Willows boss wants players to enjoy that Friday night feeling

FRIDAY DATE: Thurlow Nunn Premier Division action between Haverhill Rovers and Walsham le Willows, who host unbeaten Gorleston tonight.
FRIDAY DATE: Thurlow Nunn Premier Division action between Haverhill Rovers and Walsham le Willows, who host unbeaten Gorleston tonight.
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Walsham-le-Willows boss Paul Smith wants his players to enjoy that Friday night feeling — by becoming the first team to beat Gorleston in the league this season.

Willows host the unbeaten Greens at Summer Road tonight (7.45pm) looking for their first league success in four matches.

Despite sitting just above the bottom three, manager Smith said: “There is no better incentive than becoming the first team to beat Gorleston in the league.

“We’ve already proved that on our day that we can beat anyone in this league as our 2-1 victory against Felixstowe showed the other week.

“Hopefully with it being a Friday night game, it will bring a few people through the gate and a bit of atmosphere with it.”

Smith’s side, who will be without the suspended Andrew Wood and the unavailable duo of Lee Sim and Samuel Waterson, lost 4-1 at Godmanchester Rovers on Saturday.

“It was never a 4-1 game,” said Smith.

“We had chances to go 2-1 up and had we taken one of those it could have been a different story.”

n Tomorrow, runaway league leaders Mildenhall Town can still get better.

That’s the verdict of Town boss Dean Greygoose, whose side host Brantham Athletic (3pm).

Hall find themselves 13 points clear going into tomorrow’s home clash — the first of five successive games at Recreation Way.

Greygoose said: “The timing isn’t great but it doesn’t matter if we are playing at home or away at the minute, we’ve got momentum.

“Even though we’ve won 13 games on the spin I still believe we can get better.

“Being top of the table brings a different kind of pressure, but the big thing is that we’ve got the points on the board.

“I just want us to carry on playing good football and enjoying it.”

Greygoose added: “Every game is like a cup final for us at the moment but that applies to the opposition too.”

n Thetford Town will be looking to end a run of three successive league defeats when they host Wivenhoe Town at Mundford Road (3pm).

Last Saturday’s 2-1 reverse against Great Yarmouth Town saw the Brecklanders drop down to 12th in the league standings.

On Tuesday night, Danny White’s troops were unable to spring a shock in the third round of the Norfolk Senior Cup.

The Brecklanders lost 2-0 at home to King’s Lynn Town with Eoin McQuaid and Kurtis Revan scoring for the Linnets.

n In the Thurlow Nunn League First Division, Greens Meadow will be the place to be when second-placed Stowmarket Town host league leaders Coggeshall Town in a top-of-the-table clash (3pm).

A victory for the Rick Andrews’ men, who exited the Suffolk Senior Cup with a 2-1 loss to Capel Plough at the weekend, would see them close the gap at the summit to just three points.