Title race to go to the wire

IT looks as though the race for the Ridgeons Premier Division title will go down to the final afternoon of the season after the weekend’s action left three sides with it all to play for.

IT looks as though the race for the Ridgeons Premier Division title will go down to the final afternoon of the season after the weekend’s action left three sides with it all to play for.

The other end of the table sees Woodbridge needing three points from their last two games should Wivenhoe show a miraculous turnaround in fortunes.

Leaders Needham had the luxury of a day off in preparation for their Monday night cup final at Portman Road and they were still in pole position at 4.45pm as CRC went down 1-0 at Trafford Park.

Home side Wroxham were playing their fourth game in eight days and looking to stop it becoming three straight defeats.

Steve Spriggs hit the only goal of the game in the 38th minute to leave The Scholars two points adrift of The Marketmen having played the same amount of games but with a plus 10 goal difference.

Third-placed Leiston saw off bottom-of-the-table Wivenhoe 5-1 to leave the Dragons virtually relegated although the mathematicians will say they still have a chance.

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The win kept Leiston very much in the hunt for the title with two games left, they are three points adrift of the leaders but will feel confident in winning those games having had their colours lowered just once in the last 15 outings.

The situation could be much clearer by Tuesday evening after CRC have played their match at Wisbech.

Fourth-placed Kirkley & Pakefield were dropped from the chase following their second defeat in four days as they lost 3-1 at Wisbech but they are confirmed as fourth-placed finishers to improve their position by two places over last season.

There is still a fight on for the next three places with five sides jostling for position.

Fifth-placed Mildenhall have one game left following their 4-3 win at troubled Histon but can be caught by three of the four clubs immediately below them.

Stanway Rovers and Felixstowe & Walton will certainly have to improve on their weekend form as both lost convincingly.

Dereham moved into 10th spot following their 3-1 win over Rovers while the Seasiders failed to pick up any points at Newmarket where they lost 0-2 when a win would have seen them move into sixth place and on to the heels of Mildenhall.

Newmarket did improve one place, moving up to 16th on the back of their victory and find themselves looking up at the three sides above them as they are now within catching distance.

Wisbech’s win over Kirkley kept them in eighth on goal difference from Wroxham although the Yachtsmen still have three games in hand over them. The big question for ninth-placed Wroxham is can they keep their stamina up in the gruelling three games a week run they find themselves in?

Tenth-placed Dereham could still climb a couple of places if they can maintain their current eight-match unbeaten run going while Ely, without a game on Saturday, slipped one place and could move either way depending on results around them.

Walsham’s 1-0 win over Woodbridge kept them in 12th spot while ending the Woodpeckers’ mini-revival with Norwich United climbing two places to 13th after beating Hadleigh for the second time in three weeks.

It wasn’t such a convincing victory this time round with a single goal deciding the points. The loss cost The Brettsiders one place as they dropped to 17th with Histon remaining in 18th following their home defeat by Mildenhall.

Woodbridge now look safe while Wivenhoe are doomed if just football dictates events.

There will be some politics and outside influences perhaps controlling which clubs will be Premier Division sides next season though.

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