RIDGEONS PREMIER DIVISION PREVIEW - SATURDAY 24th MARCH 2012

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RIDGEONS PREMIER DIVISION PREVIEW - SATURDAY 24th MARCH 2012

Post  welshwatcher on Thu Mar 22, 2012 10:12 pm

CRC V WROXHAM
Back on top following their mid-week win and a game in hand puts The Yachtsmen firmly back in the driving seat. As they say, the title is theirs to lose, looking at their remaining games they have a few tricky ones to come so it is certainly not all over. CRC have their own agenda and they will see this as a real test for them, the best they can realistically do is finish fourth but can ill afford to drop many points as those just below them are within overtaking distance. Experience has much to do with this stage of the season and the visitors have that in abundance.

FC CLACTON V GORLESTON
On paper neither of these two have that impressive a record but the edge has to be with the home side, they have lost the last two, both away but beat the current leaders in their last home game and travelled the long distance to Trafford Park in mid-week where they lost the reverse fixture. Gorleston have picked up just one win in their last six games and that in the middle of four defeats. Their last trip away from Emerald Park ended in a 6-0 loss, that was at The Suffolk Seasiders and they will need to improve if they are not to suffer a similar fate at The Essex Seasiders.

HAVERHILL ROVERS V WOODBRIDGE TOWN
These two sit equal on points in 11th and 12th with the visitors having the advantage of position on goal difference. Rovers home record just has the edge on the Woodpeckers record away from Notcutts Park but there is little to choose between them. Both will be keen to win as they currently sit mid-table and a top ten finish sounds much better than mid-table. Haverhill have won four and drawn one of their last six while The Woodpeckers have won two and lost three of their last six.

KIRKLEY & PAKEFIELD V FELIXSTOWE & WALTON UNITED
While not a crucial six pointer in terms of the relegation battle, it is never the less important for both clubs to get something from this game. One point would see the visitors hit the magic 40 point mark while a home win would put The Royals level on points with the Seasiders but with an inferior goal difference. The visitors have a two game cushion on their hosts while Kirkley were caught in the week by Walsham Le Willows who now sit on 36 points with them. It is all very tight between 16th and 19th and any win at this stage is massive for any of the sides in the battle.

MILDENHALL V DISS TOWN
The hosts have played just one league game in the past month and that brought three points on Tuesday at Emerald Park. They will consider this season a disappointing one as they had aspirations to challenge the top sides for honours but inconsistency has let them down and four straight defeats in October & November dealt them a huge blow. Diss are the in-form side in the division at present with five straight wins so will not fear any opposition at present. Mildenhall won the reverse fixture in mid-January and The Tangerines lost the next fixture but that was their last defeat.

NEWMARKET TOWN V NORWICH UNITED
Newmarket are not mathematically doomed to relegation yet but that may not be the case at 4.45 on Saturday if they have not recorded their third home win of the season. They would still have to hope that they win their last five while Wivenhoe lose all their games and Wroxham get promoted so realistically it will be Division One football next season. Nothing’s guaranteed of course and their visitors will need to bounce back from two straight defeats in the last twelve days, the Planters have dropped out of the top six and need three points to give themselves a chance of regaining 6th spot.

STANWAY ROVERS V ELY CITY
Match of the Day without doubt. 6th placed Stanway swept Dereham aside at Aldiss Park in the week and saw off Wisbech at the Hawthorns a week ago so they will be bubbling with confidence. Ely lost top spot in the week without actually playing and feel hard done by with two red cards at The Wellesley in their 4-2 win last Saturday. Their unbeaten home record went twelve days ago but they have lost just once this year and present formidable opposition for any side, just the place for Colchester neutrals to watch non-league football at its best.

WALSHAM Le WILLOWS V DEREHAM TOWN
The hosts are probably two wins away from guaranteed Premier Division status next season and host 8th placed Dereham on the back of three straight wins, 11 goals scored with just one conceded. Conversely their visitors arrive on the back of three straight defeats that has seen them concede ten goals. Current form say a home win but The Magpies are capable of beating any side on their day so will be expecting to get something from this game. Can Walsham extend their winning run while looking over their shoulder!

WIVENHOE TOWN V WISBECH TOWN
The Dragons know what they have to do, win, win, win to give themselves any chance of survival and hope that Walsham and Kirkley produce a similar record of defeats. There one realistic hope of survival is in Wroxham winning the title and gaining promotion leaving just two relegated, but that alone would not be enough and it is now five games since their last win. The Fenmen will definitely have their eye on a fourth place finish and have the games in hand to assure they do, if of course they win them and it is difficult to see anything other than an away win here.

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