Thurlow Nunn League preview: Willows look to bounce back at CRC

ON TARGET: Walsham-le-Willows' Paul Musgrove and Jack Brame were scored against Godmanchester Rovers on Saturday
ON TARGET: Walsham-le-Willows' Paul Musgrove and Jack Brame were scored against Godmanchester Rovers on Saturday
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THURLOW NUNN LEAGUE Walsham-le-Willows will look to bounce back to winning ways when they travel to the R Costings Abbey Stadium to face CRC later today (Saturday 3pm).



Walsham-le-Willows 2

Godmanchester Rovers 4

Cambridge United’s feeder side, who also play at the home of the Skrill Conference Premier title chasers, are four places and nine points behind the ninth-placed Willows.

Improving Walsham put in a valiant display against second-placed Godmanchester Rovers on Saturday, but slipped to just their second loss in their last nine league matches.

Controversy opened the game when Jack Brame collected a long ball and was upended by the Godmanchester goalkeeper, who was rushing out of his area.

The referee decided a yellow card was sufficient when most of the spectators were expecting red.

From the resulting free-kick, Paul Musgrove bent the ball around the wall and into the net to give Walsham the lead.

The Willows had a great chance to increase the lead when a cross from Lee Sim found Chris McLaughlin, but his volley crashed against the bar and away to safety.

Andrew Wood should have scored when he put his header wide when well placed and Godmanchester equalised when a poor defensive header was not cleared and Tom Sparkes scored.

Ryan Foster produced a great free-kick, which eluded everyone and crept past the far post.

However, Godmanchester scored again when another poor clearance in the Walsham defence saw Jamie Blackwell convert.

Worse was to follow when great play out wide by James Hall — who was a constant menace all afternoon — saw his cross met by a good header by Joe Furness, who gave Duncan McAnally no chance.

Walsham started brightly after half-time and pulled a goal back 10 minutes into the second period when a mazy run down the right by Sim ended with him finding Brame, who scored.

Chances were falling to both sides, but it was Godmanchester who got the crucial goal when good play again from Hall found Blackwell and he drilled his shot past McAnally.

* Elsewhere in the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division, seventh-placed Mildenhall Town will hope a fortnight of rest has done them good for their trip to 14th-placed Kirkley and Pakefield today (3pm).

In the First Division, Team Bury thrashed March Town United 7-1 to move above Braintree Town Reserves into ninth in the table.

Jonathan Anselmi was the young Blues’ hat-trick hero, while Will Brown bagged a brace and Ross Bailey and Justin Crissell netted one each.

They host Haverhill Borough today (3pm).

Stowmarket Town and Needham Market Reserves are also both back in action today (3pm) following Saturday’s postponement between the sides because of county call-ups.

Stow host AFC Sudbury Reserves, while Needham travel to Swaffham Town.