RIDGEONS PREMIER DIVISION PREVIEW SATURDAY 25th FEBRUARY 2012

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RIDGEONS PREMIER DIVISION PREVIEW SATURDAY 25th FEBRUARY 2012

Post  welshwatcher on Thu Feb 23, 2012 9:38 pm

DISS TOWN V DEREHAM TOWN
Its three days short of a month since The Tangerines were last in league action but they did pick up a home point against third placed Ely City last time out to end a run of four straight defeats, they are one of three sides hovering just above the relegation zone so any result here would be welcome. Their visitors sit in fourth spot but realistically out of touch with the top three having played more games than any of them but they are on a four match unbeaten run which includes draws against both the sides immediately above them in the table.

FELIXSTOWE & WALTON UNITED V NEWMARKET TOWN
The home side were second best last week against the third placed side and will want to put that performance behind them against a Jockey’s side deep in relegation trouble. They will also be looking to wipe out the memory of the reverse fixture that gave the visitors one of their three wins this season. Newmarket have just eight games left and there is no guarantee that winning all of them would preserve their Premier Division status but the challenge is there firstly to end a run of six straight defeats and see where it takes them.

GREAT YARMOUTH TOWN V HAVERHILL ROVERS
The Bloaters plight is now well recorded as they face a mid-table Rovers side who have won four of their last five for the first of two meetings in a fortnight. The home side have lost the last four and twelve of the last 14 but did hold in form Wisbech to a single goal defeat last week so will take encouragement from that. You have to look back to early December for the last time the visitors were beaten away from The New Croft and they have won their last two on the road so will be expecting to collect a maximum return from this game.

MILDENHALL TOWN V BRANTHAM ATHLETIC
The reverse fixture at the beginning of December ended in a 4-0 win for the visitors and no doubt the ‘Hall will still be smarting from that result. The home side have won three of their last four while Brantham have won five of their last six. The home side lead the way in the goals for column but have not been so prolific in recent weeks while Mildenhall have a decent record on the road having won half of the 16 away day matches. This could be a real tight affair and both may be happy to pick up a share of the spoils.

NORWICH UNITED V CRC
The Planters made progress to the League Cup Final last Saturday knocking out the league leaders at Trafford Park but it is now five league games without a win and they were heavily beaten in midweek at the new Fenland Park. Their visitors also suffered a mid-week defeat at FC Clacton, it was their second consecutive loss on the road and spoilt what had looked an impressive away record up to that point. They have still won more than they have lost on their travels while four cup games in their last 11 matches has disrupted the Planters league programme.

STANWAY ROVERS V KIRKLEY & PAKEFIELD
The home sides form has been erratic but they have won three of their last four and are in good form at The Hawthorns. Their visitors have been working hard to pull away from the danger zone and picked up an excellent win on the road last time out. They may find the going tougher here against a side who return to their home patch on the back of two straight away wins. The Royals home and away records are almost identical and avoiding defeat would be a boost in their battle against relegation.

WALSHAM Le WILLOWS V ELY CITY
The home side find themselves back in the relegation zone following their defeat last time out coupled with Wivenhoe picking up two straight wins. Just one point separates them from the side immediately above, they have two games in hand and a much better goal difference but they have to win those games without falling further behind. They face a tough task against a side who are making a serious challenge for the title and are on an eight match unbeaten run of which six have brought maximum points. Walsham also have the scalps of the two sides above Ely already and who is to say they will not collect a third here.

WISBECH TOWN V FC CLACTON
The home side have played the least amount of league games of all the top ten sides so their current 6th place they may be in a false one. They made inroads into their games in hand with a comprehensive win on Tuesday against Norwich United and their home record is beginning to look healthy and it is now three months since their last defeat at New Fenland Park. Their visitors also collected an excellent midweek win so will travel feeling confident. They have a respectable record on the road and a point here would protect their top status.

WIVENHOE TOWN V WROXHAM
Relegation battlers versus title chasers, this could be match of the day. The Dragons are on a four match unbeaten run including three wins so will be looking forward to this encounter to test their improvement. Wroxham now have two sides breathing down their necks and they have dropped points in two of their last three league games. Having said that their away record is formidable, just two defeats and nine goals conceded in a dozen games and they know they cannot relax and just one defeat in their last fourteen league encounters speaks for itself.

WOODBRIDGE TOWN V GORLESTON
The Woodpeckers are eight points ahead of The Greens while the visitors have five games in hand so there is plenty to play for here. The home side have lost their last two at Notcutts Park while Gorleston have struggled home and away with no wins in their last six league games. The sides met at Emerald Park a month ago with The Woodpeckers edging close game 2-1 so the opportunity to gain revenge will loom large for the visitors who have only played one game since then while the home side have lost both they have played.

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