Planters face crucial four days as play-off battle hots up

Christy Finch scored twice for Norwich United.

Christy Finch scored twice for Norwich United. - Credit: Archant

Norwich United have an excellent chance ofo keeping the pressure on their play-off rivals, with two home games in four days against Romford today andAveley on Tuesday.

The Planters have been on an excellent run with six wins and a draw from their last eight games, a sequence that has pushed them up to eighth in the table.

Last Saturday they travelled to Tilbury and despite trailing at the break two second half strikes from Christy Finch saw them return home with a fine 2-1 victory.

Finch has now netted nine goals in nine matches since joining the club from Leiston just before Christmas to help the Planters climb up the table.

Neither game will be a push-over however, with the the Planters losing both corresponding away fixtures during an injury-hit October. Romford are also on a decent run of form, having wonthree of their last six games to move 11 points clear of the relegation zone.

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Coyle was handed the managerial reigns until the end of the season following the resignation of Damian Hilton in the aftermath of last Saturday's 4-0 home drubbing at the hands of fellow strugglers Waltham Abbey which left the Yachtsmen 12 points from safety.

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Assisted by Kaine Challen, he saw his side put in a solid display in the Norfolk Senior Cup quarter-finals at King's Lynn in midweek before going down 2-1 to Tom Ward's injury-time goal - and will now be looking for more of the same, with a different result of course, against a side who are currently on the fringes of the play-off race.

Dereham Town take on Thamesmead Town in a mid-table encounter at Aldiss Park. The Magpies will go into the fixture in good heart after winning 2-1 at VCD last time out thanks an injury-time goal from Will Sainsbury-Logan - but will be well aware that they have made a habit of following a win with a defeat since the turn of the year.

Magpies won last weekend despite having Robbie Lindford sent off in the first half when the score was 0-0 so he will be missing through suspension today.

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