Trevor Newman relishing two top-five clashes with Walsham-le-Willows in the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division
Walsham-le-Willows boss Trevor Newman admits he is relishing the prospect of two top-five clashes over the next two weekends, writes Alex Moss.
The Willows have been the surprise package so far in this season’s Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division, and sit third in the table ahead of hosting Stowmarket Town in a local derby tomorrow (3pm).
A big crowd is expected at the Morrish Sports Ground this weekend, with fifth-placed Stow expected to travel in their numbers, but having seen his side climb above their rivals last weekend, Newman says his players go into the clash without fear.
“We go into it full of confidence really,” the Walsham boss said.
“It’s one of them ones where there’s pressure on us, but we don’t put pressure on ourselves.
“No one expected us to be where we are in the league, so we’ve got nothing to lose, but everything to gain from it.”
The Willows continued their perfect start to 2019 with a 1-0 victory at Hadleigh United last weekend, with Sam Peters netting the winner which also helped Newman’s men move above Stow and into third in the Premier Division standings.
Following tomorrow’s derby, Walsham visit second-placed Godmanchester Rovers next weekend (January 26), a run of fixtures which Newman admits he is really looking forward to.
“There’s a slight gap which has opened up in the league from the top six down,” he said.
“In the past we’ve been looking down at the bottom end and being six points clear, so to be at the other end, we are relishing the challenge.
“I’m looking forward to it. The games we’ve had recently with Stowmarket have been some of our most entertaining games and they’ve all been close as well.
“I expect it to be the same on Saturday. I don’t see one team running away with it, so it should be a good game and a big crowd too.”
The Willows edged out Stow 3-2 when the two sides met in the reverse fixture at Greens Meadow in August, courtesy of a late goal from George Bugg.
The pair played out two entertaining games in the previous campaign, which saw Stow come from behind on both occasions to win by the odd goal.
Walsham welcome back top goalscorer Jack Brame this weekend. The striker, who missed last weekend’s win at Hadleigh, has scored 17 goals so far this season.