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Walsham-le-Willows seeking their best ever finish in the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division




After seeing his side surprise many with an impressive run of form since the start of the season, manager Trevor Newman is looking to guide Walsham-le-Willows to their highest ever league finish.

Saturday’s 3-1 victory at Kirkley & Pakefield saw Walsham leapfrog their hosts into fourth, with just two points separating Newman’s men from Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division leaders Godmanchester Rovers.

Games in hand for both Godmanchester and Histon make a title challenge at this point unlikely, but Newman still has his sights set on club history.

Walsham-le-willows, Suffolk. 15 September 2018 ..Football action from Walsham-le-Willows v Deeping Rangers - Walsham-le-willows manager Trevor Newman..Picture by Mark Bullimore Photography. (6388910)
Walsham-le-willows, Suffolk. 15 September 2018 ..Football action from Walsham-le-Willows v Deeping Rangers - Walsham-le-willows manager Trevor Newman..Picture by Mark Bullimore Photography. (6388910)

It was during the 2012/13 season that Walsham achieved the current best finish of sixth place – something Newman believes his team are capable of surpassing.

“I think everyone expected us to fall away by now and slip down the league,” said Newman, who took charge just before the start of the campaign from long-serving Paul Smith.

“We lost a couple of games around Christmas to Godmanchester and Woodbridge and people outside of the club were wondering if the bubble had burst.

“But we have responded brilliantly and shown that it was just a blip.

“Targets change as the season goes on. If you lose a lot of games early on then it is all about staying up but thankfully we have won plenty so we are looking to finish as high as we can.

“We were sixth a few years back and that is the best we have done at this level. I want to equal that at least, but there is also no reason why we cannot improve on it.”

Goals from George Bugg, Sam Peters and substitute Joe Boulter at the weekend ensured Walsham were the first team to win at Kirkley since Godmanchester on November 24.

It was also their eighth victory on the road this term – no side in the Premier Division has picked up more wins away from home.

Tomorrow they travel to a relegation-threatened Hadleigh United side that have not won since December 1 (3pm).



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