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Key run of Thurlow Nunn League First Division North games coming up for Lakenheath

Manager Ben Cowling is hoping that his Lakenheath side can continue their good record in the big games over the next couple of weeks.

Starting with Saturday’s visit of Needham Market Reserves (3pm), all of sixth-placed Lakenheath’s next four opponents currently occupy a position within the Thurlow Nunn League First Division North’s top seven.

A trip to table-topping Downham Town follows the Needham clash on Tuesday (7.45pm), before they travel to Diss Town (3rd) and host Mulbarton Wanderers (2nd) – matches which sandwich a League Challenge Cup tie at neighbouring Mildenhall Town.

Great Cornard v Lakenheath - Lakenheaths James Buckmaster celebrates his goal.Pic - Richard Marsham. (18948067)
Great Cornard v Lakenheath - Lakenheaths James Buckmaster celebrates his goal.Pic - Richard Marsham. (18948067)

It is a key period for Cowling’s men, but he has backed them to pick up some positive results.

“It is going to be interesting to see what shape we are in after that run of games,” he said. We actually tend to do well against the top five or six teams – it is the sides lower down that cause us some problems.

“That is probably a bit of a mentality thing and it is something we are looking to get right – three points is three points at the end of the day, regardless of who it comes against.

“But these ones coming up are the type of games you want to play in and the more difficult they are, the best it brings out in us.

“At the moment we have a fully fit squad to pick from so it is up to us to go out there and get the results.”

Lakenheath go into the Needham fixture on the back of a 2-1 win at Cornard United last weekend.

Shaun Avis was on target for Heath, as was defender Ryan Sanders, who has rejoined the club after leaving for Thetford Town in the summer.

“Ryan has not been playing as much as he hoped. He has just moved back to the village as well so it made sense for him to come back,” added Cowling.

“We needed a centre-half and he is a good player. He gives us that physicality and I do not think that he missed a header in either box on Saturday – it is good to have him back.”