Batch looking forward to Wroxham’s FA Cup challenge

Wroxham boss David Batch turns his attention to the FA Cup this afternoon - encouraged by his team's midweek league performance.

The Yachtsmen were beaten 1-0 by Witham - leaving them empty-handed from their opening pair of games in the Ryman League Division one North.

But Batch - who rated his players as 'four and fives out of 10' after their opener at Potter's Bar a week ago, was encouraged by an improved performance at Trafford Park.

Having conceded in the first half, Wroxham were only denied an equaliser by the visiting keeper while holding firm at the other end, where Witham were unable to get another effort on target.

'Overall it was a reasonable performance from our players and a good response from Saturday,' said Batch. 'There were some good individual performances and we are looking forward to Saturday.'

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Great Wavering Rovers play in the Essex Senior League Premier Division, starting the season with two wins and a defeat and travelling to Norfolk on the back of a 6-02 midweek League Cup thrashing off Hullbridge Sports.

But they will face a Wroxham side eager to get a win on the board.

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'I thought Witham were a very good side who were very direct and had bags of pace on the counter-attack, a completely different proposition to what we faced last Saturday against Potters Bar and last season in the Eastern Counties League,' added Batch.

'The second 20 minutes of the first half saw them take control, moving the ball well and forcing (Michael) Hilton into a tremendous save before opening the scoring. We tweaked it after they scored to shore things up a bit, something in hindsight I should have done earlier.

'Half time gave us the chance to regroup and for the first 20 minutes of the second half we took control of the match, with four great chances in the first 10 minutes of that half, and definitely deserved to be level.'

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