Can Leiston start New Year in style at Wroxham?
A LOOK ahead to Monday’s Ridgeons Premier programme
Debenham LC v Haverhill (ko noon)
THE hosts are hovering above the relegation spots while their visitors are clear of the chasing pack in fourth place, but like the majority of sides playing today it has been close to a month of inactivity for both. Rovers have an impressive record on the road and go into the New Year yet to taste defeat on their travels.
Ely v Newmarket (3pm)
THE Robins home record is mirrored by The Jockeys away record, Ely drew their last game at The Unwin Ground but haven’t had a home win since the first month of the season. Newmarket are looking to end a three match losing run and they haven’t picked up an away point since October.
FC Clacton v Woodbridge (3pm)
FC Clacton must be considered the ‘in form’ side in recent weeks based on being the only club to have secured a win since mid-December. A Thursday night victory in the fog at Brantham gave them a lift for the New Year albeit only a single goal separated them from relegation threatened Brantham. They face a visiting side who were certainly in form before the enforced break, unbeaten in nine with seven victories in that run.
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Felixstowe & Walton v Stanway (3pm)
THE Seasiders side start the New Year in bottom place looking to turn their season around. They have plenty of matches in hand but need points from them if they are to escape their present plight. Their visitors are the only side in the Division to have played less league games than their hosts and don’t have an impressive away record.
Great Yarmouth v Walsham (3pm)
TROUBLED Yarmouth, without a home victory, entertain a Walsham side yet to win on the road, on paper this looks a banker draw. The Bloaters have shared the points five times at The Wellesley while the Willows have picked up six draws on the road.
Hadleigh v CRC (noon)
AN impressive five match unbeaten run by the Brettsiders ended in mid-December at Victory Road in a nine-goal thriller, while the visiting Scholars ended a poor run that has seen them slip out of the title race with a 5-0 win at Rush Green in their last game.
Kirkley v Dereham (12.30pm)
THIS could be an intriguing affair being the first game under the new contract arrangements at Walmer Road with the club hoping for commitment from the players under the new agreements. They certainly couldn’t have wished for a better incentive to play than the visit of the League leaders. The Royals have lost their last three and five of their last six so face a tough task against The Magpies who have been beaten just once since September.
Wisbech v Mildenhall (3pm)
BOTH sides are in decent form, Wisbech have suffered just one defeat in their last seven while Mildenhall have won three of their last four. It could come down to home advantage.
Wivenhoe v Brantham (3pm)
WIVENHOE have had a turbulent 2010 which has seen their fortunes change as they have come back from the edge of extinction. Recent form and home results has not been good with four straight defeats, two of them at Broad Lane and it is now seven games without a win. Their visitors did play the one game that has been staged since mid-December when they lost at home last Thursday evening.
Wroxham v Leiston (1pm)
MATCH of the Day by some distance. Titles aren’t decided in January but the result of this game could have a big say in the final outcome. In form Wroxham sit in second place, five points ahead of their third-placed visitors. They are unbeaten in ten which includes eight wins and have just signed proven goal-scorer Danny Bloomfield from Lowestoft to boost their challenge. Leiston with five games in hand over their hosts are unbeaten in 16, a record which stretches back to the opening day of the season.