Brame relishing Walsham’s big week after a 16-month absence
Jack Brame is more excited than most about what the next few days have in store for Walsham-le-Willows.
Paul Smith’s men host Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division title-chasers Stanway Rovers tomorrow (3pm), before travelling to Ryman League Premier Division opposition in the form of AFC Sudbury for a Suffolk Premier Cup tie on Tuesday (7.45pm).
Attention then switches to the FA Vase, with Walsham set to host Tring Athletic at Summer Road on October 22.
Matches of such magnitude have passed Brame by for the past 16 months.
While his team-mates were playing in the League Cup final in 2015, as well as contesting FA Cup and Vase games, the 24-year-old was in the gym trying to build up his fitness after suffering a broken leg.
The toil has paid off, with Brame marking his first start of the season during the 4-1 loss to Kirkley & Pakefield at the weekend by scoring his side’s only goal.
And with big fixtures on the horizon, the marksman is delighted to be back in the fold.
“For so long I had to sit and watch the big matches. It got to the point where I took myself away from it quite often because watching was so hard,” he said.
“There were points where I did not know if I was ever going to return or be the player that I was.
“The result is the main thing and that went against us at Kirkley, but it is nice to know that I can still score and be effective at this level.
“The games we have coming up are big challenges and why I want to play football. It is an exciting time for the club.
“It is a big week and hopefully I can play a real part.
“Whether I start or come off the bench, I will look to stretch defences, create chances and score goals.”
Despite being boosted by Brame’s return, manager Smith has fitness concerns over Andrew Wood and Nathan Clarke for the Stanway clash.
n Mildenhall Town continue to look down on the rest of the teams in the division after they thumped basement side Clacton 7-1 on Saturday.
Stephen Spriggs netted a brace on the Essex coast, while Matt Green, Chris Bacon, Rob Ruddy, Lee Clift and an own goal completed the rout.
Next up for Dean Greygoose’s men is a home encounter against 12th-placed Kirkley & Pakefield (3pm).
On Tuesday, Mildenhall will get their Suffolk Senior Cup campaign under way with a trip to Ryman League Premier Division side Needham Market (7.45pm).
n Thetford Town are fourth after they suffered a 1-0 defeat at Stanway last Saturday.
The Brecklanders created a number of chances during their trip to Colchester, but they lacked a clinical touch.
Danny White and his team will now lend their focus to the Norfolk Senior Cup tomorrow when they travel Caister (1.30pm).
That is followed on Tuesday by a trip to Gorleston (7.45pm).
The Greens sit one place above Thetford in third.