Ridgeons League Premier Division preview

The curtain comes down on another Ridgeons League season with the title already decided but there are still plenty of clubs with individual aspirations to achieve. Mildenhall Town and Hadleigh United have completed their games leaving nine fixtures to complete the season.

CRC 2nd V 20th WIVENHOE

The Scholars were in the title chase until Wednesday evening when it was finally put beyond them, but they still need at least a point here to ensure a second-place finish. Whatever the outcome this will have been a fantastic season for Jez George and his charges and they will want to finish it in style. Any result here will be a huge achievement for the bottom club who have not collected a point on the road all season and with at least one season in Division One looming, they would dearly like to end on a high with a result after a 0-0 draw on Thursday against Wroxham.

DEBENHAM LC 14th V 3rd LEISTON

The Hornets will be happy with their first season in the Premier Division, finishing just below mid-table and have the opportunity to finish on a high here against a side that still have the runners-up spot in their sights. Leiston’s faint hopes of the title were dashed on Wednesday but they will still want to take second spot should CRC slip up at the Abbey Stadium. Three straight defeats before Christmas in the end cost them the chance of any real title challenge even though they took maximum points off the eventual Champions.


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DEREHAM TOWN 10th V 1st NEEDHAM MARKET

This has to be ‘Match of the Day’ with Needham celebrating their title come 4.45pm whatever the result here. The home side will certainly be ready for this game with the opportunity to possibly inflict the last ever Ridgeons League defeat on the Marketmen. The champions will not want that to happen and will no doubt be focused, wanting to end their Ridgeons League life in style as they look towards level four football next season. They have a huge game on Monday when they go for ‘The Double’ and will want to go into that game with just the one defeat in the second half of the season.

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HAVERHILL ROVERS 12th V 13th WALSHAM LE WILLOWS

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HISTON 17th V 6th STANWAY ROVERS

It has been a season of turmoil at The Glassworld Stadium with the senior side narrowly escaping relegation from the Conference last week. The Ridgeons side have fared slightly better and climbed one place to 17th with their win at Broad Lane in midweek and they will maintain that position unless they ship more than five goals here. It is an important game for the visitors as a draw or win will elevate them to a fifth-place finish while defeat could see them slip to seventh so they will be looking for a positive result from this encounter.

KIRKLEY & PAKEFIELD 4th V 9th ELY CITY

The home side failed to force the title chase to go to the wire as they lost at home in midweek and have another huge game on Monday when they play Needham Market for the fifth time this season. Their last four games have brought four defeats and they will want to end that sequence and their League season with a win. Ely have won their last three including ‘The double’ over Vase finalists Wroxham and will relish this match for their last game of the season, they have won five and drawn four on the road so are capable of getting results

NORWICH UNITED 15th V 16th NEWMARKET TOWN

These two still have their finishing position to play for with the home side currently one place and one point above their visitors. A draw or better here would maintain the status quo and possibly push them up one place depending on other results. The Jockeys will be happy with their first season back in the top flight, they have picked up two wins in their last three games and will want to make this trip a worthwhile one with a good finish to the season.

WISBECH TOWN 11th V 7th FELIXSTOWE & WALTON UNITED

The Fenmen are likely to be playing their last game at their temporary Outwell home before moving to their new ground for the start of next season and will not want to end their stay with a defeat, they have also lost their last two and will not want to end with three defeats. The Seasiders arrive with the possibility of their highest-ever finish to a league season in their grasp should they pick up maximum points and Stanway lose. It is also the final game in charge for Glen Driver and Tony Kinsella and they will want to leave the club on a winning note after an excellent league campaign.

WROXHAM 8th V 19th WOODBRIDGE TOWN

There will be a huge sigh of relief no doubt in the Trafford Park clubhouse after the game no matter what the result as the two-month marathon of 22 games finally ends and they can concentrate for a whole week on Wembley and the FA Vase final. The Yachtsmen will have completed half their league season in just 56 days and still managed a top-ten finish and they will want to end with a win. The last two months have certainly been better for their visitors than the first seven months of the season with relegation safely avoided in that period and a result here would be a fine end to what has been a difficult season for the club.

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