Thurlow Nunn League: Gorleston have 'nothing to lose' before their longest journey of the season

Jacob Short, right, in action for Gorleston during last weekend's 1-1 home draw with Stanway Rovers. Picture: David Hardy.

Jacob Short, right, in action for Gorleston during last weekend's 1-1 home draw with Stanway Rovers. Picture: David Hardy.

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Moving on from a thoroughly disappointing 6-0 midweek defeat will be the aim for Gorleston when they make their longest trip of the season.

The Greens go to Godmanchester Rovers in the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division today after seeing their slim title hopes effectively come to an end at Felixstowe & Walton United on Tuesday, leaving them 13 points adrift of leaders Mildenhall with seven games to play.

“If we’re not going to win the title then we need to achieve what we want to achieve as a team and how many Gorleston fans would have taken fourth at this stage?,” manager Ricci Butler said.

“You’ve got to look at the bigger picture. We’ve had a semi-final, we did well in the Vase, we’ve had a very good season, and if you compare our budget with the other teams in the Thurlow Nunn Premier I’m pretty sure Gorleston would be in the bottom half. Teams like Mildenhall, Felixstowe and Stanway, I haven’t got the money to compete with them. I’ve got one player who’s more than a 20-minute drive away, other than that they’re all within 10 or 15 minutes of the ground. They’re local boys and that’s what I think football clubs should be about.”

Gorleston face a Godmanchester side who are 14th with just two wins from their last eight games.

“Their manager left quite late in pre-season so it was a bit of mix and match for them but we’re away from home and they’ve been a good side the last few years,” Butler continued. “It’ll be a tough test to go there and get a result but as long as we’re not looking back on Tuesday’s result too much, then we’re capable of it.

“We’ve got a Whatsapp group and one of the messages I sent was that in football these results happen sometimes, Arsenal lost 8-2 at Manchester United one year, it happens at the top level. It’s happened so don’t worry about it, let’s enjoy training and enjoy Saturday because we can go to Godmanchester with nothing to lose.”

Elsewhere in the Premier Division, fifth-placed Thetford look to extend their six-game unbeaten run but halt a three-match drawing streak when they host struggling Hadleigh United.

Fakenham are also at home, against Saffron Walden, needing a win to increase their seven-point buffer to the bottom three.

TODAY’S FIXTURES

Thurlow Nunn Eastern Counties League

Premier Division: Ely City v Wivenhoe Tn, Fakenham Tn v Saffron Walden Tn, Felixstowe & Walton Utd v Kirkley & Pakefield, Godmanchester Rvrs v Gorleston, Newmarket Tn v Haverhill Rvrs, Stanway Rvrs v Swaffham Tn, Thetford Tn v Hadleigh Utd, Walsham le Willows v Great Yarmouth Tn.

First Division: AFC Sudbury Res v Stowmarket Tn, Cornard Utd v Braintree Tn Res, Framlingham Tn v Woodbridge Tn, Halstead Tn v Debenham LC, Holland FC v Wisbech St Mary, King’s Lynn Tn Res v Diss Tn, Leiston Res v Whitton Utd.

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