Needham aim to get back on course

RIDGEONS League Premier Division leaders Needham Market will be hoping to get back to winning ways when they visit Wisbech Town tomorrow.They have applied to join the Ryman League Division One North next season and need to finish in the top three to become eligible for this.

By Elvin King

RIDGEONS League Premier Division leaders Needham Market will be hoping to get back to winning ways when they visit Wisbech Town tomorrow.

They have applied to join the Ryman League Division One North next season and need to finish in the top three to become eligible for this.

On Tuesday they dropped their first points of the season with a 2-1 defeat at Felixstowe and Walton United.


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Victory tomorrow would give them a quick double over the Fenmen having beaten them 4-0 three weeks ago at Bloomfields.

Despite the midweek defeat, Needham manager Danny Laws is still upbeat saying: “It was disappointing, but we are still in the driving seat.

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“The longer we went unbeaten added to the pressure of keeping our run going - with our opponents raising their game.”

Building work starts soon at Needham's Bloomfields complex upgrading the ground to Ryman League standards. Needham have a full squad to select from tomorrow.

Ipswich Wanderers entertain Wroxham at Humber Doucy Lane with new manager Steve Buckle having already made a number of signings including Danny Smy, Daniel Carnell, Luke Overall and Curtis Haynes-Brown.

Wanderers will not have to face former Manchester United and Norwich City player Alex Notman as, after two games with the current champions, the 27-year-old has joined Blue Square North side Boston United.

Notman retired from the professional game in 2003, but has since played part-time football and appeared for King`s Lynn last season.

Last Saturday, while Notman was scoring twice against Walsham, Wanderers were suffering their biggest ever league defeat - 10-1 at Dereham.

Woodbridge Town were also on the receiving end last Saturday losing 9-1 at Soham - the other club along with Needham to apply for 'promotion' to level four next season.

Mick Stockwell's Woodbridge were back on song on Wednesday when hitting Walsham for six. They are at home to Haverhill tomorrow.

In the First Division, Whitton are at home to Saffron Walden with Hadleigh entertaining March.

Second-placed Hadleigh have won just once at Millfield - with five victories coming away from home.

Manager Steve Jay is forced to juggle his forces with injuries ruling out Chris Sadler (calf), Patrick Fleming (toe) and Neil Albins (hamstring). Jake Kingston and Dan Oakes are unavailable.

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