RIDGEONS PREMIER DIVISION PREVIEW MONDAY 26th DECEMBER 2011

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RIDGEONS PREMIER DIVISION PREVIEW MONDAY 26th DECEMBER 2011

Post  welshwatcher on Thu Dec 22, 2011 9:13 pm

Wishing everyone a Very Merry Christmas and may everyone get what they wish for.
WW



DISS TOWN V WALSHAM LE WILLOWS (11AM)
The home side have picked up just one win in their last nine games although three of those fixtures ended all square and they will be looking to pick up a maximum haul here against a side struggling to get away from the bottom three. Willows did win last time out but they have struggled to pick up points away from Sumner Road with just five from a possible 27 collected. The visitors do have three games in hand over their hosts and trail them by seven points so there is plenty of incentive for a win as it would significantly close the gap while a home win would widen the margin.

ELY CITY V WISBECH TOWN (11AM)
This could be a real cracker, two in form sides, separated by one point, the visitors trail by that point but have a game in hand. They have both scored in the mid-forties so far although the Fenmen have the meaner goals against column. It’s Just one defeat in seventeen for The Robins so does this give them the edge as The Fenmen have lost two of their last three. It would be a brave man to call this game and it’s doubtful either manager will set their stall out for a draw, with Wisbech having one eye on higher things they know they need victories to lift them into a promotion place.

FC CLACTON V BRANTHAM ATHLETIC (11AM)
If Clacton’s home record matched their away one they would be significantly higher than their current 8th place while their visitors boast an excellent record on the road with eight wins from the ten games played. Athletic can’t afford to drop points if they are to stay in touch with the leaders who have opened a five point gap. The home side with games in hand could move into the top echelon if they can win those games so this will be a big test for them. It will also be a test for the visitors who will have to contend with a difficult surface if it is a wet Christmas.

FELIXSTOWE & WALTON UNITED V WOODBRIDGE TOWN (1PM)
In the form guide for the last two months the home side are ahead with just one defeat to The Woodpeckers three. The visitors are well ahead on points and picked up a significant draw last week to halt the league leaders six match winning run so will not be lacking in confidence, denying them a goal which in itself is a rare occurrence this season. The home side will also be full of confidence coming off the back of their best performance of the season last week but it’s doubtful form or what happened last week will have any significance. Both sets of players are familiar with each other and New Year bragging rights may have an important part to play.

GT YARMOUTH TOWN V GORLESTON FC (11AM)
There is little Christmas cheer for the troubled home side, lack of finance, rock bottom of the table and cut adrift from the sides immediately above them plus failing to fulfil a fixture last week does not bode well. They face a very difficult fixture against their nearest and keenest rivals who may sympathise with their plight but will look to put them to the sword here, the Greens suffered a set-back last week but are generally enjoying life back in the Premier Division. As Jimmy Greaves famously said ‘It’s a funny old game!’ The Bloaters are rock bottom, at their lowest ebb and have nothing to lose, I wonder!

NEWMARKET TOWN V HAVERHILL ROVERS (Mid-Day)
The Jockeys have struggled all season suffering some heavy defeats but they have picked up points along the way and remain in touch with the sides immediately above them, but only just and another couple of defeats could see that change. Rovers have been unpredictable and inconsistent this season and go into this game on the back of two defeats with a poor away record to date; they did win the reverse fixture 6-1 so that could be a psychological boost for them or work in reverse and make the home side determined not to suffer a repeat.

NORWICH UNITED V KIRKLEY & PAKEFIELD (11am)
The Planters will be happy to see a return to action after 16 days without a game and they will be hoping the break hasn’t disrupted the momentum that has seen them pick up maximum points from their last three games and 13 points from a possible 15, three of them against the side immediately above them in second place. For their visitors it has become a case of making sure they don’t get dragged into a relegation fight but with just one win in their last five and two in ten they are flirting with it and any point would be a hugely valuable one at this stage.

WIVENHOE TOWN V STANWAY ROVERS (1pm)
The home side have played more games than any of the sides around them with the exception of Newmarket and are just two points ahead of Walsham who have five games in hand with a far superior goal difference so the importance of this game is self- evident. They face a stiff task against a side who have lost their way recently with four defeats and a draw from their last five games but who strung a seven match winning run together earlier in the season and are capable of doing that again.

WROXHAM V DEREHAM TOWN (11am)
Can you tear up the form book here, the home side had a six match winning run halted with a goal-less draw last week but their current unbeaten run is now nine, a plus 45 goal difference and heading the table by six points. The Magpies were on their tails in the early part of the season but have dropped into mid table on the back of some indifferent performances and poor results and beat Diss last week to halt a run of three defeats. There is plenty of rivalry between the two and the visitors won’t need much of a pep talk against a side in the habit of winning games but that form book may be the significant factor.

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