Consecutive wins provide a big confidence boost for Walsham

HAT-TRICK HERO: Jack Brame, who bagged a treble in Walsham-le-Willows' 5-1 triumph over Diss Town on Saturday
HAT-TRICK HERO: Jack Brame, who bagged a treble in Walsham-le-Willows' 5-1 triumph over Diss Town on Saturday
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Player-assistant manager Paul Musgrove believes 
Walsham-le-Willows are 
full of confidence following back-to-back wins.

Walsham travel to Fakenham Town in the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division tomorrow (3pm) having put five past Diss Town and Ipswich Wanderers in the last week.

Musgrove is pleased with the improvement Walsham, whose 5-1 win against relegation-threatened Diss on Saturday ended a run of four straight league defeats, have shown.

“We are pleased with what has been a good week,” he said. “We’ve been looking for more over recent weeks as at times we have shown quality, but haven’t had the consistency and it has been pleasing to see that in the last two games.”

They followed that win by beating Ipswich Wanderers 5-2 in the Red Insure Thurlow Nunn League Cup on Wednesday night, something which gives Musgrove confidence going into tomorrow’s trip to Fakenham, who lie one place above Wanderers in the league.

“We identified their dangers last time we played them in the league and we are going there with confidence on the back of two wins,” he said.

A win for 17th-placed Walsham, who are yet to draw a league game all season, could lift them as high as 14th in the table.

Manager Paul Smith will be without the injured Tom Driscoll, who is struggling with a hamstring problem, while Lee Pacey misses out again through suspension following his red card against Whitton United back in October.

Another team pleased with their progress is First Division Stowmarket Town, who are without a fixture this weekend.

Rick Andrews’ men returned to action on Saturday with a credible 1-1 draw with fifth place Halstead Town and the manager is pleased with the way his team is playing.

“I thought our work ethic was great,” he said. “We’re much more of a team now.

“Last season we lost 6-0 at home to them, this season we took a point off them which we fully deserved.”

The club have also brought in three new faces over the recent weeks, giving the manager more strength in depth.

Camillo Douglas and Craig Skipp have returned to the club, both making their second debuts against Halstead, while Lee Gaught has signed from Team Bury.

“We’ve got a good depth in the squad now, which allows us to play two or three different formations,” he added. “We only had nine points this time last year, so the club has moved on and steady progress is the way forward.”

With Stowmarket not in action, Team Bury could leapfrog them in the Thurlow Nunn First Division table with a win.

A 1-0 victory at Leiston Reserves at the weekend, their third away triumph of the season, left Ross Wilding’s side 10th in the standings.

Tomorrow they host the team immediately below them in the league, Kings Lynn Reserves, at Ram Meadow (3pm).