Thurston are in control of their own title destiny

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THURSTON captain Ben Sinclair believes the Greene King IPA Eastern Counties League Division Two title is his side’s to lose.

But with just five points separating the top five teams in the division, the Robinson Field-based outfit may still have to win all three of their remaining games.

The leaders’ first assignment is a home encounter with fifth-placed Mistley tomorrow (3pm), with matches against second-placed Hadleigh and bottom-club Sawston still to come.

“It seems the title is in our hands – it is for us to lose,” said Sinclair. “We have a tough game against a physical Mistley side and the following week is another challenging game at Hadleigh.

“If we were to win this weekend, the title would probably come down to the Hadleigh match.”

Elsewhere in Eastern Counties Two tomorrow (3pm), fourth-placed Thetford travel to third-bottom Felixstowe, while second-bottom Mildenhall Eagles host second-placed Hadleigh, who are level on points with Thurston at the top.

In London One North, Bury will be expected to pile on the points against bottom club Braintree at The Haberden tomorrow (3pm).

No-one has scored more points in the league than Bury, while nobody has conceded more than Braintree, who have just one win to their name this season.

Despite Bury being on a rich vein of form, having scored more than 50 points in four of their last five matches, head coach Gavin Hogg has urged his side to maintain their focus.

“The attitude we’ve had over the past month has been excellent,” he said. “We’ve been focused and need to stay that way, then the result will take care of itself.”

Bury – who will only be missing Charlie Birrell (work commitments) – could jump back into the top five with victory, should Eton Manor lose, despite suffering a 25-point deduction.

Stowmarket will be looking to hold on to second place in London Three North East when fourth-placed Norwich visit Chilton Fields tomorrow (3pm).

They have three matches to hold third-placed Harlow – who have the same points tally as Stow – at bay, although defeat to Norwich could also let the Norfolk outfit back into the promotion race.