PREMIER DIVISION PREVIEW SATURDAY 4th FEBRUARY 2012

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PREMIER DIVISION PREVIEW SATURDAY 4th FEBRUARY 2012

Post  welshwatcher on Thu Feb 02, 2012 9:48 pm

DEREHAM TOWN V HAVERHILL ROVERS
The Magpies have won three and drawn one of their five games since the turn of the year and sit in 4th spot looking down at the chasing pack rather than up at the top three who have opened a gap and Dereham have played more games than any of the sides above them. Their visitors sit 9 places below the hosts but have only lost one more game than the Magpies. It is an average home record against an average away one but Dereham should have the edge with home advantage although their visitors have won their last two on the road against in form sides.

DISS TOWN V FC CLACTON
The Tangerines have lost three and drawn one of their January fixtures and have slipped into the bottom five on the back of those results. They did however hold high flying Ely City to a goal-less draw at Brewers Green Lane last time out so will be hoping for something similar or better here. FCC have games in hand on most of those around them so their current 9th spot may be a false one if they can up points from them. Their away record is a healthy one and outshines their record at Bowl so they will be looking for a maximum return from this encounter.

ELY CITY V WROXHAM
This is certainly Match of the Day and could be a huge indicator on The Yachtsmen’s title ambitions. It is games such as this were champions are made. Nobody has lowered The Robins colours at The Unwin Ground this season and only three sides have taken a point away so they present formidable opposition. Wroxham have won nine times and drawn once on their twelve away days but have gone through a sticky patch by their own standards of late. Ely are unbeaten in seven but have drawn their last two.

FELIXSTOWE & WALTON UNITED V WISBECH TOWN
The Seasiders have picked up a couple of decent draws against fancied opposition including the league leaders and did a demolition job on the bottom club last week. They face a different task here, The Fenmen have been pre-occupied with The FA Vase recently but sadly they went out of the competition last week so will be giving the league their total concentration. The Seasiders home record isn’t impressive compared with their visitor’s record on the road and they will have to be at their very best to take anything from this encounter as Wisbech look to climb the table.

GORLESTON V MILDENHALL TOWN
After impressing early season the home side have lost their form recently and it is now six games without a win. They only managed two league games in January, both of which they lost and they will face a stiff test here. Mildenhall continue to be inconsistent but they have won two of their last three, both away from home making it 8 wins on their travels. Gorleston do have games in hand on those around them and are a side that likes to get the ball down and play as do their visitors so this could be a tight affair and hinge on who is sharpest in front of goal.

GT. YARMOUTH TOWN V NEWMARKET TOWN
The home side have an opportunity here to gain some confidence if they can put on a decent performance against a side in the same relegation fight. They have conceded an amazing 205 goals between them which would indicate this will be a high scoring affair but they have scored just 56 times in 60 games between them which indicates it won’t. It is now 21 games since The Bloaters last victory while the Jockeys have just won victory from their last 18 league games. While the quality may not be there I doubt there will be any lack of spirit and effort from either side.

KIRKLEY & PAKEFIELD V BRANTHAM ATHLETIC
Improving Kirkley had a couple of setbacks recently but picked up an excellent win at Notcutts Park last week and will be eager for this match to beat the weather with a Brantham side at Walmer Road on a four match winning run. Three of those four wins have been close encounters with just one big win over relegation threatened Newmarket. Royals manager Paul Tong has never shirked a challenge and will have his side ready for this encounter as will Athletic manager Tony Hall who had got his side grinding out results and stringing together impressive unbeaten runs.

WALSHAM LE WILLOWS V STANWAY ROVERS
My favourite saying, on paper this looks an away banker, but we don’t play football on paper. The Willows results have improved dramatically in January with just one defeat in five and victories over the division’s top two, so confidence is high for Paul Smiths side who are benefitting from Jon Taylors experience. Rovers have been on an alternative win, lose sequence over the past six game and they will need to buck that trend here is they are to take anything from this game, having won last time out. This could be a tight affair that could go either way.

WOODBRIDGE TOWN V NORWICH UNITED
Four games without a win and a two week absence from league football as seen the Planters drop out of the league top four and it is now almost two months since their last victory. A home win would push The Woodpeckers above their visitors but their home record has not been impressive of late having lost on their last two appearances at Notcutts Park. Only one goal has separated Woodbridge and their opposition in recent weeks other than a big win over Newmarket while the Planters have also had some close encounters so this could be a real tight affair.

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