Ridgeons League Premier Division preview

WITH four clubs still left in the FA Cup, there is again a reduced Ridgeons League Premier Division fixture list on Saturday.


THE scholars have dropped just two points from the 18 played for so far this season and they are once again looking strong contenders to push for the top spot and remain just one of the two sides yet to be beaten this term. Their visitors have yet to win a game so far but are improving and should not be underestimated with four draws from the seven played, they have yet to lose on away soil and will be looking to extend that record here.


THINGS have not gone well for The ‘Hall so far this season and they face another tough game here. Having won on the opening day they have picked up just two points since then and crashed out of both National Cup competitions. They suffered their biggest defeat of the season in midweek and face a visiting side who have won their last three, scoring 12 times while conceding just once. The Royals are up into second following their midweek win and could be League leaders on Saturday night.

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THE Jockeys will settle for a mid-table position at this stage of the season although they lost ground in mid-week when Hadleigh took the points at The Town Ground to leapfrog over them but they face a tough game here. The Bloaters have started well and have played three of the top four in successive games with just a point to show, but they will be happy to see them out of the way and concentrate on those around and below them in the table.

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THE home side have lost twice so far, but both defeats were against the sides currently in second and third, one of those was in midweek so they will want to get back to winning ways but may find it tough against a much- improved visiting side. After losing their opening three games the Stutes second string have lost just once since and sit just below their hosts, separated by goal difference.


THE Fenmen sit mid-table but the new Fenland stadium hasn’t brought them too much success so far with just one win. It is now almost a month since their last victory but they will feel they can end that run here against newly-promoted Brantham. The visitors picked up their first win in midweek to climb off the bottom of the table and would be happy to collect a point from their long journey into the heart of the Fens.


THIS is an interesting fixture with Wivenhoe having picked up several useful points lately to climb up to fifth and within two points of their visitors. A home victory would see them climb above them into fourth. Dereham Town, along with CRC, are one of two sides still unbeaten in the league and they have won their last four games, three of them away from Aldiss Park, This could be a close encounter and looks like Match of the Day.


THE home side have made a stuttering start to the season and will want to add to their midweek win from this match against bottom-of-the-table Woodbridge. They have lost at Trafford Park this season but their visitors will find it tough to repeat that result. Woodbridge have won once so far, back in August, but have just one point from a possible 18 since then. This will be a tough afternoon for them and they will do well to return home with anything from the game.

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