The weekend's Ridgeons Premier preview

NEEDHAM Market and Wroxham clash in the FA Vase quarter finals while Walsham-le-Willows and Woodbridge Town have no games leaving an eight match fixture programme.

NEEDHAM Market and Wroxham clash in the FA Vase quarter finals while Walsham-le-Willows and Woodbridge Town have no games leaving an eight match fixture programme.

Debenham LC 15th v Stanway Rovers 5th

THE Hornets have lost eight of their last ten with four of those defeats coming at Maitlands and will find this another difficult afternoon against a side battling it out for a top four spot. Their visitors have lost just once in their last five, that being last week at home to Needham, and need positive results to keep in touch with Kirkley even with their two games in hand.

Dereham Town 10th v CRC 1st


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THE Magpies have lost their last two games, they have been inconsistent this season and have taken just four points from a possible eighteen against the current top four sides. On the plus side one of those points was back in October when they shared the spoils at the Abbey Stadium. CRC have their destiny firmly in their own hands, the title is theirs if they keep winning and three points here could see them stretch their lead to at least seven points.

Felixstowe & Walton 9th v Hadleigh 17th

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IT will be 57 days since the home side last played at Dellwood Avenue and with that result likely to be expunged, the records will show almost three months without a home fixture. They have played just three times since then with one win, one draw and one defeat so will want to consolidate their league position as they find themselves with games in hand that could push them up to sixth in the table. Hadleigh hover above the relegation places but have enough early season points to ensure Premier Division football next season. It is now an 11 game run stretching back to October since they last won.

Haverhill Rovers 7th v Wisbech Town 13th

ROVERS find themselves in a healthy league position after last season's tribulations and are one of the few sides to stage games in February. They suffered their first defeat in five last week at Walsham but have a good home record and will be looking forward to this fixture. The Fenmen have lost their last three, although two of those defeats were against top four sides.

Histon Res 18th v Kirkley & Pakefield 4th

IT is difficult to see anything but an away win here with the visitors on an impressive run, six wins and a draw from their last seven games indicates their form and you have to look back to late November to find the last time they lost away from Walmer Road. With the Stutes first team having a massive game at Kidderminster, the Ridgeons side are unlikely to be strengthened for this game.

Mildenhall 6th v Wivenhoe Town 20th

TWO straight defeats has seen the home side drop off the pace of those above them and Simon Charlton will see this match as an opportunity to get back on a winning run similar to the seven games unbeaten that ended at Ely ten days ago. The visitors suffered a crushing defeat in midweek at Notcutts Park against the side in the relegation battle with them and will have to be at their very best if they are not to suffer a similar fate here.

Newmarket 12th v Leiston 3rd

THE home side won just twice in the opening three months of the season and languished close to the relegation spots for a long time despite playing decent football. They have lifted themselves up the table in recent weeks with three straight wins since the sides met in late January when Leiston took the points from a close encounter. Leiston have their own agenda and know what they must do, three points will lift them into second place with their next two games against the sides currently above them. They are on a seven match unbeaten run and with six of their last eight games at Victory Road, they will not be counting themselves out of the title chase just yet.

Norwich United 16th v Ely 14th

JUST three points separate these two at the start of play and a home win will see The Planters climb above their visitors. After a run of games that brought just one win in 15 the home side have built a mini run of four unbeaten which they will look to extend here. Ely have won just once on their travels and that back in the opening week of the season, but they have lost just twice in the last five with both defeats coming away at the top two sides. Both will feel they go into this game with the opportunity to collect maximum points.

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