Planters aiming to maintain surge towards play-off zone

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Christy Finch scores his second for Noewich United

Bury Town 2 Norwich Utd 3 Christy Finch scores his second for Noewich United - Credit: Archant

A run of five wins in six matches has propelled Norwich United to the fringes of play-off contention and they have an excellent opportunity for three more points today when they host bottom of the table Great Wakering Rovers.

The signing of striker Christy Finch from Leiston just before Christmas has proved an excellent move and the prolific marksmen illustrated just why the Planters snapped him up last Saturday when he netted a hat-trick against fellow contenders Bury Town in an impressive 3-2 win at Ram Meadow.

That victory lifted United up to 10th in Ryman League North and Steve Eastaugh's men sit just seven points off the play-off positions with a game in hand.

Today's visitors have picked up just one point from their last eight games, a 1-1 draw at Tilbury since when they have lost four on the spin to slip below Wroxham into last place. However they were competitive in their two most recent outings, both against high-flying oppostion, a 2-0 defeat at Maldon & Tiptree and a 2-1 home defeat by Brightlingsea Regent.

The Planters welcome Matt Brown back to the squad after missing Saturday's win through work commitments.

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Having given themselves something to build on at Trafford Park in recent weeks Wroxham face a tough task today when they resume their travels. The Yachtsmen picked up four points from successive home fixtures to move off the bottom, with a 3-2 win over Thamesmead followed by a 1-1 draw against Witham, courtesy of a first half equaliser from Armani Schaar.

Damian Hilton's side now face a testing fixture at sixth placed Cheshunt before another away game at fellow relegation battlers Brentwood on Tuesday evening. The Yachtsmen are currently eight points behind the fourth from bottom Essex side, but have two games in hand on them - and one in hand on the side immediately above them Waltham Abbey, who are seven clear.

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Mid-table Dereham Town also face promotion chasing opposition, with seventh placed Haringey Borough the visitors to Aldiss Park.The Magpies won 3-2 at Soham last time out but have tended to follow a win with a defeat in recent weeks and will be aiming to end the inconsistency today.

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