RIDGEONS PREMIER DIVISION PREVIEW SATURDAY 31st MARCH 2012

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RIDGEONS PREMIER DIVISION PREVIEW SATURDAY 31st MARCH 2012

Post  welshwatcher on Thu Mar 29, 2012 8:38 pm

BRANTHAM ATHLETIC V HAVERHILL ROVERS
Rovers are not in the best of form to travel to third placed Brantham, they have won two of their last six but both were against basement club Great Yarmouth and they lost to third bottom Wivenhoe at home in midweek. Brantham have done marginally better, they too have won twice in their last six but did drop two vital home points in midweek. The Imps are still theoretically in the title chase but are getting cut further adrift with each negative result. The odds are in the home sides favour as they have lost four times at The Leisure Centre against the visitors seven times on the road.

DEREHAM TOWN V FC CLACTON
It has been a disastrous couple of months for The Magpies, without a league win since January and a run of three straight defeats, two of them at Aldiss Park. The loss of form has seen them drop down to ninth in the table. They could be overtaken by their visitors on Saturday evening if they were to lose by three goals although The Seasiders will have to improve on their recent form that currently stands at four straight defeats which has brought just one goal while eight have been conceded. Odds must favour the home side but it would be a brave man who would place a big bet on either.

HADLEIGH UNITED V NEWMARKET TOWN
Safe from any threat of relegation Hadleigh halted a run of four straight defeats eleven days ago with a win away from home and they face a Jockeys side already condemned to relegation at the end of the season. Which side will be the more relaxed, Hadleigh with that win or the visitors released from the uncertainty and no longer having anything to lose other than their dignity. They have now lost ten straight and the balance of probability is that they will pick up a shock result from one of their last four fixtures so this is no gimme’ for the Brettsiders.

MILDENHALL TOWN V NORWICH UNITED
This could be a real classic and would certainly be my match of the day. They sit next to each other in the table, advantage Norwich with a two point lead or advantage Mildenhall with a game in hand. The hosts have won seven times at home while The Planters have won eight times on the road. Goal difference favours Mildenhall, goals conceded favours the visitors. The ‘Hall have won four of their last five, The Planters three of their last five, both won last time out. They have yet to meet this season and the reverse fixture comes up in a fortnight. This could be a real tight affair.

STANWAY ROVERS V GREAT YARMOUTH TOWN
There won’t be many predicting anything other than a home win here. Stanway are chasing a fourth placed finish with perhaps an unrealistic chance of finishing in the top three, but they would have to win all their six fixtures and improve their goal difference considerably. On paper this game is an ideal opportunity to make headway but they face another side with no constraints or relegation fears as they are already scheduled to go down. The Bloaters have lost nine straight games, scoring just three times and unless they can get goals this looks another possibility of a heavy defeat.

WISBECH TOWN V FELIXSTOWE & WALTON UNITED
The Fenmen start the day in fifth and three points could see them end it in fourth which is probably the best they can achieve this season although they would disagree as the league title is still within range if the top two went on a disaster course. They have picked up just one win in their last five league games and drew in mid-week at The Abbey Stadium so will see this a vital three pointer as will their visitors. The Seasiders have struggled to pass the elusive 40 point mark and have lost their last two but their record on the road is far better than at home so will travel with belief.

WOODBRIDGE TOWN V ELY CITY
A massive game here, Ely cannot afford any slip up, every point is vital, they have regained top spot with a two point advantage but having played one game more. Every side they meet will be out to test them and The Woodpeckers have a great opportunity to test both of the top two as they entertain Ely this week and travel to Wroxham next Saturday, having won their last two. Ely have won seven of their last eight with the single loss coming against Wroxham so they are a formidable side for any team to face, Woodpeckers manager Mark Scopes will be looking forward to this game.

WROXHAM V WALSHAM Le WILLOWS
Will The Yachtsmen be nervy about this fixture, they lost last week at The Abbey Stadium and that cost them top spot and one of the five defeats this season came at Sumner Road at the turn of the year. Like Ely, they know what they have to do and cannot afford to drop points. Their visitors are still deeply involved in the relegation battle at the other end of the table but they have won three and drawn one of their last four so are in good form going into the game. A win for Wroxham would put them closer to the title and safety for Walsham while an away win would also see the visitors relegation fears eased.

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Re: RIDGEONS PREMIER DIVISION PREVIEW SATURDAY 31st MARCH 2012

Post  Spenny on Sat Mar 31, 2012 7:59 pm

Excellent work as always, WW. See you later.

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