Weekend Ridgeons League Premier preview

Just two weeks into the new season and there have been plenty of upsets already with just three clubs going into the third weekend with unbeaten records

Brantham Athletic v CRC

The home side have had a big sponsorship boost this week but have yet to find a Premier division goal this season, although they did hit four in the FA Cup last weekend. They could well struggle again at home against the league leaders who have carried on from last season with a 100% record and 14 goals scored in the opening three games.

Ely City v Stanway Rovers

Six points from their opening two fixtures will have given the Robins confidence, despite being pegged back in midweek at the impressive new Fenmen’s stadium. They sit in a healthy sixth place in the table and face a Rovers side who will be looking to improve on their opening three League games that has produced just one win.

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FC Clacton v Dereham Town

It has been a tough opening for the newly-promoted home side and is unlikely to get any easier here. After two creditable draws on the road they lost for the first time in over a year at Rush Green in midweek and won’t want to make that a habit. Many fancy their visitors to be strong contenders for honours this season and defeat in the FA Cup last week may see them more focused on the league.

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Hadleigh United v Great Yarmouth Town

The Brettsiders changed their management in the summer and Stuart Crawford has been busy strengthening his side but they have yet to see a victory and made an early exit from the FA Cup. The Bloaters are certainly enjoying their return to the top flight with two excellent wins on the road from the three games played.

Histon Reserves v Woodbridge Town

Many wrote the Stute’s reserves off before a ball was kicked in earnest and conceding 17 goals in their first three games appeared to confirm it, but a surprise midweek win has lifted them away from the foot of the table. Their visitors suffered a massive defeat on the opening day at the home side’s neighbours but then collected a win at Broad Lane so this could be a tight affair.

Kirkley & Pakefield v Felixstowe & Walton United

The Royals are another of the fancied sides this season and are one of the three so far unbeaten teams, starting the day in third place with an opportunity to go top, dependant on other results. They recovered from a two goal deficit in midweek to take all three points at Maitlands and their visitors could find it a tough afternoon. The Seasiders have picked up three straight wins so far.

Mildenhall Town v Walsham Le Willows

After a good opening day win the ‘Hall have slipped up, crashing out of the FA Cup and losing in midweek at Histon, it has not been a good week for new manager Christian Appleford and he will want an improved performance from his side here. The Willows, also under new management have yet to taste victory with one draw from their opening three League games.

Newmarket Town v Leiston

The Jockeys have collected two useful draws from their opening three games and had a good FA Cup win last week but face a tough afternoon here. Many closed the betting on Leiston before a ball was kicked as champions elect, but new manager Mark Morsley is far too experienced to take notice of that and knows nothing comes easy. They lost on the opening day but have won three straight games since including an FA Cup victory against strong UCL opposition.

Norwich United v Haverhill Rovers

The Planters made an excellent start to the season with three wins, scoring ten goals without reply, including a 4-0 demolition of Gt Yarmouth in the FA Cup before losing at home in midweek. Rovers enjoyed an opening day victory at their new ground but then suffered a defeat. They play their first match away from the New Croft here and could find it a tough afternoon.

Wisbech Town v Wroxham

This is the other contender for Match of the Day with The Fenmen looking likely to be in the hunt this season if they continue their early form. They have an impressive new stadium that is attracting good crowds and start the day second in the table. The Yachtsmen haven’t had the best of starts with just one win and a midweek home defeat on Wednesday but they are never easy opponents.

Wivenhoe Town v Debenham LC

It could be a another long hard season for the Dragons who have lost their opening three fixtures, they did put up a good fight at the league leaders last weekend before going down 2-0 but face another difficult afternoon against a Hornets side who have been finding the net regularly so far, hitting 14 goals in their opening four fixtures. Although they have lost twice, the visitors are sitting just behind the early leading clubs and will be happy to maintain that position.

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