RIDGEONS PREMIER DIVISION PREVIEW SATURDAY 26th NOVEMBER 2011

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RIDGEONS PREMIER DIVISION PREVIEW SATURDAY 26th NOVEMBER 2011

Post  welshwatcher on Thu Nov 24, 2011 9:34 pm

CRC V KIRKLEY & PAKEFIELD
The home side have failed to recapture the form of the past couple of seasons which is always likely to be the situation as Scholars come in and others move on. Their home form has been less than impressive with just two wins from the nine games played at The Abbey Stadium. They did hit Wivenhoe for six in their last home game but also shipped six last week at Wroxham. Their visitors have struggled this season with just one win on the road to date and one win in their last seven games although they may take the view they are unbeaten in their last two and are looking to extend that record.

FC CLACTON V ELY CITY
The home side have won their last three scoring a dozen goals on the way. The table won’t show they were against three of the current bottom four but one should never underestimate the confidence gained from winning games no matter who the opposition may be. It will have been excellent preparation for this encounter against one of the emerging sides in the league. Ely extended their unbeaten league run to 14 games last week. They sit comfortably in 6th place with at least three games in hand on those immediately above them and they are now formidable opposition for any side they play.

FELIXSTOWE & WALTON UNITED V WALSHAM Le WILLOWS
These two shared the points in the reverse fixture less than a month ago and neither have been in scintillating form since. Cup football has restricted the home side to just two league games since that encounter with one win and one defeat while their visitors have lost three of the four they have played. The Seasiders home record is marginally better than The Willows away results, both are desperate to pick up points and pull away from the bottom five where they languish at the moment and this could be a hard fought encounter.

HADLEIGH UNITED V HAVERHILL ROVERS
Most pundits will be staying away from the bookies rather than bet on this result. They met just four days ago and the visitors smashed six past their hosts in the League Cup and now have a quick return in the league. Hadleigh have conceded six goals on three occasions to date and have scored six on two so high scoring games are no strangers to them. Can the Rovers reproduce that cup form in the league is another matter, they won last time out beating Stanway Rovers but they haven’t been impressive away from The New Croft with just two wins from seven played and a negative goal difference.

MILDENHALL TOWN V WIVENHOE TOWN
Mildenhall’s away record is better than their home one at present but they could change that here with a win. They ended four straight defeats in their last league outing but have been busy with cup football the last fortnight with mixed success. Wivenhoe will be relying on their home form if they are to survive this season as their away record shows 11 played 11 lost, 6 scored 31 conceded. All records are there to be broken and that run will end at some point but they will do very well to end it here. The home side have scored 23 times at close on four a game at Recreation Way and The Dragons will do well to restrict them from preserving that record.

STANWAY ROVERS V WOODBRIDGE TOWN
The home side produced a run of ten games unbeaten but have now lost three of their last four although two were on their travels at Brantham and Wisbech. A home win would push the Rovers into the top six and possibly higher dependent on other results. Their visitors have won games they may have been expected to lose and lost where they were favourites to win but they have a decent record on the road with three wins and three draws from their nine games and a positive goal difference.

WISBECH TOWN V BRANTHAM ATHLETIC
A quick glance at the form table will show that these two sit next to each other at the top with the home side at the pinnacle. The League table shows them just as close with the visitors just ahead but having played one game more, something has to give. Neither can overtake the current leaders who are not in action but they can put daylight between themselves and the chasing pack. Wisbech haven’t drawn at home, Brantham haven’t drawn away. Do Brantham with 31 goals on their travels have the edge over the Fenmen who have conceded just eight times on home soil. Classic encounters!

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Re: RIDGEONS PREMIER DIVISION PREVIEW SATURDAY 26th NOVEMBER 2011

Post  Spenny on Sat Nov 26, 2011 10:24 am

Excellent work as always, WW. Thank goodness there weren't more games this weekend. I just had room to squeeze some bits of the Vase draw underneath it in our programme...

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