With Leiston in the FA Cup, Histon are the odd team out who have the afternoon off leaving an otherwise full fixture list.
CRC v WROXHAM
It’s third versus fourth here with just one point separating them although the Yachtsmen have played one game more. With results becoming more unpredictable week by week this is a hard game to call. The Scholars have lost just once this season, at home to Leiston, but have just one win in their last four outings. Their visitors drew in midweek and had a big win a week earlier at Walmer Road and have now been beaten just once in the last eight, both might be happy to come out of it unscathed.
DEBENHAM LC v DEREHAM TOWN
Debenham have a big task if they are to hold their visitors who have the league’s leading scorer Danny Beaumont with 14 goals from 12 appearances in their ranks. Just one defeat in their opening 12 matches sees Dereham head the table going into this round of games having scored eight times without reply in their last two outings. The Hornets have suffered some heavy defeats so far but they always work hard and make it difficult for the opposition but they may be fully tested here.
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FELIXSTOWE & WALTON UNITED v NEWMARKET TOWN
The home side were finally beaten in two national cup competitions that had kept them away from league action for a month. They returned to domestic competition in midweek to earn a creditable draw against title-chasing Leiston, but they face no easy task here. The sides are level on points going into the game with Newmarket winning two and drawing one of their last three, knocking Haverhill Rovers out of the League Cup in that mini-run.
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GT YARMOUTH TOWN v STANWAY ROVERS
The home side started life back in the Premier Division with three wins from their first four games but have won just once since then and are without a win on The Wellesley. Stanway made a poor start but are gaining ground on those above them. They have won on the road and this could be a tight affair with The Bloaters going all out for their first home win while victory for Stanway would put them within three points of their hosts.
HADLEIGH UNITED v ELY CITY
An interesting encounter here, the home side will be smarting from their FA Vase exit last week to Division One Gorleston and saw a four-match winning run ended in their last league game. They will want to get back on track and will see this as an opportunity against an Ely side without a win in six. The Robins have drawn three of those games and are always a difficult side to break down so will be looking for something from this game.
KIRKLEY & PAKEFIELD v WISBECH TOWN
It has been a bad couple of weeks for the home side with two defeats and a two draws from their last four but more concerning may be the lack of goals in the those games. They have now gone over six hours since scoring eight against Histon. Their visitors haven’t had that problem, unbeaten in six and having won their last three. None of the sides above them have taken all three points from their encounters and The Fenmen have beaten the leaders and Leiston already. This must be Match of the Day as K&P attempt to get back on track.
MILDENHALL TOWN v BRANTHAM ATHLETIC
The ‘Hall took all three points at Brantham less than a month ago to start a four-match unbeaten run. Manager Christian Appleford will be looking to extend that run against a visiting side that are struggling in the relegation zone at present. Brantham have found goals hard to come by this season, scoring at less than a goal a game and with just one point from the last five games could find themselves adrift near the foot of the table if they don’t start picking up points. The home side have drawn their last four at home and Brantham will do well if they can make it five.
NORWICH UNITED v FC CLACTON
The Planters have tailed off from their early season success with just two points from their last four games, two of those games were against local rivals Wroxham, but the home side will be hurting more from their FA Vase exit last week against Division One Whitton United. The Essex Seasiders have found it tough going since their return to the Premier Division, but have been picking up useful points recently, despite a setback at Mildenhall in their last league fixture. Five points from Wivenhoe and a draw at The Abbey Stadium should see them travel with confidence.
WALSHAM-LE-WILLOWS v WIVENHOE TOWN
Walsham are the only side in the division still looking for their first league win of the season and this will be no easy task here against a vastly-improved Wivenhoe side. They have drawn seven of their 11 fixtures and have lost just once at Summer Road. The Dragons have dropped off their early pace that saw them go eight matches unbeaten but are proving to be a hard-working side who are always likely to pick up points.
WOODBRIDGE TOWN v HAVERHILL ROVERS
The home side are again struggling this season sitting at the foot of the table with just five points from their opening ten games and they could find this a difficult afternoon against a visiting side that have shown more resolve this term. The Woodpeckers did hold CRC to a draw at Notcutts Park last time out so have shown they are capable of getting results. Their visitors have lost just once this season and that was back in August and eight games ago, so they are full of confidence at present and will be looking to extend that unbeaten run here.