This weekend's Ridgeons Premier preview

THE withdrawal Of Harwich & Parkeston this week will see the Premier Division reduced to a 38 game season but leave leaders CRC with an extended lead over nearest rivals Needham Market.

THE withdrawal Of Harwich & Parkeston this week will see the Premier Division reduced to a 38 game season but leave leaders CRC with an extended lead over nearest rivals Needham Market.

The Shrimpers original opponents Kirkley & Pakefield have quickly had a rearranged fixture installed with The Seasiders, who had lost their fixture with Wroxham involved in Vase action, travelling to Walmer Road. The positions shown below are after the League table has been adjusted.

Dereham Town and Norwich United are involved in the Norfolk Senior Cup while the leaders are without a game leaving 8 fixtures to be played.

Hadleigh United 15th v Stanway Rovers 5th

THE home side's loss is six points and leaves them without a win since late October. They will have to be at their best to hold a Stanway side that lost one place but who themselves haven't won in three. The visitors now have a battle on their hands to get back into fourth spot and although they haven't picked up a win in their last three they have lost just once in eight games. The Brettsiders have lost half their home games and conceded twice for every goal scored so they will see this as a good challenge if they are to halt their downward slide .

Haverhill Rovers 9th v Debenham LC 12th

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ROVERS were one of the fortunate two who had not played Harwich and picked up a good midweek win to put them 4 points clear of the sides immediately below them. Their home record is good having not lost at Hamlet Croft since September and The Hornets will find this a difficult trip. They have lost their last four and failed to score in three of those games, Mel Aldiss will see this as a good challenge for his side on the big Hamlet Croft surface.

Histon Res 17th v Walsham-le-Willows 13th

THE Stute's have lost four of their last five and are without a win since November so Walsham manager Paul Smith will see this as an opportunity to regain some of the momentum they lost with four straight defeats, they ended that run last week with a win and will want to carry that on at The Glassworld stadium. The home sides first team have a big game at Oxford United so will not be looking to strengthen the Ridgeon side.

Kirkley & Pakefield 4th v Felixstowe & Walton United 7th

A HASTILEY re-arranged fixture following the demise of Harwich. The home side will consider this a good week, they suffered no loss of points and moved above Stanway into 4th place following the readjustment and then picked up a huge win at Aldiss Park hitting four past Dereham Town. They are still a long way behind the top three but have the games in hand to close the gap. They face a stiff challenge here against the Seasiders who will see their home defeat in January expunged to leave them with just one defeat since the sides drew at Dellwood Avenue in November.

Mildenhall town 6th v Woodbridge Town 19th

THIS will be a very difficult trip for the visitors against a side at the top of their form. They have won five of their last six, hitting 16 goals while conceding just five. 4th spot is within their grasp and they will be pushing hard in the coming weeks. Mark Scopes has done a sterling job at Woodbridge with few resources but he will know his side will have to be at their very, very best to hold the home side. With only one relegation spot they must pull away from Wivenhoe to feel safe, but they may not be here.

Needham Market 2nd v Ely Cityt 14th

THE home side know what is needed in the coming weeks, they have won six and drawn one of their last seven league games and know they must stay focused on the league despite other distractions. They picked up three points in midweek and with CRC idle they could close to within four points of the leaders with a win here. Dennis Lightning will know his side face a stern test with just one win on the road this season and that back in August. They did collect a useful win in midweek at home to Wisbech and should travel to Bloomfields in good spirits, looking to test the Marketmen.

Newmarket Town 16th v Wivenhoe Town 20th

THE Jockeys suffered a six point loss with the Shrimpers demise but will see this as an opportunity to regain some ground as they entertain the new bottom side. They have won five and drawn two at Cricket Field Road but may have some nerves about being the first side to concede points against the Dragons on home turf. Wivenhoe are in a real basement battle as they slug it out to avoid the one relegation spot with the Woodpeckers. They have run a few sides close and will see this as a chance to collect their first point on the road.

Wisbech Town 10th v Leiston 3rd

BOTH suffered a three point loss with the Harwich withdrawal and Wisbech suffered a blow in midweek when they lost at The Unwin Ground. They have been inconsistent with their results, but their last home defeat was back in September and they will be looking forward to this challenge as they return to The Nest after four games on the road. Their visitors could go second with a win if other results go for them and will travel with confidence having won three and drawn two of their last five. They are unbeaten in 2010 and will be looking to maintain that record here.

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