Lynn Reserves host Hares in big derby clash

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King’s Lynn Town Reserves FC will play their first game for three weeks when they host high-flying March Town United in a big local derby at The Walks tomorrow.

The Hares – strugglers in recent seasons – have taken everyone by surprise in Thurlow Nunn Division One this campaign and are currently fifth in the table after the appointment of joint managers Chris Bartlett and Gino Agius.

The Reserves are four points behind their visitors.

Assistant Reserves boss Ross McNeil said: “March are a very good footballing side and are probably one of the best teams we’ve come across this season.

“We’ve got a tough run of games coming up with March tomorrow, Diss in the Norfolk Senior Cup on Tuesday and a trip to Swaffham next Saturday. We haven’t played for three weeks but the players have displayed a tremendous attitude by training hard over Christmas.

“It’s a game we are really looking forward to and we hope there will be a decent crowd with the first team playing at Witton Albion.”

Lynn, who have just completed the signing of youngster Kieran Shipp, will be without the suspended Ben Coe.

l It will be a second successive weekend of no football for the supporters of Fakenham Town. The Ghosts aren’t in action again until January 17 when they welcome Kirkley and Pakefield to Clipbush Park in the Thurlow Nunn Premier.

Third place Swaffham Town go to Team Bury, in the Thurlow Nunn First Division, tomorrow and the Pedlars will be looking to close the gap on second place Saffron Walden Town, who are currently eight points ahead of Paul Hunt’s side with both clubs having played 18 matches.

Bob Warby is preparing his Downham Town side to make the trip to Haverhill Borough, with the Boro nine points ahead of Downham, but victory for the Memorial Field side could see them rise one place to 10th, depending on Stowmarket Town’s result.

Despite drier weather at the start of the week, the weekend weather forecast won’t bring any smiles to the faces of local groundsmen either, with heavy rain forecast Friday afternoon and throughout the day Saturday.

We will have any news on pitch inspections or postponements via social media on Saturday morning: follow @edward_colman on Twitter.

Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division top half

Team P W D L Pt

Norwich U 20 18 0 2 54

Godmanchester Rv 19 15 0 4 45

Newmarket T 20 10 8 2 38

Kirkley & Pfld 20 11 3 6 36

Felixstowe & W U 19 10 5 4 35

Hadleigh U 21 9 6 6 33

Stanway Rovers 17 8 7 2 31

Fakenham T 22 9 4 9 31

Mildenhall T 21 9 2 10 29

Gorleston 21 7 7 7 28

First Division top 11

Long Melford 21 15 2 4 47

Saffron Wal Tn 18 15 2 1 47

Swaffham Tn 18 12 3 3 39

Debenham LC 21 12 3 6 39

March Town Utd 20 12 2 6 38

Haverhill Bor 19 11 3 5 36

Great Yar Tn 18 11 3 4 36

Lynn Tn Res 18 11 1 6 34

Halstead Tn 20 9 5 6 32

Stowmarket Tn 20 8 3 9 27

Downham Tn 20 7 6 7 27

Evo-Stik Northern Premier League top 16

Skelmersdale U 32 17 8 7 59

Ilkeston FC 25 14 6 5 48

Buxton 28 13 8 7 47

Curzon Ashton 26 13 7 6 46

FC Utd Manch 25 12 9 4 45

Workington 26 12 7 7 43

Ashton U 25 11 8 6 41

Grantham T 29 11 8 10 41

Barwell 26 12 4 10 40

Stourbridge 25 11 6 8 39

Lynn T 26 11 6 9 39

Halesowen T 25 9 10 6 37

Rushall Oly 25 11 4 10 37

Ramsbottom U 24 11 3 10 36

Whitby T 27 9 8 10 35

Stamford 25 9 4 12 31