a shot from Danny Smith looked to have been handled by a Brantham defender, but the referee waved play on, as the visitors held on to all of the points.

Liam Abraham’s men (20th) entertain fourth-placed Wroxham tomorrow (3pm).

In the First Division North, a depleted Debenham LC were forced to use both their manager and chairman on the pitch in their 1-0 home defeat against King’s Lynn Town Reserves on Saturday.

Hornets boss Guy Hayes was used as a substitute, while the club’s chairman Chris Conway was among the starters, with a goal from Lynn’s Kieron Wingfield separating the two sides at Friends Meadow.

Debenham (11th) travel to sixth-placed Lakenheath tomorrow (3pm).

Elsewhere in the First Division North, Diss Town also slipped to a single-goal defeat at the weekend, as the Tangerines were beaten 1-0 away at Downham Town.

Having beaten second-placed Mulbarton Wanderers 3-1 last time out, Jon Abbott’s men were brought back down to earth on Saturday, with Jack Frohawk’s disputed strike early in the second half settling the tie.

Diss (14th) will hope to bounce back when they host AFC Sudbury Reserves (9th) tomorrow (3pm).

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