Andrew's healing hands are key to hopes of glory

Paddy DavittWroxham's 12th man could yet play an important role in the Yachtsmen's bid for FA Vase success this weekend. Norwich-based chiropractor Andrew Goddard and his team at Anglia Chiropractic have been working overtime to ensure David Batch has a clean bill of health ahead of Sunday's Wembley date against Whitley Bay.Paddy Davitt

Wroxham's 12th man could yet play an important role in the Yachtsmen's bid for FA Vase success this weekend.

Norwich-based chiropractor Andrew Goddard and his team at Anglia Chiropractic have been working overtime to ensure David Batch has a clean bill of health ahead of Sunday's Wembley date against Whitley Bay.

Wide players Gary Gilmore and Matty Daniels have both undergone intensive treatment along with skipper Graham Challen as Wroxham's gruelling FA Vase run and punishing Ridgeons League schedule takes its toll.

Goddard will also be on hand at Wembley to offer his expertise when Batch's squad aim to emulate Diss in becoming only the second Norfolk club to win the prestigious competition.


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"I've known David for several years and through that I felt if we could help in any way then of course we would," said Goddard, who works alongside two further chiropractors and a sports therapist at his state-of-the-art practice.

"For a game of the FA Vase final's importance players want to try and be as fit as possible. We work with the spine, the muscles and the joints to optimise performance.

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"Including the coaching staff, I would say we have seen maybe six or seven people at the club.

"The likes of Gary and Graham are both optimistic they will be okay. Gary has felt the benefit quite a bit and for a sportsman you want to be mentally and physically at your peak.

"He would say himself it has really helped his performance so I'll be going down with my son on the day and bringing the equipment just in case."

Challen damaged his hamstring within days of the club's semi-final, second leg success against Whitehawk but returned for the opening half of Saturday's Ridgeons League finale against Woodbridge.

"We played three games the following week and in the third one about 60 minutes in I pulled my hamstring," he said.

"I've had a lot of treatment on it and I'm confident it won't be a problem. It is difficult playing so many games. Batchy was trying to split it up between all the players but there was still a huge workload for the boys."

Challen and the rest of the squad now have the luxury of an uninterrupted week's preparations to press their claims for a Wembley starting spot.

"I think we'll know before the day of the game," said Challen. "The manager is well prepared and I expect that information will be given to us early doors so the team and the squad will know who is playing. The coaching staff has a lot of decisions to make, but we'll be well prepared.

"We just wanted to get the last league game out of the way, put in a good performance, and go into this game with a positive attitude.

"The week leading up to Wembley will be all about a bit of training, getting together as a group and a bit of team bonding before going down to London and being part of the occasion.

"Physically and mentally this week is all about making sure we are in the right condition. Mentally that is vital. We have to get our game head on and be in the right frame of mind so we don't turn up and freeze on the day."

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