The weekend's BIG Ridgeons preview
NEWMARKET Town find themselves with a free weekend while Needham Market and Wroxham attempt to make progress in the F.A. Vase.Here is this weekend's BIG Ridgeons League Premier Division preview:
NEWMARKET Town find themselves with a free weekend while Needham Market and Wroxham attempt to make progress in the F.A. Vase.
CRC 1ST v 7TH FELIXSTOWE & WALTON UNITED
You have to check back to mid-October to find the last time CRC dropped any points at The Abbey Stadium. They have the chance here to extend their lead at the top to at least nine points with Needham in Vase action but they face a side that have never lost a Premier Division match against them. It's a record that stretches back to October 2006 and the Seasiders will be looking forward to playing on the Abbey Stadium surface as they try to extend that record. (Match of the Day)
DEBENHAM LC 10TH v 12TH WISBECH TOWN
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Debenham have lost their last three at Maitlands and went down 1-0 on Wednesday at Victory Road so will be looking to regain some ground against the Fenmen who haven't played since December 28th. The visitors lost their manager to the newly formed Lynn FC and will also be looking for a positive result to wipe away the memory of two heavy defeats each side of Christmas in the last two fixtures played.
DEREHAM TOWN 8TH v 16TH HISTON RES.
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The Magpies have not lost at Aldiss Park since October and will be looking to extend that record against a Histon side that have not played since December 28th and are without a win since November. The home side lost narrowly at Bloomfields last week when they were denied a point with a late save and have scored at close to 3 per game on home soil while the Stutes have already conceded 27 on their travels.
HARWICH & PARKESTON 21ST v 17TH ELY CITY
The Shrimpers fate looks sealed this season with just one point from 22 games and they were hit for six by the league leaders last week. With their destiny looking set, perhaps they can shake off their inhibitions and produce a couple of shocks along the way, they have run a couple of sides close and their visitors will have to be on their guard. The Robins have not won in five although they have drawn three of those games and three points here could lift them a couple of places up the table.
HAVERHILL ROVERS 14TH v 5TH KIRKLEY & PAKEFIELD
With only one defeat in five and that against the league leaders the home side will be looking forward to this challenge, they have not lost at Hamlet Croft since early September and beat 4th placed Stanway last time out. The visitors with games in hand can close in on the top sides, but they have to win those games and will find this no easy trip, they are looking to extend their winning sequence to four and their unbeaten run to five.
LEISTON 3RD v 11TH HADLEIGH UNITED
The home side look to have recovered from their loss of form with an unbeaten run of five games including three wins to ease away from those below them and now have a 13 point cushion over 4th placed Stanway. The Top two both have games in hand so the home side must keep winning if they are to remain in the title race and hope those above them slip up. Hadleigh have a respectable record on the road so will look forward to this challenge knowing they are in a comfortable mid table position with a win possibly pushing them into a top ten slot.
NORWICH UNITED 18TH v 4TH STANWAY ROVERS
The home side missed the opportunity to climb a couple of places last week and will see this as a real challenge to pick up three valuable points, they have been playing decent football but losing by the odd goal and have failed to score just once at Plantation Park this season. Although lying in 4th spot it will take a massive turn round to see the visitors back in the title chase, but they are a competitive side with just one defeat in their last 7 games and five wins on the road so far so they will be looking for maximum points here.
WALSHAM Le WILLOWS 15TH v 19TH WOODBRIDGE TOWN
The home side have had a forgettable January losing all three games played so will see this as an opportunity to regain some confidence against one of the sides battling against relegation. They have conceded 16 goals in their last four outings and seen their good goal difference turn to a negative. The visitors have picked up all their three wins this season away from Notcutts Park and know they need more points if they are to stay ahead of Wivenhoe, with the possibility of only two sides being relegated. Manager Mark Scopes has got his young side playing decent football but they need to produce results as a priority.
WIVENHOE TOWN 20TH v 6TH MILDENHALL TOWN
The Dragons only win to date was against the bottom club, but they did play out a goal-less draw last time out although they may find this week's visitors a different proposition. Mildenhall also played out a goal-less draw last week but it was against the side immediately below them in the table. They are one of the sides in contention for a top five finish so will want to get three points here. They already have seven wins on the road and no draws so this game is unlikely to finish with a blank scoreline.