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Debenham LC (7th) v Woodbridge Town (20th)THERE are just 13 miles separating these sides on the map but 20 points and 13 places in the league as the two clubs experience differing fortunes.
RIDGEONS LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION PREVIEW
Debenham LC (7th) v Woodbridge Town (20th)
THERE are just 13 miles separating these sides on the map but 20 points and 13 places in the league as the two clubs experience differing fortunes. The home side have lost only twice at Maitlands since August and on both occasions to sides battling for the title while The Woodpeckers only league points to date have been collected on their travels.
Dereham (16th) v Felixstowe & Walton (6th)
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THE Magpies lost just five at Aldiss Park last season, but are only one away from matching that record going into this match after only eight games, despite averaging over 2 goals per game. The Seasiders away record does not match their impressive home one but they have lost just once in the last seven while the home side have won just one of their last six.
Ely City (18th) v Norwich United (14th)
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DESPITE the Robins lowly league position The Unwin Ground is never an easy place to pick up points for visiting sides. They have won the last two at home and the Planters with six defeats on the road already will find this a tough game. Ely have three games in hand over their visitors who need to win to maintain the seven point differential.
Hadleigh United (12th) v Mildenhall Town (11th)
BOTH these sides had excellent wins in mid-week in the League Cup although The Brettsiders had to win a penalty shoot out to progress. Just one point separates them in the League although the 'Hall have played one game less, the home side are without a league win in their last four while the visitors have won two of their last three.
Harwich & Parkeston (21st) v Wisbech (9th)
The Shrimpers ended a ten match losing run with a victory in their last home game, but will find this a difficult encounter against the Fenmen who are enjoying an eight match unbeaten run and will not want to see that halted at The Royal Oak. The home side could move out of the relegation places if they win their games in hand but it is a difficult ask.
Haverhill Rovers (15th) v King's Lynn Reserves (19th)
ROVERS lost for the first time in five last week then suffered another defeat in midweek as they exited the League cup after a penalty shoot out. Their last home defeat was in early September and they have games in hand over most above them. The Linnets second string are in serious danger of being dragged into the relegation battle with 7 straight defeats in the league.
Leiston (1st) v Histon Reserves (8th)
THE visitor's first team have no fixture this Saturday so all eyes will be on their starting line up at Victory Road, they look safe in mid-table and were criticised when they strengthened their side against Hadleigh. The home side suffered a blip last Saturday when they drew away at Broad Lane against the basement side and were knocked out of the League Cup in midweek at Summer Road but will not fear the Stutes' second string.
Needham Market (3rd) v Walsham-le-Willows (10th)
THE Marketmen are the last side in the Division with an unbeaten home record having dropped just two points from a possible twenty four at Bloomfield's and will want to bounce back from the big defeat at the Abbey Stadium last week. The visitors have a respectable away record with just one defeat on their last six trips and have scored 20 times so will not fear this game.
Stanway Rovers (4th) v Kirkley & Pakefield (5th)
THIS looks like 'Match of the Day', a potent strike force against a miserly defence. Newson (24) and Callender (8) are a formidable partnership for the Rovers, but the visitors have the best goals against column in the division having conceded just twelve times in 15 outings and have enough games in hand to pose a serious threat to all those above them in the table. It suggests both sides will be happy to end the day unbeaten.
Wivenhoe Town (22nd) v CRC (2nd)
CAN the Dragons do it again, last week they took points off the leaders and have a chance to do the same against second placed CRC. The visitors made their exit from the League Cup in midweek at Newmarket, so can be beaten but it is 16 games since they tasted a League defeat and they have only dropped four points in that run while the Dragons have yet to win in 16 league games.
Wroxham (13th) v Newmarket Town (17th)
THE Yachtsmen have at least five games in hand on the leaders but are a long way adrift and will need to win them all if they are to make a challenge. The Jockeys have picked up two excellent results in the past week drawing with 4th placed Stanway and knocking 2nd placed CRC out of the League Cup in mid-week. It's now five games since the home side have won at Trafford Park.